After serving more than two years in prison, Bill Cosby will be set free after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction.
The 83-year-old legendary comedian was sentenced to a three to 10-year sentence after being found guilty of drugging and violating Temple University sports administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
Via The Associated Press:
Cosby was arrested in 2015, when a district attorney armed with newly unsealed evidence — the comic’s damaging deposition testimony in a lawsuit brought by Constand — brought charges against him days before the 12-year statute of limitations ran out.
But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said that District Attorney Kevin Steele, who made the decision to arrest Cosby, was obligated to stand by his predecessor’s promise not to charge Cosby. There was no evidence that promise was ever put in writing.
Justice David Wecht, writing for a split court, said Cosby had relied on the former prosecutor’s decision not to charge him when the comedian later gave his potentially incriminating testimony in the Constand’s civil case.
The court said that overturning the conviction, and barring any further prosecution, “is the only remedy that comports with society’s reasonable expectations of its elected prosecutors and our criminal justice system.”
The Supreme Court ruling comes one month after Bill Cosby was denied parole.
Bill was eligible for release on September 25, but after the Pennsylvania Parole Board spoke to him in May 7 via video conference they denied his parole.
Bill Cosby is currently trending on social media as people react to the news of his conviction being overturned.
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