The conviction of American comedian Bill Cosby, who first appeared in court in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, has been overturned.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed Cosby’s conviction for sexual assault on the 30th local time and ordered her release, the Associated Press and the New York Times reported.
As a result, Cosby, who was once called America’s ‘national father’, was freed after more than two years in prison.
Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in prison in September 2018 for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a sports administration employee at his alma mater, Temple University, in 2004, after he gave him a drug to make him unconscious.
The Supreme Court’s decision is not that Cosby’s allegations of sexual violence were denied, but that he did not enjoy a fair judicial process.
Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Caster Jr., after investigating the 2005 Constend case, determined that the evidence was insufficient to prosecute Cosby criminally, and instead promised not to prosecute Cosby in order to encourage Cosby’s testimony in a civil case, according to The New York Times and others. I did.
Believing this, Cosby admitted in a civil trial that he had given him drugs to have sex with women.
However, his successor, current Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, arrested Cosby and charged him with sexual assault in December 2015, just before the 12-year statute of limitations expired.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David Wett said that Cosby believed the former Attorney General’s promise not to prosecute and, in effect, testified that he was guilty, and reversed the conviction and barred further prosecution.
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