Bill Cosby, a convicted sexual assaulter, has been set free on a technicality.
The short version is that the 83-year-old Cosby (once again, a world-famous, rich, and once-beloved cultural figure) was denied a fair trial when he was convicted in 2018.
You may recall that Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by 60 women and has admitted to dosing people with quaaludes in order to have sex with them under oath.
According to the New York Times, when Cosby was originally investigated for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2005, the district attorney at the time, Bruce Castor Jr., told Cosby that he would not be prosecuted in the case.
Yes, the same Bruce Castor Jr. who made a total fool of himself during Trump’s impeachment proceedings.
D.A. Castor didn’t believe there was enough evidence to prosecute Cosby with sexual assault, according to the affidavit.
So, in order to obtain “some measure of justice,” he assured Cosby that the D.A.’s office would not prosecute him, but that he would be forced to testify in a civil action brought by Constand.
This is when Cosby acknowledged “providing quaaludes to women he was pursuing him for sex,” as the New York Times put it.
Technically, drugging women to the extent that they are unable to agree to intercourse constitutes rape, but whatever.
The case was revived, and Cosby was charged anew in 2015 by a new district attorney’s office.
They determined, however, that Cosby’s prior evidence confessing to drugging and sexually assaulting women in the past — albeit not to Constand’s particular claims — was somewhat relevant!
The testimony was used to prove that there was a pattern of abuse.
Cosby was convicted of three charges of aggravated sexual assault against Constand when the trial finished in 2018, officially in the post-#MeToo era.
He received a sentence ranging from three to seven years in jail.
In 2019, Cosby lost his appeal to have the sexual assault case dropped, and it appeared that he would have to spend the rest of his life in jail.
Because it seemed extremely unlikely that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would hear the case and rule in his favor! Right! Right? No.
Cosby’s case was heard by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. In a 79-page ruling, the court found that Cosby did not get a fair trial, overturning his conviction and ordering his immediate release.
They said that Cosby’s trial was unfair because it relied on testimony that Cosby only gave because he felt it couldn’t be used against him. Because Bruce “Rambling Incoherence” Castor Jr. told him that!
“The fruits of Cosby’s reliance on D.A. Castor’s decision — Cosby’s sworn inculpatory testimony — were subsequently utilized against Cosby during Cosby’s criminal trial by D.A. Castor’s successors,” according to the judgment. “Cosby’s convictions and sentence are overturned, and he is released.”
Only one of the 60 women who came forwards publicly accusing Cosby of sexual assault obtained justice in court. In every other case, the statute of limitations, which is 12 years, has expired.
The fact that Cosby’s conviction was reversed is a heartbreaking, terrible, and cruel irony for everyone who has ever been sexually assaulted.
But especially for the courageous women who bravely shared their tales, knowing that their perpetrator will never face justice.
In response to the revelation, some of Cosby’s accusers have already come out. In a statement to TMZ, one accuser, Sammy Mays, called the publication “disrespectful and disgusting.”
Angela Leslie, another source, told the publication, “The news of Bill Cosby’s release today has startled and stunned me. In this case, it appears that the judicial system favored the offender above the victims.”
Bill Cosby has recently been acquitted of decades of rape. A guilty man is free, regardless of who we blame: the system, the Supreme Court, or Bruce Castor Jr.