The conviction of actor and comedian Bill Cosby, who was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault and has been in prison for over two years, has been overturned. Cosby was released from prison and returned home. Here we will give you some information about what happened in the process that brought Cosby out of prison.
The conviction of Bill Cosby, a famous actor who was sentenced to prison for sexual assault, was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The court ruled that Cosby’s 2005 settlement with former prosecutor Bruce Castor should prevent him from being charged again.
It concluded that “unless Cosby confessed, no charges could be brought against him in the Constand affair, and that there was insufficient convincing and admissible evidence that the charge could be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Hours after the verdict, Cosby was released from prison. He posed with a victory sign to the members of the press waiting in front of his house.
10 years for the Andrea Constand Case
The American comedian was sued in 2015 for raping Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004 and convicted in 2018. Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison.
Cosby was arrested a few days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired. At his first hearing in 2017, the judge initially only allowed the plaintiff to testify, and the jury was unable to reach a verdict. However, the case resulted in Cosby’s conviction on April 26, 2018, when five other women testified at the 2018 retrial containing similar allegations to Constand.
But yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the testimony at the trial was flawed, even though the lower court found that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted women. Supreme Court judges said they were concerned about the growing tendency for testimony to degenerate into character attacks.
Accused by more than 60 women
Cosby was in a prison near Philadelphia for over two years. Instead of expressing any remorse over the sexual assault in 2004, he promised to serve 10 years in public service.
The 83-year-old actress settled a lawsuit with Temple University employee Constand in 2006. Later it turned out that this amount was about 3.4 million dollars.
But then that deal fell through when dozens of women accused Cosby of drugging and raping them. More than 60 women ended Cosby’s career on his accusations.
Cosby was arrested on December 30, 2015, just before the statute of limitations in Constand’s case expired. Due to the time limit in sexual assault cases, the Constand charge was the only charge that could be prosecuted. The charges against Cosby include events dating back to the mid-60s.
Cosby’s conviction in 2018 was considered a victory for the #MeToo (Me Too) movement. Cosby’s indictment of the victim in the defense was fruitless, and the other five women allowed to testify led to Cosby’s conviction.
Given the gravity of the allegations and Cosby’s long history of facing such charges, news of his release sparked public outrage. The eviction raised new questions and debates about the deterrent effect of penalties in the United States.