Supreme Court asked to review overturned Bill Cosby sex crime conviction

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  • Prosecutors in Pennsylvania asked the United States Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that overturned Bill Cosby’s conviction for sexual assault.
  • Cosby, 84, served nearly three years in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to drugging and sexually assaulting a Temple University staff member more than a decade ago.
  • But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in June that a “non-prosecution agreement” with a former prosecutor should have prevented him from making criminal charges in the case.

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Prosecutors in Pennsylvania on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that overturned Bill Cosby’s conviction for sexual assault.

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Cosby, 84, served nearly three years in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to drugging and sexually assaulting a Temple University staff member more than a decade ago.

But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in June that a “non-prosecution agreement” with a former prosecutor should have prevented him from making criminal charges in the case. Cosby was released from prison on June 30.

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The district attorney’s office in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania filed a petition asking the High Court whether the settlement—in which then-prosecutor Bruce Castor promised not to file criminal charges against Cosby if the comedian would testify in a civil trial. – Should be considered as “immunity grant”.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a statement that the plea by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court “is the right thing to do because of the precedent established in this case”.

“This decision will have far-reaching negative consequences for Montgomery County and beyond Pennsylvania. The US Supreme Court can correct what we think is a serious wrong,” Steele said.

This is developing news. Please check back for updates.

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