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Cosby, 83, flashed the V-for-victory to a helicopter overhead as he trudged into his suburban Philadelphia home after serving nearly three years of a three- to year sentence for drugging and violating Temple University sports administrator Andrea Constand in Cosby home. In a statement, Constand and her lawyers called the ruling disappointing, and they, like many other advocates, expressed fear that it could discourage sexual assault victims from coming forward.
Cosby was promptly set free from the state prison in suburban Montgomery County and driven home. I have always maintained my innocence. Thank you to all my fans, supporters and friends who stood by me through this ordeal. Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for upholding the rules of law. Shame on the court and this decision. A terrible wrong is being righted — a miscarriage of justice is corrected! Peter Goldberger, a suburban Philadelphia lawyer with an expertise in criminal appeals, said prosecutors could ask the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for reargument or reconsideration, but it would be a very long shot.
Even though Cosby was charged only with the assault on Constand, the judge at his trial allowed five other accusers to testify that they, too, were similarly victimized by Cosby in the s.
But the Pennsylvania high court did not weigh in on the question, saying it was moot, given the finding that Cosby should not have been prosecuted in the first place. In sentencing Cosby, the trial judge had declared him a sexually violent predator who could not be safely allowed out in public and needed to report to authorities for the rest of his life.
In May, Cosby was denied parole after refusing to participate in sex offender programs behind bars. He said he would resist the treatment programs and refuse to acknowledge wrongdoing even if it meant serving the full 10 years.
Castor declined to prosecute and instead encouraged Constand to sue for damages. Questioned under oath as part of that lawsuit, Cosby said he used to offer quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. More than 60 women came forward to say Cosby violated them.
The AP does not typically identify sexual assault victims without their permission, which Constand has granted. Cosby, in the deposition, acknowledged giving quaaludes to a year-old woman before having sex with her at a Las Vegas hotel in Cosby called the encounter consensual. This is about procedure.
This story has been corrected to show that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not express an opinion on the use of additional accusers. Sections U. Photography Videos U. Bill Cosby freed from prison, his sex conviction overturned. Bill Cosby gestures outside his home in Elkins Park, Pa. Pennsylvania's highest court has overturned comedian Cosby's sex assault conviction.
The court said Wednesday, that they found an agreement with a prosecutor prevented him from being charged in the case. The year-old Cosby had served more than two years at the state prison near Philadelphia and was released. coverage of the Cosby case. Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. The Associated Press. All rights reserved.Philadelphia women looking for sex
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