Media reject 'cooling off' for Cosby jury names

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer for The Associated Press and other media organizations seeking names of jurors who convicted Bill Cosby at his suburban Philadelphia sexual-assault trial says prosecutors are wrong to suggest a "cooling off" period before the names are made public.

Paul Safier said in court papers today the Pennsylvania precedent that the names of jurors should be made public under the First Amendment requires they be disclosed immediately.

Prosecutors lobbying for a delay have cited a 90-day wait for juror names in the Casey Anthony case in Florida.

Safier says that was different because jurors were threatened after acquitting Anthony, formerly of Warren, in 2011 of charges she killed her young daughter.

The judge in Cosby's case hasn't ruled. At a hearing this week, he said the 2005 state Supreme Court ruling favoring disclosure would almost certainly force his hand.

Meanwhile, leaders of New York's public university system have revoked Bill Cosby's honorary degree, saying his conduct offends "human decency."

Cosby received the doctorate of humane letters in 2000 from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

And Cosby has been removed from the Advertising Hall of Fame after his sexual assault conviction.

Cosby is famous for commercials for Jell-O, Kodak, New Coke and Texas Instrument and was inducted into the hall of fame in 2011. The American Advertising Federation said it has also rescinded the President's Award he received at that time.

Federation officials say it's the first time someone has been kicked out of the hall of fame in its 69-year history.

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