Judge to consider request to release Cosby jurors' names


(AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Andrew Wyatt raises his fist as Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

McCloskey is the first of the jurors to speak out about the trial.

The Bill Cosby sexual assault trial which captivated the attention of America for over a year came to a disappointing and anticlimactic end on Saturday.

On Tuesday, Constand, 44, took to Twitter to say that she is eternally grateful for the messages she has received.

Cosby is charged with supplying Constand, a former Temple University basketball manager, with pills and molesting her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

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A mistrial was declared Saturday after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked. Cosby has called their sexual encounter consensual. "Trust it, believe in it, and I'm confident that if this case is retried, he'll be acquitted".

As one of six alternates, Mike McCloskey was in the courtroom for the trial, but didn't deliberate with the 12 jurors.

An alternate juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case says he "probably" would have voted to convict. The prosecution believes if the names of jurors are released and subject to mass media inquiries, it could make it more hard when the next jury is picked. Media organizations including The Associated Press urged a judge to release them, saying the public has an interest in "confirming that the outcome of the first trial was the result of an impartial process".

O'Neill advised jurors when the trial ended Saturday that they didn't need to discuss the case. They say that releasing the names of the jurors could make it more hard to select an impartial jury in the next trial. Following a series of complaints against him, he had to face three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault.

It has become increasingly common for judges to keep juror names secret during high-profile trials, though not after the case has ended, said Paula Hannaford-Agor, who studies juries for the nonprofit National Center for State Courts.