Cosby’s release leaves accusers dismayed, but women’s advocates say no court can erase their ‘courage and resolve’

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — It was late morning in Las Vegas when a caretaker told Autumn Burns that Bill Cosby was about to be released from prison. Assuming it had to be a joke, Burns responded: “Oh, come on.” Then the news flickered on, and Burns, who is 74 and blind, listened closely. The anchor confirmed it. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had overturned the sexual assault conviction of Cosby, the comedian she accused of raping her in the 1970s when she was a 24-year-old game starter at a casino. “I thought this was done,” Burns said Wednesday afternoon, minutes before the 83-year-old Cosby left prison…

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