Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturns Bill Coby’s sexual assault conviction based on technicality

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has overturned Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction, nearly three years into Cosby’s three to ten year sentence.

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The Court obtained a previously filed agreement between Cosby and a prosecutor stipulating that Cosby would be prevented from being charged in the case. 

Cosby had been found guilty of drugging and molesting a university employee. The charges against him had been filed in late 2015. 

Cosby had stricken a deal with a District Attorney who promised non-prosecution in exchange for Cosby’s decision to waive his Fifth Amendment and testimony in a civil case. 

Cosby was later indicted for sexual assault. 

The prosecution used testimonies from alleged victims and their experience with Cosby dating back to the 1980s. The prosecutors used the testimonies to show Cosby’s alleged pattern of drugging and sexually assaulting women. 

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that those testimonies tainted the trial. 

The prosecution has not said whether they would appeal the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision or not. 

Users online severely criticized the DA’s decision to offer Cosby a non-prosecution agreement. 

Cosby could be released and is likely to seek damages for his three-year prison term. 

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