Prosecutor opposes media efforts to obtain names of Cosby trial jurors

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A man who says he was one of the alternate jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial told a Pittsburgh radio station Monday that he would have voted to convict the comedian.

On Saturday morning, Bill Cosby's ongoing trial came to an end with the jury deadlocked on a decision.

Meanwhile, Montgomery County's District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said Constand is "entitled to a verdict" in the case so there has to be another trial.

"I said if you want to know anything [about the game], I can probably let you know anything you want to know about that", McCloskey said he told the judge.

Lawyers for several media outlets argued at a hearing Tuesday that jurors' names should nearly always be public to ensure transparency in the judicial process. Judge Steven O'Neill could revisit the issue as early as Monday. The district attorney said they would retry the case against Cosby.

O'Neill sent them back yet again - something judges have the discretion to do as many times as they see fit - but by Saturday, after six days of fruitless deliberations, the jury convinced O'Neill that they were never getting to a unanimous decision.

Dozens of women have come forward to say he drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to result in criminal charges. According to McCloskey, Cosby apologized to Constand's mother and described graphically the sexual acts that took place during the night in question.

Alternates listen to all the testimony in a trial, but do not participate in deliberations.

Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the goal of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with. Occasionally, we pretend that history is a linear force that propels us, inevitably, toward more comprehensive justice, and that grotesque contradictions - such as the mistrial in the Cosby case - are brief, unfortunate glitches in the overall clockwork of progress. The jurors' decision not to ask to rehear the experts' testimony could be an indication that they accepted their opinions at face value or, conversely, that they were unimpressed. After Casey Anthony was acquitted of suffocating her 2-year-old daughter in 2011, one juror quit her job and moved due to death threats she received, Hannaford-Agor said.

Tonight on Channel 11 News staring at 5, hear the arguments that swayed McCloskey against Cosby and why he's happy the case will be retried.

Cosby himself didn't comment, remaining stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, but his spokesman Andrew Wyatt declared the star's "power is back". However, instead of commenting on the implications of the mistrial, Oliver only briefly reflected on Cosby's odd behavior after the trial.

Constand, 44, of Toronto, met Cosby through his alma mater, Temple University.

But Constand's allegations were the only criminal case brought against him as most of the alleged abuse happened too long ago to prosecute.

O'Neill, who declared a mistrial, is expected to set a new court date within four months. Aside from Constand, several other women have also accused the actor of sexually abusing them for decades.

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