Geraldo Rivera has approved Bill Cosby’s release from prison after a “grotesquely unfair” proceeding, adding that Harvey Weinstein could be next.
Rivera, a lawyer, said he wrote a note to himself in 2018 describing Cosby as a “sexual predator who has left a trail of human misery and desperation” while predicting that “his conviction will be overturned” because the judge “overstepped the bounds in authorizing testimony from unrelated victims.”
“What they did to this guy is mob justice,” he said in Fox News’ America Reports with John Roberts and Sandra Smith. “First of all, the old state [district attorney] promised that they would not initiate criminal proceedings against him if he testified in a civil deposition. It was an express agreement he had with the former public prosecutor. It’s # 1. # 2, bringing in five unrelated victims to testify against him was so grotesquely unfair that it seemed to me to be mob justice. “
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“How is he going to recover those two years he lost?” Rivera asked, adding: “This should never have happened.”
Asked by John Roberts on how the accusers will get a sense of justice, Rivera said, “Our hearts are with these victims.”
“They should have gone to a prosecutor when their cases were ripe for justice. I’m sorry they don’t now have a sense of moral accomplishment, rehabilitation or reparation for the damage that this has done. man probably caused them, but that’s not how the criminal justice system works, “he continued.” In our system there is an accuser, there is evidence, evidence is filed by defense, then the jury or the judge decides. In this case, they brought in people who had no connection with this victim. Why only five? Why not 50? Why not all 50 you say were injured by this monster? … In this case, [the prosecutors] embellished [Cosby’s alleged wrongdoing] in a way that was unfair. “
Cosby was accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, who said the meeting took place in 2004. Bruce Castor, known for his defense of former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, was the county prosecutor de Montgomery at the time, and he argued that there was not enough evidence to convict Cosby on a criminal charge. He then made a deal with Cosby not to prosecute him on criminal charges in exchange for testimony in civil proceedings.
Cosby testified against himself in the civil case, and the depositions were unsealed in 2015, prompting the new prosecutor to use them to bring criminal charges against Cosby. Two trials were held and in the second five accusers testified against Cosby for unrelated incidents of alleged sexual misconduct. Cosby was convicted in 2018 and sentenced to three to ten years in prison.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the criminal conviction violated Cosby’s agreement with Castor. Cosby has been released, a move according to Rivera that could lead to similar developments in Weinstein’s case.
“This will also be reflected in Harvey Weinstein’s appeal,” he said. “They might be monsters. #MeToo may have demanded fair justice in both of these cases, but that’s not how the criminal justice system works.… Bill Cosby, I’m telling you: you can spit on him [and] do whatever you want, but he’s been wrongly condemned, in my opinion. “
Lawyers for Weinstein, who was convicted in February 2020 of first-degree sexual assault and third-degree rape following a trial in Manhattan Supreme Court, appealed against his 23-year sentence in April.
“Put simply, the prosecution judged Weinstein’s character, not his conduct,” Weinstein’s lawyers wrote in the appeal.
Weinstein, whose conviction was celebrated by the #MeToo movement, also faces pending charges filed in January 2020 by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, which alleges he raped a woman and sexually assaulted a woman. another woman over a two-day period in 2013.
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Weinstein’s lawyers said they were encouraged by Cosby’s release.
“By overturning Bill Cosby’s conviction, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has demonstrated, once again, that no matter who may be an accused and whatever the nature of the alleged crime, the courts can be counted on to follow the law. and come to a decision on the right decision, “Weinstein spokesperson Juda Engelmayer said in a statement. “This ruling also reaffirms our confidence that the New York Appeals Division will come to an equally correct ruling in Harvey Weinstein’s appeal, given the abundance of questions calling for a reversal.”
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