Bill Cosby’s overturned conviction will not be reviewed by the Supreme Court (Update)
Last year, Pennsylvania prosecutors petitioned the Supreme Court to reconsider Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction, which had been overturned.
On Monday, the court reached a decision not to revisit the issue, allowing the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s previous judgment to stand.
According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court stated on Monday that it would not reconsider the overturned verdict without comment, thereby freeing Cosby and putting an end to his legal battles after being accused of sexually assaulting a number of women over the years.
Cosby was released from prison in June when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found that an earlier prosecutor’s “non-prosecution agreement” should have prevented him from being charged criminally in the case.
“This is truly a victory for Mr. Cosby, but it shows that cheating will never get you far in life, and the corruption that exists within the Montgomery County District Attorney Office has been brought to the center stage of the world,” Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said of the Supreme Court’s recent decision.
As previously reported, Pennsylvania prosecutors filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court in November, asking the court to consider whether a promise made by then-prosecutor Bruce Castor not to file criminal charges against Bill if he testified in a civil lawsuit should be treated as “a grant of immunity.”
“There is no proof that Cosby had a legally binding agreement that he could never be prosecuted,” claimed Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele’s office. Castor also failed to put the agreement in writing and did not inform anyone in his office about it. The alleged agreement was only made public after new evidence became available.
Following Cosby’s release from prison, other women came forward, alleging that the renowned comedian/actor had sexually assaulted them. After alleging that she was sexually abused in 1990, actress Lili Bernard came forward and filed a lawsuit in October.