Juror: Cosby panel almost evenly split through deliberations

Ruben Ruiz
June 26, 2017

A juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial says the panel was nearly evenly split in its deliberations.

On June 17, the judge in Cosby's case declared a mistrial after the 12-person jury spent six days and more than 50 hours trying to reach a unanimous decision.

The two holdouts against the guilty charges on counts one and three were "not moving, no matter what", the anonymous juror told ABC.

The juror who spoke to ABC said emotions were high as deliberations wore on in a cramped back room.

There was very little physical evidence in the case against Bill Cosby, so much of it hinged on who the jury believed.

On the third count the jury voted 10 to two in favor of finding Cosby guilty of giving Constand drugs or intoxicants without her knowledge, impairing her ability to resist sexual advances from the comedian.

Prosecutors have already said they plan to retry Cosby, but this juror said the 79-year-old comedian - whose reputation is in tatters after dozens of women accused him of sexual misconduct - has been punished enough.

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

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In fact, the situation grew so tense that one male juror punched a concrete wall out of frustration.

At first, the juror said, the majority sided with acquitting Cosby on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby said the encounter with the former director of women's basketball operations at his alma mater, Temple University, was consensual.

The judge in the case, Steven T. O'Neill, ruled Wednesday that the juror names could be revealed, citing a limited 1st Amendment right for the media to publish them.

An alternate juror, who sat through all the testimony but was not involved in any of the deliberations, previously told NBC News that he would have voted to convict Cosby.

"The statute of limitations was running out", the juror said.

"I was shocked there was a mistrial", the juror, who did not wish to be identified, told Inside Edition. In one instance, the mother of an alternate juror said she chose to sit on the front porch of their Squirrel Hill home because she had received so many visits from reporters. "They had five sheriff's deputies at the door and they could hear us and they kept coming in because they thought we were already fighting", the juror said.

The juror also believes that Cosby's alleged actions weren't premeditated, explaining: "I think that he gave [the pills] to her, and then later when he saw what was up, maybe he figured, 'Maybe I'll do something'".

The juror characterized deliberations as tense.

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