Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill, in releasing the names of the jurors in Bill Cosby’s sex assault case Wednesday, said he did so in accordance with state law.
After calling all jurors and alternates about his decision, he reminded them of what they are banned from discussing with the media, including what was said or done in the jury room, comments and arguments or how the jury voted. Lansdale Attorney Marc Steinberg says, this could make the process difficult in picking a second jury.
“It makes almost impossible to get a fair jury. These jurors are talking about the high points and low points of the trial, it might be helpful to either side to hear that stuff, what they did right, what they did wrong, what the jury bought and what they didn’t buy. How do you get a fair trial out of that or if they’re telling them, we heard this but we didn’t hear that and that what we want to hear, and if we would have known this we would have done that.”
Steinberg was the host Wednesday on WNPV’s Legally Speaking. Despite his opposition to the ruling, Montgomery County D.A. Kevin Steele, who will retry Bill Cosby says, he will not appeal the Judge’s decision to release the names of the jury. Bill Cosby is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Cheltenham Township home in 2004 with the use of blue pills and wine. ABC news is reporting that one un-named juror said the jury discussed several outcomes in the case, including acquitting Cosby, but ultimately they settled a 10-2 vote to convict Cosby, which led to a mistrial.