Some jurors in highly visible cases have endured post-trial harassment. Media organizations including The Associated Press urged a judge to release them, saying the public has an interest in "confirming that the outcome of the first trial was the result of an impartial process". A hearing on whether to release juror's names will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Norristown.
It's unclear how many jurors voted for conviction and how many wanted an acquittal.
The prosecution believes if the names of jurors are released and subject to mass media inquiries, it could make it more hard when the next jury is picked. While Pennsylvania law allows for the identities of jurors to be made public, that hasn't yet happened in this case.
The nonverdict in last weekend's mistrial of actor/comedian Bill Cosby has led many to openly speculate about the future of the case.
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.
Constand did file a complaint with police in 2005, and the district attorney at the time, Bruce Castor, decided against charging Cosby.
Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this awful thing".
"I probably would've convicted", he said, "based on the evidence I heard".
He told Pittsburgh radio station WDVE that jurors did not discuss the case on the bus ride after the trial, maintaining "complete silence". McCloskey said he was "ridiculously sick" over the jury's inability to reach a verdict.
Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial in the Coby case Saturday when jurors, after deliberating for 52 hours, told him they were hopelessly deadlocked. Prosecutors plan to retry the 79-year-old star on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004.
Still, legal experts say, it won't be impossible to find 12 people to sit in judgment of Cosby, who turns 80 next month.
It's possible the next jury could be selected in another county so as not to place too heavy of a burden on Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located, said Dennis McAndrews, a former Philadelphia-area prosecutor. One of the alternate jurors in Bill Cosby's sex assault case has gone public.
The jury deadlocked on the sixth day of deliberations, after rehearing key testimony and asking more than a dozen questions of the court, including the definition of "reasonable doubt".