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Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction was thrown out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The 83-year-old is now a free man.
Outrage, or no? I can’t keep up with how leftists are supposed to feel, so this will be interesting.
What are Alyssa Milano’s thoughts on this? She’s a staunch #MeToo advocate. We’re supposed to “believe all women,” right?
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court vacated the sexual assault conviction of Bill Cosby on Wednesday and ordered his release from prison after finding that he was denied protection against self-incrimination.
The court said that a prosecutor’s decision not to charge Cosby, 83, opened the door for him to speak freely in a lawsuit against him — and that testimony was key in his conviction years later by another prosecutor.
Cosby was convicted in 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, and was serving a three- to 10-year sentence. He has served two years of the sentence.
The state Supreme Court said Cosby cannot be retried on the same charges.
“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,” the high court ruled.
“For these reasons, Cosby’s convictions and judgment of sentence are vacated, and he is discharged.”
The prosecution of Cosby was one of the first major milestones of the #MeToo movement, as women came forward with their tales of unwanted sexual advances and harassment in the workplace.
Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt thanked the comedian’s legal team and Pennsylvania Supreme Court, calling Wednesday’s ruling a moment of justice for Black Americans.
You can read the full article by NBC News here.