Bill Cosby judge to rule on whether to release juror names

The only criminal case in the country against the actor because of the Keystone State's longer-than-usual statute of limitations for sex crimes, Cosby's trial started on June 5 and ended June 12.

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Andrew Wyatt raises his fist as Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Brian J. McMonagle, Cosby's defense lawyer, wrote a letter to the judge joining Steele in the fight to keep the jurors' names private.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial ended in a hung jury on Saturday because two holdouts refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian after 52 hours of tense deliberations, a juror told ABC News on Wednesday.

The judge wanted to first personally contact each of the jurors to let them know their names were being made public and to advise them on what they could tell reporters if they agreed to be interviewed.

Numerous media outlets, including Calkins Media, filed requests to have the jurors' names released at the conclusion of the trial.

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

The seven men and five women who were unable to unanimously conclude whether or not "America's Dad" was guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in January 2004 have remained in hiding since their return to Pittsburgh Saturday.

On Wednesday, the judge ruled that the jurors' names should be made public. They believe any comments jurors make to the media might also make it hard to find an unbiased jury pool.

His ruling came after a Tuesday hearing on a petition by media organizations, led by Philadelphia Media Network, the parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com, to release the jurors' names.

The jury deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberations and there was no movement after that, the juror said, adding that the tension was heightened by the size of the tiny deliberation room. Media groups argued for their release. McCloskey first came forward to a Pittsburgh radio station.

"If a juror were to be asked about deliberations and there were to be press coverage about those deliberations, I don't see what marginal difference that would make given that the prosecution and the defense have spoken publicly about this case, including evidence that was not heard in court", he said.

On June 17, two days after O'Neill declared a mistrial, 11 other news outlets from The New York Times to Buzzfeed moved to intervene.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.