Bill Cosby Leaves Prison After Sexual Assault Conviction Is Overturned
Bill Cosby is officially a free man. The same day that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the 83-year-old’s 2018 conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, Cosby was seen leaving the State Correctional Institution – Phoenix in Philadelphia.
“Mr. Cosby was released from SCI Phoenix just before 2:30 p.m.,” a tweet from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections confirmed.
Mr. Cosby was released from SCI Phoenix just before 2:30 p.m. https://t.co/9OrCeutiQP
On Wednesday, the court found that an agreement Cosby had with a previous prosecutor prevented him from being charged in the case, according to documents obtained by ET. Cosby previously said that he relied on that agreement before agreeing to testify in his accuser’s civil lawsuit.
The court also ruled that Cosby’s case cannot be prosecuted again, writing, “He must be discharged, and any future prosecution on these particular charges must be barred.”
Cosby was initially charged in the case in 2015. He was acquitted during his first trial in 2017. The next year, during Cosby’s retrial, he was convicted of all three felony sex-assault counts.
Prior to his conviction being overturned, Cosby, who has maintained that his encounter with Constand was consensual, had served more than two years of his three to 10 year prison sentence. He was denied parole in May.
Last June, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to review Cosby’s case. At the time, the court said it’d review the trial judge’s decision to allow other women to testify about alleged previous encounters with Cosby. In addition, the court agreed to examine Cosby’s agreement with a former prosecutor.
Shortly after Cosby won the right to appeal, his wife, Camille Cosby, expressed support for her husband’s appeal.
“There are possibilities now. Finally, there is a court … that has said, ‘Wait a minute. There are some problems here. They can be considered for appeal,'” Camille told ABC News. “I am very, very pleased … but now I’m looking at something that is possible. Possible for vindication. That is the goal.”
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