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While the world doesn't know and may never know how close the jurors in the Bill Cosby trial came to reaching a verdict, one alternate juror broke his silence Monday.

Accuser Andrea Constand (r.) walks along a hallway during deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial.

"The key to retrying a case is to do it differently the second time, because the defense expects you to do it the same way", said Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani.

Even so, members of the media have called on the judge to release the names of the Cosby trial jurors, arguing that "confirming that the outcome of the first trial was the result of an impartial process" is in the best interest of the public.

Cosby was accused of three charges of aggravated indecent assault, these being assaulting Constand without her consent; whilst she was unconscious; and after using drugs to impair her ability to give consent. It's unclear how many jurors voted for conviction and how many wanted an acquittal. Media organizations including The Associated Press are seeking the identities of the jurors, and prosecutors are trying to keep them a secret.

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

However, defence attorneys may have undercut Valliere's testimony by suggesting she was biased by showing jurors comments she'd posted on Facebook seeming to celebrate a prosecution victory in the pretrial fight over evidence in the case.

It's not unusual for a judge to seal juror names after a trial, according to veteran defense attorney Thomas Bergstrom.

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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 terrible thing".

University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias commented on the prospects for a new trial: "The fact that the case turned substantially on one person's testimony may have made it hard to win and the defense counsel made many efforts to undercut her testimony".

Yet the fundamental potential flaw in the case will remain: Constand's inconsistent statements to police about matters such as the date and circumstances of the alleged assault, which she says took place in 2004 at Cosby's gated estate in tony Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. They had already declared themselves deadlocked Thursday morning, at which time Judge O'Niell told them to return to deliberations and try again. Prosecutors plan to retry the 79-year-old star on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. The entertainer says what happened was consensual. McCloskey said the bus ride back to Pittsburgh was the craziest, eeriest bus ride he's ever taken as jurors sat silent in their seats.

As an alternate, Mike McCloskey heard all the testimony but didn't participate in deliberations.

The names of the jurors who failed to reach a verdict in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have not been made public, but the judge could revisit the issue as early as Monday.

A mistrial was declared Saturday after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.

The Bill Cosby sexual assault trial which captivated the attention of America for over a year came to a disappointing and anticlimactic end on Saturday. However, she said it's a different story if additional women come forward with allegations against Cosby.