Bill Cosby released from jail; sex conviction overturned by supreme court

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Popular comic, Bill Cosby  who was convicted and sentenced in 2018 on prices of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his house  in 2004, is now a free man.

The supreme court of Pennsylvania threw out Cosby’s conviction and released him from jail on Wednesday in a surprising reversal of fortune for the comic as soon as often called “America’s Dad.”

The court mentioned it discovered the prosecutor on the case had violated an settlement made with a unique prosecutor that prevented Cosby from being charged.

“When an unconditional charging decision is made publicly and with the intent to induce action and reliance by the defendant, and when the defendant does so to his detriment (and in some instances upon the advice of counsel), denying the defendant the benefit of that decision is an affront to fundamental fairness,” according to the excessive court opinion authored by Justice David Wecht.

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“For these reasons, Cosby’s convictions and judgment of sentence are vacated, and he is discharged.”

Cosby, 83, flashed the V-for-victory signal to a helicopter overhead as he trudged into his suburban Philadelphia house after serving practically three years of a three- to 10-year sentence.

The former “Cosby Show” star, who was the primary superstar tried and convicted within the #MeToo period, had no remark as he arrived. He simply smiled and nodded later at a information convention outdoors.

Cosby’s lawyer Jennifer Bonjean mentioned: “We are thrilled to have Mr. Cosby home.”

“He served three years of an unjust sentence and he did it with dignity and principle,” she added.

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“I have never changed my stance nor my story. I have always maintained my innocence,” Cosby later tweeted.

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Back in 2019, Cosby reportedly mentioned he has “no remorse” and feels he is sort of a “political prisoner.”

“I was declared Not Guilty in 2005 by the Commonwealth—never charged,” mentioned Cosby in a statement. “However, a low-life District Attorney and a corrupt Judge needed me Guilty now. Not for justice, but for their political aspirations.”

Reacting to the supreme court ruling, Andrea Constand and her attorneys mentioned in statement that Cosby’s acquittal is disappointing and will discourage different survivors of sexual assault from coming ahead.

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“Today’s majority decision regarding Bill Cosby is not only disappointing but of concern in that it may discourage those who seek justice for sexual assault in the criminal justice system from reporting or participating in the prosecution of the assailant or may force a victim to choose between filing either a criminal or civil action,” the assertion mentioned.

The assertion added: “Once again, we remain grateful to those women who came forward to tell their stories, to DA Kevin Steele and the excellent prosecutors who achieve a conviction at trial, despite the ultimate outcome which resulted from a procedural technicality, and we urge all victims to have their voices heard.”

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