Prosecutor opposes media efforts to obtain names of Cosby trial jurors

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A Common Pleas judge in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Saturday declared a mistrial in the sexual assault case against the 79-year-old entertainer after jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

"The key to retrying a case is to do it differently the second time, because the defense expects you to do it the same way", said Troiani, whose client is on board for a retrial.

The names of the jurors who failed to reach a verdict in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have not been made public, but the judge could revisit the issue as early as Monday.

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. After two days of looking into the case, however, the jurors failed to come up with a unanimous verdict on the case.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The woman whose police complaint led to Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is thanking supporters in the wake of the jury deadlock. "I am eternally grateful for the messages I have received in recent days". She was an employee at his alma mater, Temple University, and they frequently interacted because of her work.

The names remain shielded under a protective order that several news outlets have challenged. It is not yet clear why jurors could not reach a verdict, or how close they came.

"We got to try our case", Steele said.

"I don't know why he wasn't convicted", McCloskey said of Cosby. He found the taped phone call played in court between Cosby and Constand's mother, in which Cosby described the sexual encounter with her daughter, particularly disturbing.

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.

Prosecutors are fighting to keep the jurors' identities a secret, arguing in court documents Monday that releasing them would result in a "publicity onslaught" and make picking a jury for the second trial more hard. A hearing on whether to release juror's names will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Norristown.

"It was ridiculously creepy", McCloskey said on the radio station, according to Philly.com. McCloskey says jurors did not discuss the case on the bus ride after the trial. "A mistrial is simply the justice system at work", O'Neill said, thanking jurors and urging them not to feel that they let the justice system down. Cosby faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison if convicted of the charges.

Excoriated by the defense for charging Cosby in the first place, District Attorney Kevin Steele vowed to put him on trial a second time, saying accuser Andrea Constand supported the decision.

"Too often these types of crimes, sexual assaults, do not get reported, especially cases where a drug has been used in a drug-facilitated sexual assault", Steele said. Speaking in a calm and unemotional tone, Veronique Valliere, a psychologist, testified that sexual assault victims are frequently so traumatized that they can be confused about details.

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