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Kristopher Love | 22 June, 2017, 07:13

After two days of looking into the case, however, the jurors failed to come up with a unanimous verdict on the case.

Judge Steven O'Neill leaves the courtroom following his decision in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

In a retrial, District Attorney Kevin Steele could ask the judge to allow testimony from more of Cosby's 60 accusers, or to disclose to jurors that Constand is gay. Juror identity has been, and must continue to be, public in order to ensure fairness and promote public trust in the judicial system. A hearing on whether to release juror's names will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Norristown.

"We wanted an acquittal, but a mistrial or a deadlock is the same result as the group of jurors finding him not guilty", she said.

He acknowledged that the public has a right to jurors names in most cases - "Armed with such knowledge, the public can confirm the impartiality of the jury, which acts as an additional check upon the prosecutorial and judicial process,"Steele wrote - but argued that in this case, the rights of all parties to a fair trial could be prejudiced by the release of names".

Juror names are normally a matter of public record and judges must justify the decision to seal them, legal experts said. Cosby has denied the allegations.

Constand's 12-year-old police complaint against Cosby went to trial this month and ended Saturday with a hung jury. They say that releasing the names of the jurors could make it more hard to select an impartial jury in the next trial. Other media outlets, including Calkins Media, also have made similar requests to the judge.

The entertainer's wife of 53 years, Camille, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious" in a statement released after the trial.

Forty-three-year-old Mike McCloskey spoke to Pittsburgh radio station WDVE on Monday.

The alternates were told not to discuss the case because if one or more members on the main jury had to drop out for whatever reason, deliberations would start all over again with alternates joining the panel. After six days of deliberation, the jury was deadlocked in its ability to reach a unanimous decision. The prosecution began with the 79-year-old entertainer's arrest on December 30, 2015. Cosby has called their sexual encounter consensual. None of the jurors commented after the trial ended and headed home to the Pittsburgh area, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) from the courthouse outside Philadelphia.

"It was the craziest, eeriest bus ride I've ever taken", said McCloskey, 43.

During their deliberations, jurors sent a string of questions to the judge, asking to rehear the testimonies of five trial witnesses and Cosby's previous deposition testimony.