In an interview on Wednesday, Bruce Castor, the former district attorney who opted against criminally prosecuting Bill Cosby, claiming that Cosby’s release was a victory for the “justice system and Constitution,” not for the disgraced comedian.
Castor told KYW Newsradio presenter Jim Melwert that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling did not surprise him and that the opinion authored by Justice David Wecht was “impressive.”
“What they did to Mr. Cosby was very terrible, and what they did to him should never happen to any American citizen, regardless of socioeconomic class,” Castor added.
Castor decided against pursuing criminal charges against Cosby in 2005 for the alleged assault of Andrea Constand, according to the majority judgment of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Castor allegedly “promised” that criminal charges would never be filed in this case in order to compel Cosby to testify and relinquish his Fifth Amendment rights.
Risa Vetri Ferman, Castor’s successor as district attorney, refused to respect the deal and instead filed criminal charges against Cosby, eventually leveraging his own evidence against him to obtain a guilty verdict on three counts of aggravated sexual assault in 2018.
Cosby was given a sentence ranging from three to ten years in jail.
Castor rose to notoriety earlier this year when he became a member of the defense team defending former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.
Castor has already said that he is not on Cosby’s side, according to Melwert.
Melwert inquired about Castor’s feelings now that Cosby has been freed from jail.
“My feelings are that we achieved a measure of justice when he had to pay millions of dollars to the alleged victim, and he has had his life interrupted, terribly so, in reliance on my assurance that he wouldn’t be punished,” Castor stated.
Melwert also inquired if Castor felt “exonerated” as a result of the court’s ruling on Wednesday.
“I’m relieved, to say the least. I’m relieved that the judicial system functioned as it should have” Castor said.
“Remember, when the Constitution triumphs, we all triumph. And it doesn’t make me the District Attorney. And bear in mind that this was done to prevent me from becoming DA. However, we all gain when the judicial system upholds the Constitution, as it did today.”