Bill Cosby soon free: his conviction quashed

In 2018, Bill Cosby was sentenced to ten years in prison, three of which were irreducible, in a case of sexual assault committed against a woman fifteen years earlier. In December 2015, the creator and actor of The Cosby Show was charged with sexual assault on some fifty victims. His trial started in June 2017. But the jurors could not agree unanimously, the hearing was finally canceled.

A new trial was then organized in 2018. The comedian was convicted of sexual assault on a woman he had previously drugged. The facts dated back to 2004, Bill Cosby visited Andrea Constand, a former professional basketball player. He had been accused of having made her swallow a strong sedative before sexually abusing her. An assault for which he received a ten-year prison sentence, including three years that cannot be reduced.

Why was Bill Cosby’s conviction for sexual assault overturned?

But it is a real turnaround that took place, this Wednesday, June 30, in this case. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned comedian Bill Cosby’s conviction for sexual assault. “The convictions and sentences imposed on Bill Cosby are quashed and he must be released,” the high court wrote in a 79-page judgment. According to the New York Post, the state Supreme Court ruled that a deal with a former prosecutor barred Bill Cosby from being charged with allegedly drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. The actor, now aged 83 years old, has already served more than two years of his sentence in a prison near Philadelphia.

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