NEW YORK (AP) – Reaction to Wednesday’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling overturning Bill Cosby‘s sexual assault conviction and clearing the way for him to be released from prison:
“Mr. Cosby should never have been prosecuted for these offenses. District attorneys can’t change it up simply because of their political motivation.” – Cosby appellate lawyer Jennifer Bonjean, in an interview.
“When you look at what happened, the fact that a jury reached a conclusion after a trial where they heard evidence, there was nothing about the opinion today that detracted from that. I think that’s important for people like Andrea and other women who came forward.” Stewart Ryan, a lead prosecutor in the case now in private practice, said in an interview.
“FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted – a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” – Phylicia Rashad, who starred as Cosby‘s wife on “The Cosby Show,” on Instagram.
“I am furious to hear this news. I personally know women who this man drugged and raped while unconscious. Shame on the court and this decision.” – actor and activist Amber Tamblyn, on Twitter.
“Certainly the optics of this are terrible. But the message has to be very clear and simple – that this was a mistake by prosecutors, a very unusual one and a technicality that is unlikely to happen again.” #MeToo attorney Lisa Banks, in an interview.
“I know many young women and men who are so Afraid to press charges against their rapist and Re traumatize themselves I am heartbroken today to hear of the news of Cosby’s release .this is sickening. My heart is with my sister survivors. We have work to do.” – actor Rosanna Arquette said on Twitter.
“WHEN will things get better for women and girls regarding sexual assault, sexism, misogyny and ageism? What will it take? So discouraged.” -Kathy Griffin on Twitter.
“Told you so on #BillCosby. He was convicted by a court so tainted by public opinion and social pressure that it allowed obviously prejudicial evidence and improper witnesses. He may be a bad guy, but in this case he was railroaded by the mob.” – Geraldo Rivera on Twitter.
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