Bill Cosby was released from prison on Wednesday (June 30) after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that previous testimony during a civil case led to his subsequent conviction during the criminal trial. Ultimately, the Supreme Court overturned the conviction on a legal technicality but did not vindicate Cosby from guilt.
The news of his release has sparked a wide range of reaction from the cultural juggernaut that is Black Twitter on social media with even some of Cosby’s closest celebrity allies also posting their own comments.
While some feel that Cosby has been vindicated, others are split over his release. See what folks had to say below.
At his first trial, the judge allowed just one other accuser to testify before the jury deadlocked. During the retrial, he then allowed five other accusers to testify about their experiences with Cosby during the 1980s.
According to the New York Post, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said that testimony tainted the trial, even though a lower appeals court had found it appropriate to show a signature pattern of drugging and molesting women.
“In light of these circumstances, the subsequent decision by successor D. A.s to prosecute Cosby violated Cosby’s due process rights,” the appeals ruling said, according to the NY Times. “No other conclusion comports with the principles of due process and fundamental fairness to which all aspects of our criminal justice system must adhere.”
Prosecutors didn’t clarify on Wednesday if they would appeal or seek to try Cosby a third time nor was it clear on when Cosby would actually be released. The question also remains on what legal recourses he will take as a result of the decision.