Supreme Court declines to revive Bill Cosby prosecution


The Supreme Court left in place Monday an opinion by Pennsylvania’s highest court that overturned comedian Bill Cosby‘s sexual assault conviction, rejecting a bid from Pennsylvania prosecutors to review the decision.

Cosby was convicted of aggravated indecent assault in 2018 for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Pennsylvania home in 2004. He was sentenced to three to 10 years in a state prison.

He was released from prison in June after the state’s Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault convictionon the grounds that his due process rights had been violated. The Pennsylvania state Supreme Court justices said in their opinion that a former Montgomery County district attorney’s decision to not prosecute Cosby in 2005 in return for his deposition in a civil case was ultimately used against him at trial.

In a statement on behalf of Cosby and his family, publicist Andrew Wyatt praised the justices “for following the rules of law and protecting the Constitutional Rights of ALL American Citizens.”

“Mr. Cosby’s Constitutional Rights were a ‘reprehensible bait and switch’ by Kevin Steele, Judge Steve T. O’Neill and their cohorts,” Wyatt said. “This is truly a victory for Mr. Cosby but it shows that cheating will never get you far in life and the corruption that lies within Montgomery County District’s Attorney Office has been brought to the center stage of the world.”

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, which led the high-profile court case against Cosby, said in November that the main question of the appeal centered around the 14th Amendment and the right to due process. Continue Reading



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