Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Conviction Overturned Due To Procedural Error




Bill Cosby is to be released from prison after conviction overturned by Pennsylvania's highest court.

The majority opinion stated that "Cosby's convictions and judgment of sentence are vacated and he is discharged," via CNN.


The two points the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to hear:


1- The admission into trial of "prior bad acts" witnesses and Cosby's 2005-2006 quaalude deposition. The appeal argued that the trial judge erred in allowing Cosby's prior deposition about using quaaludes during consensual sexual encounters with women in the 1970s at trial.


2- A written agreement from previous Montgomery County prosecutor Bruce Castor not to criminally prosecute Cosby in the Constand case. Castor had testified that while he was district attorney, he promised Cosby he would not file criminal charges if the entertainer would testify in a civil lawsuit Constand filed against Cosby in 2005. Cosby testified during four days of depositions by Constand's attorneys, and the civil lawsuit was settled for more than $3 million in 2006. Prosecutor Kevin R. Steele later brought criminal charges against Cosby in 2015 after succeeding Castor as the county's district attorney. - via ABC News





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