Bill Cosby Released After Pennsylvania Court Overturned Sex Conviction
Bill Cosby, US comedian, has been released from prison just hours after his sexual assault conviction was reversed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
iexclusive News Nigeria reports that the justices acknowledged that the prosecution had committed a “process infringement,” but acknowledged that their decision was unique.
Mr. Cosby, 83, has already served more than two years of a three-to-ten-year sentence in a Pennsylvania state jail.
He was found guilty of drugging and abusing Andrea Constand, an ex-basketball player, in 2018.
Cosby is most remembered for his role as “America’s Dad” in the 1980s television sitcom The Cosby Show.
Despite the fact that dozens of women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual assault, he has only been charged with a crime for the event with Ms Constand. In 2018, his conviction was widely regarded as a watershed moment in the #MeToo movement.
Mr Cosby’s lawyers had reached an arrangement with a former state prosecutor that he would not be charged in the case, according to a verdict handed on Wednesday by Pennsylvania’s highest court.
The judges also decided that the trial had been compromised by testimony from accusers unrelated to the case.
“There is only one solution that will return Cosby to his former glory. He must be released, and any further prosecutions based on these charges must be stopped “, according to a 79-page report released on Wednesday.
“We agree that this cure is both severe and uncommon. However, it is justified in this case.”
Mr. Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, issued a statement thanking the court.
“This is the justice for which Mr. Cosby has fought. They noticed the light, “Mr. Wyatt explained. “He was offered a bargain and was given immunity. He should never have been charged in the first place.”