Following the declaration of a mistrial in the ongoing case against Bill Cosby, jurors are now speaking out about what happened behind the scenes. The stories they are telling are deeply conflicted and in some cases contradictory.
According to CNN, one juror has reported that ten out of 12 jurors in the case were ready to convict Cosby on two counts of aggravated indecent assault. Two jurors refused to proclaim Cosby guilty, leading to a deadlock. More specifically: 10 of the 12 jurors agreed that Cosby had digitally penetrated victim Andrea Constand without her consent, 10 out of the 12 jurors agreed that Cosby had drugged Constand, and eleven of the jurors voted to acquit Cosby on a charge that he digitally penetrated Constand while she was unconscious or unaware
A different juror has come forward to CNN affiliate WPXI and claimed that the situation was more complex. This report asserted that votes were generally split along a 7-5 or 5-7 margin.
Jurors only spoke on conditions of anonymity; jurors are not allowed to speak on the proceedings of the court room. "They were just literally walking in circles where they were standing because they were losing their minds. People would just start crying out of nowhere," the juror said. "We wouldn't even be talking about [the case], and people would just start crying."
The jurors had deliberated for over 50 hours before a mistrial was decalred. The names of the jurors have since been released, with a judge ackowledging that "there is no law forbidding (reporters) to question discharged jurors." The case will be retried in the future.
Tune in to The Jury Speaks on Oxygen, premiering July 22 At 9/8c.
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