Bill Cosby‘s sexual assault conviction has been overturned by Pennsylvania’s highest court which has allowed him to be released from prison.
Cosby, 83, was convicted back in 2018 after being found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand — a Temple University sports administrator — in his Philadelphia home back in 2004. His sentence entailed three to 10 years in prison, but he only served just over two years.
The court mentioned that a prosecutor’s choice not to charge the now-infamous comedian, is what allowed him to outwardly speak in a lawsuit against him, and that testimony was a turning point in his conviction years later by another prosecutor.
“When an unconditional charging decision is made publicly and with the intent to induce action and reliance by the defendant, and when the defendant does so to his detriment (and in some instances upon the advice of counsel), denying the defendant the benefit of that decision is an affront to fundamental fairness, particularly when it results in a criminal prosecution that was foregone for more than a decade”, the court stated. “For these reasons, Cosby’s convictions and judgment of sentence are vacated, and he is discharged.”
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