When the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on Thursday following a short trial with a fairly simple set of facts, the signs weren’t good for the prosecution.
And the jury confirmed those suspicions on Friday. Per multiple reports, Cox has been acquitted.
The verdict comes notwithstanding evidence that: (1) Cox denied having sex with the alleged victim; and (2) the DNA of a fetus growing in the alleged victim’s body matched Cox’s DNA.
It’s another example of the difference between factual and legal guilt. Cox may have actually done it, but the jury may have decided that the prosecution failed to introduce proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
The next question is whether the alleged victim will sue him for assault. In that case, the burden of proof will be much, much lower. Cox won’t be able to avoid testifying if she sues.
So, even though he isn’t going to jail, another aspect of the legal system could still find that Cox violated the alleged victim’s rights.
A separate question is whether another NFL team will give Cox a chance. Some may still shy away from him, despite the acquittal.