The Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court which overturned Bill Cosby’s conviction on sexual assault charges.
According to Fox News, the high court declined a request from prosecutors to hear a challenge to the overturned conviction on Monday.
“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,” Fox News noted.
“A jury had previously deadlocked in Cosby’s case, resulting in a mistrial in 2017.”
However, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the conviction last year.
The decision revolved around an agreement by a former prosecutor not to charge Cosby in the alleged assault against Constand. His problematic deposition in the civil case was used to charge him in 2015 after it was unsealed.
According to The Associated Press, Justice David Wecht wrote in his decision that Cosby had given the deposition not believing he would be charged, potentially leading him to say things he ordinarily wouldn’t.
Wecht said the 2015 arrest of Cosby was “an affront to fundamental fairness, particularly when it results in a criminal prosecution that was forgone for more than a decade.”
He added that “fair play and decency” required the district attorney to stand by the agreement not to charge Cosby.
Overturning the conviction and forbidding further prosecution in the case, the court ruled, “is the only remedy that comports with society’s reasonable expectations of its elected prosecutors and our criminal justice system.”
Cosby, an entertainment legend for a half-century before a spectacular fall from grace, had maintained his innocence despite a long line of women who accused him of sexual abuse. He had vowed to serve out the entire sentence.
“I have eight years and nine months left, he said during a 2019 prison interview.
“When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse.
“I was there. I don’t care what group of people come along and talk about this when they weren’t there. They don’t know.”