Court overturns Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction

To be released immediately, will not face future prosecution

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In a stunning reversal of fortunes, the Pennsylvania supreme court has overturned the jail sentence of American comedian Bill Cosby.

The court found out that an agreement between a previous prosecutor and Cosby should have precluded him from being charged in the case.

The implication is that the 83-year old will not face future prosecution .

Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

In 2018, he was imprisoned in a Philadelphia cell for nearly two years after a jury convicted him of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman named Andrea Constand  at his home in 2004.

He strongly denied the allegation – including accusations from over 60 women.

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But in a unanimous ruling on Wednesday, the supreme court held that the testimony at the trial was tainted.

Cosby’s convictions and judgment of sentence are vacated, and he is discharged,” the Justices ruled.

His legal team was yet make an immediate  statement.

Although Cosby may now walk a free man, experts believe the fall-out from the accusations, conviction and now acquittal may linger for a while.

Cosby, a billionaire actor, comedian and entrepreneur, is most remembered for “The Cosby Show,” which aired from 1986 to 1992.

It is considered one of the most successful family sitcoms of all time.

Before that, he featured prominently alongside Robert Culp in ‘I Spy,‘  an espionage adventure series on NBC in 1965.

 

This made him the first African-American actors to feature  in a dramatic television series at the height of the civil rights era.

 

 

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