Comedian Bill Cosby will be released after a court sensationally quashes his conviction for sexual assault. A US court a woman 15 years ago, allowing his release from prison. “Cosby’s convictions and judgment of sentence are vacated, and he is discharged,” the Pennsylvania . Cosby, 83, had served over two years of a three- to 10-year near Philadelphia.
Although more than 60 women were charged with being victims of sexual assault by Cosby, he was tried criminally only for Ms. Constand’s assault since the statute of limitations had expired in the other cases. The state Supreme Court found that an agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented him from allegedly drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004. The ruling bars any retrial in the case. It was not immediately clear when he would be released. “We will need to receive, authenticate and review the court documents before we move forward,” a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokesperson told AFP.
Charges were filed against Cosby, who was once celebrated as “America’s Dad,” in late 2015 — justbefore the 12-year statute of limitations expired. He was convicted in 2018 at his second trial after the first trial ended in a hung jury. He had refused to employee, vowing instead to serve all ten years of the sentence. In part, he was recently denied parole over his refusal to admit guilt or acknowledge any remorse for crimes he maintains he did not commit.
The case had a complicated history that began in 2005 when Constand first reported the alleged assault to then-Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr., who ultimately declined to file charges in this case. But Mr. Castor’s successors reopened the case. They charged Cosby in 2015, justa nationwide barrage of new female accusations. Mr. Castor objected to the further prosecution, not to prosecute him for Constand’s assault if Cosby agreed to sit for a deposition in a civil case she had filed against him.
He was charged in late 2015 when a prosecutor armed with newly unsealed evidence — Cosby’sdeposition from her lawsuit — arrested him days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired. Excerpts from that deposition were ultimately used against Cosby at trial. He filed a second appeal against his conviction in August . His lawyers argued that five as witnesses. They complained that their “decades-old” allegations, which were not part of the charges, had prejudiced the jury. It was the first guilty verdict for against a celebrity since the advent of the #MeToo movement.