MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Bill Cosby’s case was considered the first major name convicted in the #MeToo era.
But his release could impact the future of other similar cases.
We caught up with people around the city to talk about the court’s decision.
Many people said they were shocked and hoped this does not stop others from coming forward.
”Sexual assault is sexual assault. You don’t just let someone go, drop charges over women affected for the rest of their lives,” a Memphis resident said.
Walker is disappointed, but not surprised that the comedian is a free man.
“It’s a little trifling, but hey, it’s the world we live in.”
Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the sexual assault conviction of Cosby because of an agreement made with a previous prosecutor that prevented him from being charged.
“As far as I knew he was legit guilty, didn’t know there was a loophole, but it’s not too much of a surprise someone up there can do that,” said Meleah Figueroa, Memphis resident.
Initially, a judge sentenced Cosby to three to 10 years in prison back in 2018 for allegedly drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.
However, a judge wrote Wednesday that prosecutors were obligated to stand by the former district attorney’s decision to not press charges.
The previous decision made to allow Cosby to testify in a civil suit made by his accuser.
“There are lots of victims of sexual violence who don’t get the justice they would hope for or I hope for and that’s unfortunate, " said Sandy Bromley, Shelby County Crime Victims Center and Rape Crisis Center Director.
Bromley said this ruling may cause other women not to come forward, but she wants all to know the resources are available at the crisis center.
”There is help available regardless of whether or not they engage in the criminal justice system, regardless of whether not the system works for them. We want them to know there are free and confidential services available,” said Bromley.
Dozens of women have come forward saying Cosby drugged and assaulted them over the years.
Cosby has denied these accusations.
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