Bill Cosby Jury Race & Gender: Who Were the Cosby Jurors?

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Bill Cosby arrives for his trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 12, 2017 in in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Getty)

Bill Cosby’s jurors announced they were “hopelessly deadlocked,” provoking the judge to declare a mistrial in the sexual assault case against the once beloved comedian.

One-by-one, jurors told the judge that they could not reach a verdict on any count against Cosby, no matter how hard they tried. One juror, who was not named, told ABC News that there were two holdout jurors, with the vote on the allegation that Cosby “gave her drugs that substantially impaired her ability to resist” being 10-2. The vote was 11-1 on a count that alleged Cosby “digitally penetrated her while she was unconscious or unaware.”

However, another juror has disputed that account, saying the jury was more evenly divided, with it deadlocking 5-7 and 7-5 on different counts. That juror said it bothered him that Constand waited a year to report the accusations.

Because there was not an unanimous verdict, the case ended in mistrial. It’s not yet clear which jurors were the holdouts.

It was a stunning development in the case against Cosby, which derived from accusations made by a former Temple University employee named Andrea Constand.

The names of the jurors have not yet been released and, unless jurors choose to come forward on their own, they may never be released. However, some facts are known about Cosby’s jury.

Here’s what you need to know:


There Were More Men on the Jury

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Accuser Andrea Constand, right, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in the sexual assault trial of entertainer Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 12, 2017 in in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Getty)

The Cosby jury was pretty divided in a gender sense, but it tilted male.

Seven men and five women were sitting on the jury, reported The New York Times when the jury was selected.


There Were Only Two African-Americans on the Jury

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Cosby was escorted into the Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, courthouse at about 2:30 p.m. by his attorney, Monique Pressley, right, and an unidentified male lawyer. (Getty)

According to The New York Times, accusations of racial bias were lodged at the time the jury was selected. Bill Cosby is black and Constand is white.

In the end, two African-Americans were seated on the jury, and the rest of the jurors appeared white, according to The Times.

“The jury is composed of four white women, six white men, one black woman and one black man. The alternates include four white men, one black woman and one black man,” CNN reported.


The Jurors Were Young to Middle-Aged

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Actor Bill Cosby arrives for his trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Getty)

Most jurors appeared to be young or middle-aged, the Times reported, between the ages of 20 and 40.

CNN reported that the jury had an elderly man on it in his 70s or 80s.


The Jury Was Selected in Pittsburgh

Montgomery County District Attorney, Kevin Steele, right, and assistant district attorney Kristen Feden, left, leave the courtroom during lunch break during the pre-trial hearing for Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthous February 3, 2016 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Getty)

The Cosby jury was selected in Allegheny County, Pennsyvlania, which houses Pittsburgh.

The trial took place in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.


One Juror Knew Nothing About the Case & Another Had Students Who Were Assaulted

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby leaves a preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges on May 24, 2016 in at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. (Getty)

Some details about the jurors came out during jury selection.

According to CNN, “One juror, a man in his early 30’s said before the trial began that he knew nothing about the case. Another male juror was a teacher who told attorneys he knows some of his students have been assaulted. The 11th juror selected, a black man in his 30s, had been a juror in a prior criminal case.”

31 Comments

31 Comments

Anonymous

I can guarantee that the two black jurors refused to convict Bill Cosby of rape. In any other case, those two jurors would’ve been kicked off of the jury by the judge for failing to reach an obvious verdict. But the judge was weak, and the jurors were black, so he just let mistrial occur. This is a travesty of justice and just goes to show that some jurors will not convict a murderer or rapist in the face of incontrovertible evidence that the crime took place. But this is what you have to expect from black jurors, and this is exactly why crime is never punished in the inner cities where the blacks are on the jury. Those pleasures no knew that they would be hunted down and killed by Bill Cosby’s people if they had voted to convict Bill Cosby. It’s not that blacks are bad people, it’s just that blacks live a tribal existence and are unable to participate in the civil society which started after the Magna Carta was signed in old England. Blacks have no sense of justice unless it is carried out with a gun or a knife by a victim’s relative. This was also demonstrated by Bill Cosby’s Attorney after the case when he remarked that the other attorney should have to go back to law school. There is no place in civil society for these dumb monkeys to be participating in the legal system.

Anonymous

After 30 years in the legal system as a judge and attorney, I have never read such truth.

JOHN MAYOR...

After 30 seconds of reading your “comment” in response to this blog within Heavy.com, I have concluded that you were neither A JUDGE, NOR AN ATTORNEY!… BUT INDEED, A L-I-A-R, AND, A S-O-C-I-O-P-S-Y-C-H-O-P-A-T-H! And!… you wouldn’t know the T-R-U-T-H, if it slapped you in your face, and kicked you up your *ss!… AnnoyingMouse!
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THE NATURE OF TRUE EVIL
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Christians… Pastors, and Christian “people helpers”!… often have a hard time discerning between an EVIL HEART, and an “ordinary sinner” who messes up (i.e., who isn’t perfect, and full of weaknesses, and sin!)!
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One of the reasons, I believe, that many struggling Christians don’t “see” EVIL, is because such find it so difficult to believe that EVIL INDIVIDUALS actually exist! These can’t imagine someone deceiving us with no conscience!… hurting others with no remorse, spinning outrageous fabrications to ruin someone’s reputation, or pretending s/ he is spiritually committed!… but yet, has no fear of God before her/ his eyes!
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The Bible clearly tells us that among God’s people, there are WOLVES that wear sheep’s clothing (see, Jeremiah 23:14; Titus 1:10; Revelations 2:2)! It’s true that every human heart is inclined toward sin (see, Romans 3:23)!… and, that includes EVIL (Genesis 8:21; James 1:4)! All Christians miss God’s mark of moral perfection! However, “ordinary Christian sinners” do not happily indulge EVIL URGES, nor do such feel good about having them! Christians, feel ashamed, and guilty!… and rightly so (see, Romans 7:19–21)! But these goodly inclinations are not true of the EVIL HEART!
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Below are five indicators that you may be dealing with an EVIL HEART, rather than an “ordinary sinful heart”!… and, the which, requires a radically different treatment/ approach!
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1. Evil hearts are experts at creating confusion, and contention!
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They twist the FACTS, mislead, lie, avoid taking responsibility, deny reality, make up stories, and withhold information (see, Psalms 5:8; 10:7; 58:3; 109:2–5; 140:2; Proverbs 6:13,14; 6:18,19; 12:13; 16:20; 16:27, 28; 30:14; Job 15:35; Jeremiah 18:18; Nehemiah 6:8; Micah 2:1; Matthew 12:34,35; Acts 6:11–13; 2 Peter 3:16)!
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2. EVIL HEARTS are experts at fooling others with their “smooth speech”!… and often, with their “WOULD-BE SMOOTH SPEECH”!… and flattering words!
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But if you look at the “fruit” of their lives, or their follow through with their words, you will find no real evidence of GODLY GROWTH, OR CHANGE! It’s all smoke and mirrors (see, Psalms 50:19; 52:2,3; 57:4; 59:7; 101:7; Proverbs 12:5; 26:23–26; 26:28; Job 20:12; Jeremiah 12:6; Matthew 26:59; Acts 6:11–13; Romans 16:17,18; 2 Corinthians 11:13,14; 2 Timothy 3:2–5; 3:13; Titus 1:10,16)!
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3. EVIL HEARTS crave and demand control!… and their highest authority, is THEIR OWN SELF-REFERENCE, AND SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS!
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They reject feedback, real accountability, and make up their own rules to live by! They use Scripture to their own advantage… e.g., as Conservative Christians believers have done– AND DO!– re their defence of Military Actions against deemed ENEMIES!… and in support of NRA positions!… but, who will ignore and reject passages that might require self-correction, and repentance (see, Romans 2:8; Psalms 10; 36:1–4; 50:16–22; 54:5,6; 73:6–9; Proverbs 21:24; Jude 1:8–16)!
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4. EVIL HEARTS play on the sympathies of good-willed people!… often “trumping” the GRACE CARD!
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They demand mercy, but give none themselves! They demand warmth, forgiveness, and intimacy from those they have harmed!… but, with no empathy with the victims these have created!… and no real intention of making amends, or working hard to rebuild broken trust (see, Proverbs 21:10; 1 Peter 2:16; Jude 1:4)!
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5. EVIL HEARTS have no conscience!… no remorse!
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They do not struggle against sin, or EVIL!… in fact, THEY DELIGHT IN IT– and all the while, masquerading as someone of NOBLE CHARACTER (see, Proverbs 2:14–15; 10:23; 12:10; 21:27,29; Isaiah 32:6; Romans 1:30; 2 Corinthians 11:13–15)!
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If you are in the midst with someone who exhibits these characteristics, it’s important that you confront them– head on! You must NAME EVIL for what it is! The longer you try to reason with them, or show mercy towards them, the more you… and, as the Christian Counselor!… will become a pawn in her/ his game!
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They want you to believe, that:
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a) Their horrible actions should have no serious or painful consequences!
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When they say “I’m sorry”, they look to you… as the Pastor or Christian Counselor!… to be their ADVOCATE FOR AMNESTY with the person s/ he has harmed! They believe grace means they are immediately granted immunity from the “relational fallout” of their serious sin! They believe forgiveness ENTITLES THEM TO FULL RECONCILIATION!… and such will pressure you, and her/ his victim, to comply!
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The Bible warns us, saying:… “But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil, AND DO NOT REGARD THE MAJESTY OF THE LORD (see, Isaiah 26:10)!
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The Bible tells us that talking doesn’t wake up EVIL PEOPLE!… but, painful consequences might! Jesus didn’t wake up the Pharisee’s with his talk, nor did God’s Counsel impact Cain (see, Genesis 4)! In addition, the Bible shows us that when someone is truly sorry for the pain they have caused, he or she is eager to make amends to those they have harmed by their sin (see, Zacchaeus’ response when he repented of his greed in Luke 19)!
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Tim Keller writes:… “If you have been the victim of a heinous crime!… if you have suffered violence!… and the perpetrator (or even the judge!) says:… ‘Sorry!… can’t we just let it go?’… you would say:… ‘No!… that would be an injustice!’ Your refusal would rightly have nothing to do with bitterness, or vengeance! If you have been badly wronged, you know that saying sorry is never enough! Something else is required!… some kind of costly payment must be made to put things right!”
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As Biblical Counselors, let’s not COLLUDE WITH THE EVIL ONE by turning our attention to the victim!… requiring her to forgive, to forget, and to trust again!… and when there has been no evidence of inner change! Proverbs says:… “Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble, is like a bad tooth, or a foot that slips (see, Proverbs. 25:19)!” It’s foolishness!
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And!… the evil person will also try to get you to believe…
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b) That if I talk like a gospel-believing Christian, I am one!… even if my actions don’t line up with my talk!… and, even when there are INCONSISTENCIES AND CONTRADICTIONS WITHIN THE WORDS BEING USED!
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Remember!… Satan masquerades as an angel of light (see, 2 Corinthians 11:13–15)! He knows more true doctrine than you or I may ever know!… but, his heart is wicked, AND FOREVER REVEALS HIS TRUE INTENTIONS! Why? Because although he knows the truth, he does not accept it!… and live it!
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The Bible has some strong words for those whose actions do not match their talk (see, 1 John 3:17,18; Jeremiah 7:8,10; James 1:22, 26)! John the Baptist said it best, when he admonished the religious leaders… “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins, and turned to God (see, Luke 3:8)!”
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If week after week you hear the talk, but there is no change in THE WALK, you have every reason to question someone’s “RELATIONSHIP” with God!
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Part of our maturity as Christian Leaders, is that we have been trained to discern between good and EVIL! And why is that so important?… it’s important because EVIL usually PRETENDS TO BE GOOD!… and without discernment, we can be easily fooled (see, Hebrews 5:14)!
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When you confront evil, chances are good that the EVIL HEART will stop Counseling with you, because the DARKNESS HATES THE LIGHT (John 3:20) and the FOOLISH and EVIL HEART reject correction (see, Proverbs 9:7,8)! But that outcome is far better than allowing the EVIL HEART to believe that you are on his or her side, or that “s/ he’s not that bad”, or “that s/ he’s really sorry”, or “that s/ he’s changing”!… when– in fact!– s/ he IS NOT!
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Daniel says:… “[T]he wicked will continue to be wicked (see, Daniel 12:10)!”… and which begs the question:… Do you think an EVIL PERSON can really change?
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord

reason

Same as the OJ trial. I heard right off the makeup of lacks on the jury and immediately stated that they would never find him guilty. Black superster against 2 white people. Give mre a break. Blacks will never vote against Blacks against white people as the victim. Tribal unity.

terry

Reason, I guess the “blacks” are playing the “race card” huh? That’s odd because I understand the whole deck to be pretty much stacked against them– the would make the whole deck the “Race Deck” and it ain’t in favor of Blacks!!! Turn on you TV or read a newspaper if they still exist in your town.

Gary Walcott

You are so right on. I don’t care if you are lying about your profession. You are a person that is not afraid to put out there what is factual. I would have left out the monkey comment. Same thing with OJ. I am glad this time though that they helped the level headed males in setting Mr Cosby free from this lying monster and her opportunist. Yes this is what happened when the moronic democrats in the 60’s said whites were evil and we owe you the world. They have spat on us, murdered us, burned down cities, ect. Thanks Ted Kennedy. You will be attacked by dumbass whites but think of the attacks Trump is taking trying to right this insane ship.

Anonymous

Oh like white jurors haven’t shown bias by letting off white people (especially cops) of gunning down unarmed black men? This is definitely OJ Simpson 2.0. Sometimes black people go off
white liberal feminist script by deciding to let a guilty black man off scott free for abusing some white women to make up for hundreds of years of white people getting away with killing and raping black women. Feminists must be fuming right now because the black people they rely on to be good pawns and blindly vote Democrat are giving them the finger.

terry

What? Mankind has not known the diabolical crimes committed by some people who are classified as white: Transatlantic Slave Trade; The Holocaust; The slaughter and virtual genocide of the Native Americans and the Global dynamic and hegemony that is the sickness of white supremacy ( the greatest social evil that is the undergird of most of the world’s problems today).
White Supremacy is the cause of many to act as savages, but these people have been broken by a system, code and concepts that has been produced, refined and maintained by scavengers that appear to take and covet everything without any notion, conscious or otherwise, of reciprocity–a system for the dead!!! If you subscribe to this system, you are already dead…

terry

… Just look at the miscreant that currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave– a direct descendant of the “Fondling Fathers,” it is an established fact and express statement as to what this monster does. His time is short though and this is true for those who think and behave like he does.

JOHN MAYOR...

What about Martians, and the beings said living on, and in the Rings of Saturn?
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JOHN MAYOR...

I guess you’ve never read the story of Balaam’s Donkey, in the Old Testament’s Book of Numbers, Chapter 22: verses 21 to 31!
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