The Pennsylvania Supreme Court just overturned infamous comedian and convicted rapist Bill Cosby’s conviction. Bill Cosby rocked the world after evidence at his trial showed proof that the 83-year-old drugged and molested Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University and professional basketball player.
Assistant District Attorney Adrienne Jappe warned the Court of Cosby’s methods to break down the women’s defenses, saying, “There was a built-in level of trust because of his status in the entertainment industry and because he held himself out as a public moralist.”
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard evidence showing an agreement between a prosecutor, previously working on the case, and Bill Cosby. The Court felt that the deal should have prevented Cosby from being prosecuted, and therefore it violated his Fifth Amendment right to self-incrimination.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court wrote, “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 Court also felt that testimony allowed at Cosby’s retrial tainted the jury. This decision disagrees with the Lower Court’s earlier ruling that the additional accusers not permitted in the original trial, but were allowed during the retrial, was an acceptable way to show previous similar experiences as the current victim.
“The collective weight of these considerations led D.A. Castor to conclude that, unless Cosby confessed, “there was insufficient credible and admissible evidence upon which any charge against Mr. Cosby related to the Constand incident could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” the Court wrote.
Cosby served only two years of his possible 10-year sentence. Fox reported that Cosby “vowed to serve all 10 years rather than acknowledge any remorse over the 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand.” The former TV all-American dad was recently denied parole because he reportedly refused to finish any sex offender training in prison. He continues to deny his guilt in the event.
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