The Supreme Court has declined an appeal by Pennsylvania prosecutors in Bill Cosby’s overturned sexual assault conviction. Cosby had been convicted of sexual assault in 2018 and sentenced to three to 10 years in prison, but he was released in June 2021 after the Pennsylvania supreme court overturned the ruling in a stunning decision.
The Pennsylvania court determined last year that Cosby’s due process rights had been violated during his conviction and that a 2005 agreement with former prosecutor Bruce Castor should have prevented him from being charged again.
“The collective weight of these considerations led D.A. Castor to conclude that, unless Cosby confessed, there was insufficient credible and admissible evidence upon which any charge against Mr. Cosby related to the Constand incident could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,’” read the decision.
Cosby’s overturned charge was for raping Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004. The verdict was one of the major victories of the #MeToo movement after dozens of women came forward with allegations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them.
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