I place the blame squarely on the initial prosecutor.
Preliminary opinion on the Cosby decision: the DA who *initially* handled the case was utterly incompetent, had no idea what he was doing, and cared more about his reputation than anything else.
— Patterico (@Patterico) June 30, 2021
I can perhaps talk about it at length when I have more time, but this quote tells you all you need to know:
The press release specifically cautioned the parties that the decision could be revisited, “District Attorney Castor cautions all parties to this matter that he will reconsider this decision should the need arise.” He testified that inclusion of this sentence, warning that the decision could be revisited, in the paragraph about a civil case and the use of the word “this,” was intended to make clear that it applied to the civil case and not to the prosecution. Mr. Castor testified that this sentence was meant to advise the parties that if they criticized his decision, he would contact the media and explain that Ms. Constand’s actions damaged her credibility, which would severely hamper her civil case. He testified that once he was certain a prosecution was not viable “I operated under the certainty that a civil suit was coming and set up the dominoes to fall in such a way that Mr. Cosby would be required to testify. ”He included the language “much exists in this investigation that could be used by others to portray persons on both sides of the issue in a less than flattering light,” as a threat to Ms. Constand and her attorneys should they attack his office.
What a scumbag and idiot.