"We Gave It Our Best Shot"
Note: This column first appeared on the website The Cut on July 2, 2021
Shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, my cell and office phones began ringing off the hook and my social media accounts exploded.
What's going on? Is this true? How is this possible? Can you explain how this happened?
Many of these calls were from Bill Cosby's accusers, who were reeling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision overturning his conviction and ordering his immediate release while also forbidding he be tried for a third time. I've gotten to know many of them during my 16 years covering this story so they knew how to reach me and had good reason to think maybe I could shed some light on how this happened.
I'd fully expected the state Supreme Court to rule in Cosby's favor after I watched the oral arguments last December. The justices were openly hostile and contemptuous of the prosecution. At one point, Chief Justice Thomas Saylor even walked away while Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Adrienne Jappe was answering one of his questions. He was off screen for ten minutes, no explanation whatsoever given for his absence upon his return.