On Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s state Supreme Court overturned Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction, after serving more than two years of a 3-to-10 year sentence.
The court decision stated that Cosby should not have been charged or sentenced for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand in 2004, based on “previous agreement with a prosecutor who promised his testimony on those charges would not be used against him,” as reported by The Hill. The Guardian notes that according to court documents, Constand was not made aware of the prosecutor’s, Bruce Castor, decision to permanently forfeit the prosecution of Cosby in court.
In a court hearing after Cosby’s 2015 arrest, Castor attested that Cosby was promised he would not be prosecuted with the intention that it would lead Cosby to testify in a civil case by Constand, a decision Castor was criticized for by victim’s advocates. Many have voiced their disappointment over the ruling including Scott Berkowitz, president of Rainn, US organization that campaigns against sexual violence, as further reported by the outlet.
“We are deeply disappointed in today’s ruling by the Pennsylvania supreme court, and by the message this decision sends to the brave survivors who came forward to seek justice for what Bill Cosby did to them. This is not justice,” Berkowitz said. Victoria Valentino, who also has accused Cosby of sexual assault, told CNN that she was “absolutely shocked, stunned” when she heard the court released Cosby.
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