Supreme Court Delivers Good News for Bill Cosby

Justices won't review lower court's decision to set him free
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 7, 2022 9:16 AM CST
Supreme Court Delivers Good News for Bill Cosby
In this 2018 photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

The Supreme Court said Monday it won't take up the sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby, leaving in place a decision by Pennsylvania's highest court to throw out his conviction and set him free from prison. The high court declined prosecutors' request to hear the case and reinstate Cosby's conviction, per the AP. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last year threw out Cosby's conviction, saying the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor's agreement not to charge Cosby.

As is typical, the Supreme Court didn't say anything in rejecting the case. It was included in a long list of cases the court said Monday it would not hear. The 84-year-old Cosby became the first celebrity convicted of sexual assault in the #MeToo era when a jury in 2018 found him guilty of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. A jury had previously deadlocked in Cosby's case, resulting in a mistrial in 2017. Cosby spent nearly three years in prison before Pennsylvania's high court ordered his release.

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