Legal Analyst on the Cosby Decision: Dark Day in American Law History


By Kristina Sgueglia, CNN

Bill Cosby is due out of jail after Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned his conviction and judgment, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court spokesperson said Wednesday.

The majority opinion said “Cosby’s convictions and judgment are set aside and he is released,” Stacey Witalec told CNN, reading the opinion.

Cosby was sentenced in 2018 to 3 to 10 years in state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at home in 2004.

Cosby’s attorney told CNN: “We believe he will be released from jail this afternoon.”

Lawyer Brian Perry said he was on his way to jail.

Pennsylvania Corrections spokesperson Maria Bivens in a statement to CNN said, “Pennsylvania Corrections received the court decision today. Work is underway to complete the necessary paperwork, and Mr. Cosby will be released as soon as possible.

Cosby Denied parole in May by the Pennsylvania Word Board, which cited a number of reasons for its decision, according to a letter from the board obtained by CNN.

The letter stated that Cosby was to “participate in and complete additional institutional programs”. Council cited “Cosby’s failure to develop a parole plan” and a “negative recommendation from the Department of Corrections” as factors that contributed to the decision.

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania last december heard arguments regarding an appeal filed by Cosby’s legal team to quash the conviction.

Cosby, once known as ‘America’s Father’, was convicted and sentenced three years ago in the first celebrity criminal trial of the #MeToo era, following a case quashed in 2017.

This story is breaking down and being brought up to date.

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