The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned comedian Bill Cosby’s 2018 sexual assault conviction.
The state Supreme Court ruled that Cosby’s deal with former prosecutor Bruce Castor should have been honored.
“When an unconditional charging decision is made publicly and with the intent to induce action and reliance by the defendant, and when the defendant does so to his detriment (and in some instances upon the advice of counsel), denying the defendant the benefit of that decision is an affront to fundamental fairness, particularly when it results in a criminal prosecution that was foregone for more than a decade,” according to the high court opinion. “For these reasons, Cosby’s convictions and judgment of sentence are vacated, and he is discharged.”
Castor told the Black Press that the trials against Cosby were “a miscarriage of justice.”
He had also cast doubt on accuser Andrea Constand’s credibility.
Cosby has served nearly three years of a 3-to-10 year prison sentence following his 2018 conviction on charges of indecent aggravated assault. He had repeatedly maintained his innocence.