Bill Cosby judge to weigh publicly disclosing jurors’ names

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The judge in the Bill Cosby case is weighing whether to publicly disclose the names of the jurors who convicted the comedian last week on sexual assault charges.

Judge Steven O’Neill heard Tuesday from lawyers for The Associated Press and other news outlets. They cited a longstanding Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that juror names should be made public under the First Amendment.

Prosecutors opposed releasing the names, citing privacy concerns. Cosby’s lawyer didn’t take a side.

O’Neill asked if the media’s request was too late since the jury had already issued a statement, one juror was on television and some news outlets appeared to have all the names.

O’Neill waited until news outlets intervened before releasing the juror names in Cosby’s first trial, which ended in a hung jury.