The Latest: Juror says 2 holdouts prevented guilty verdict

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Posted: Jun 21, 2017 10:16 PM
The Latest: Juror says 2 holdouts prevented guilty verdict

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the release of jurors' names in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

A juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case says two holdouts prevented a guilty verdict.

The juror, who spoke exclusively to ABC News on condition of anonymity, says that after 52 hours of deliberations 10 of the 12 jurors agreed that Cosby was guilty on two counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. And only one of the jurors believed he was guilty on a third count.

Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial on Saturday after the jury deadlocked. Prosecutors plan to try Cosby again on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. Cosby denies the charges.

On Wednesday, the judge ruled that the jurors' names should be made public. He says jurors may not discuss what other jurors said during deliberations.

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6:25 p.m.

The names of the jurors who deadlocked in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case have been released.

The judge who presided over Cosby's suburban Philadelphia trial ordered their release Wednesday but said the jurors could not discuss what other jurors said during deliberations.

Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial on Saturday after the jury deliberated 52 hours without a verdict. Prosecutors plan to try Cosby again on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004, charges Cosby denies.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys wanted to keep the jurors' identities a secret, saying their disclosure would make it more difficult to pick an impartial panel for the next trial. Media groups argued for their release.

The Associated Press has tried to contact jurors for comment but hasn't spoken speak to any of them.

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3:15 p.m.

The Pennsylvania judge who presided over Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is releasing the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in the case.

Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Wednesday that the jurors' names should be made public. He says jurors may not discuss what other jurors said during deliberations.

A mistrial was declared Saturday in Cosby's sex assault trial after the jury deadlocked. O'Neill plans to hold a retrial within four months.

Lawyers for news outlets had argued that jurors' names should be public to ensure transparency in the judicial process. Prosecutors and defense lawyers had argued they should remain secret, saying releasing them would make it more difficult to select a jury in Cosby's second trial.

Cosby denies drugging and molesting accuser Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.