The 83-year-old Cosby walked out of prison a free man Wednesday. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction on a technicality. In 2005, Andrea Constand told police Bill Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted her. She sued, and Cosby agreed to testify in a civil case against him. But only on the condition that prosecutors could not use that testimony in future criminal cases. However, a different prosecutor, who hadn’t signed that deal with Cosby, used some of the testimony to convict him. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David Wecht wrote, “This was … an unconstitutional coercive bait-and-switch,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Cosby served a little more than two years of his three-to-10 year sentence, the Inquirer said.
The court, however, did not evaluate any of the evidence against Cosby. The justices focused only on the procedure of the case. Though, the ruling bars prosecutors from ever trying Bill Cosby in the Constand again.
Mariska Hargitay tweeted her support for Cosby’s accusers, saying she believes them and stands with them.
Sixty woman have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assault them, dating back decades, NBC News said.
Mariska Hargitay One of Many Angry Over Decision
Mariska Hargitay was one of the millions upset over the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling. Many went to social media to vent their frustrations.
“Let’s be clear: Bill Cosby admitted to getting Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with and dozens of women accused him of rape and sexual assault for years. He was finally convicted in 2015. And today, he is getting out on a technicality,” NPR journalist Renee Klahr tweeted.
“I stand with 60 women who came forward about their abuser – Cosby. And he walks,” she wrote.
“The system is broken. Women deserve better. When is ENOUGH!?
“There are SO many abusers out there. So many. And SO many who KNOW and DO NOTHING- you are JUST as guilty. Disgrace.”
However, Cosby had his defenders. News commentator Geraldo Rivera, for instance, believes Bill Cosby is a victim of the #MeToo movement.
“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,” he tweeted.
Geraldo doubled down after receiving hateful tweets.
Cosby served two years on a case that a previous prosecutor promised would never be brought.