Cosby Juror Reveals What Happened

2 jurors refused to convict
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 22, 2017 9:36 AM CDT
Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa.   (Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – After 52 hours of tense deliberations, two holdouts in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian, a juror told ABC News, per the AP. The juror, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 10 of the 12 jurors agreed that Cosby was guilty on the first and third felony counts alleging he lacked consent when he penetrated Andrea Constand's genitals with his fingers and that he gave her an intoxicant that substantially impaired her and stopped her from resisting. Only one of the jurors thought he was guilty on the second count, alleging Constand was unconscious or semi-conscious at the time and could not give consent, the juror said.

The two holdouts were "not moving, no matter what," the juror told the network Wednesday, adding emotions were high as deliberations wore on in a cramped back room. "People would just start crying out of nowhere," the juror said, adding that one fellow juror punched a concrete wall in the jury room. Jurors initially voted overwhelmingly to acquit Cosby on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault, the juror said. Constand testified that Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby said the encounter was consensual. Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial, saying he wants Cosby to be retried within four months. (Read more Bill Cosby stories.)

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