On December 28, disgraced comic and actor Invoice Cosby sat down for a shock interview on the radio present WGH Discuss, and introduced his hopes to go on tour in 2023. How can that be, although? Wasn’t Cosby convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to jail? Did he already serve his sentence?
Not fairly. Right here’s what occurred.
The Invoice Cosby case, defined
Though Cosby was accused of sexual assault by roughly 60 ladies, solely a type of accusations went to trial. Cosby was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, an worker at Temple College who labored for the ladies’s basketball crew, and the case went to trial in 2017. Nevertheless, the jury was deadlocked, leading to a mistrial. When Cosby was tried once more in 2018, he was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in opposition to Constand, within the first case to go to trial after the #MeToo motion gained momentum.
Cosby appealed the case, however his appeals had been denied, and he was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in jail. Nevertheless, he served lower than three years earlier than he was launched.
Why was Invoice Cosby launched?
Cosby’s sentence was vacated in 2021 by the Pennsylvania Supreme Courtroom. In line with the court docket, Cosby’s proper to due course of was violated due to a promise a district lawyer made to him in 2005.
When Cosby gave a deposition in Constand’s civil case in opposition to him, Bruce L. Castor Jr., the DA for Montgomery County, PA, said that he wouldn’t be submitting legal prices in opposition to Cosby. Castor was apparently involved that if Cosby thought he’d face legal prices for the assault, he’d invoke his fifth modification rights to keep away from testifying within the civil case.
Nevertheless, one other DA did resolve to cost Cosby, and even used his deposition from the civil case as proof within the trial.
In June 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Courtroom overturned Cosby’s conviction on the grounds that Castor had made a binding promise to not cost Cosby. In line with the court docket ruling, the DA workplace’s reversal of that promise violated Cosby’s rights.
Does that imply Cosby is harmless?
No. Each the civil and legal trials discovered Cosby responsible of sexually assaulting Constand. This ruling simply signifies that Cosby doesn’t need to serve his full jail sentence, and he can’t be prosecuted once more for assaulting Constand.
When was Invoice Cosby launched?
Cosby was launched on July 1, 2021.
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