Juror says Cosby trial panel almost evenly split

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 24, 2017

At the start of their deliberations, the juror told ABC News, most leaned toward acquitting the 79-year-old actor and comedian, who claimed the sexual contact with Constand, 44, was consensual.

A juror tells ABC News the jury couldn't reach a consensus after voting 10-2 to convict on two counts against Cosby.

Prosecutors say Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team, at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004.

Each spoke anonymously, to the Associated Press and local TV network WPXI, and said that the 10-2 vote did happen at one point in deliberations but changed as some jurors changed their minds.

"The tears came toward the end", the juror said of the mood in the deliberation room.

Although 10 of the 12 jurors who participated in Bill Cosby's highly-publicized trial believed the comedian was guilty of aggravated sexual assault, the other two kept him from getting convicted. After 52 hours, they couldn't reach a verdict on any of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Bill Cosby.

"We will reevaluate and review our case and will retry it and move as soon as possible", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said, according to Fox News.

The juror spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the sensitive deliberations.

"We had a hard time deciding where to go for dinner", he said of the "many personalities in the room" to NBC News.

"There was no budging, and there was none from there on out", the juror said of the initial deadlock.

The juror said all but one juror wanted to acquit Cosby on the other count, alleging Constand was unconscious or semi-conscious at the time and could not give consent.

The defense has maintained Cosby's innocence and said it will continue to fight the charges. One male juror, in an especially tense moment, reportedly punched the concrete wall. "Not once. If somebody would mention something, we would cut them off".

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Ms Constand has done. While many will still find it hard to imagine that the Cosby jury couldn't come to a decision, it allows for a bit of understanding as to what they endured.

The judge cited the media's First Amendment rights and Supreme Court precedent in ordering the release of the names.

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