Washington — The Supreme Court docket on Monday turned away a request from Pennsylvania prosecutors to evaluation athat overturned Invoice Cosby’s sexual assault conviction, leaving the ruling from Pennsylvania’s excessive courtroom that freed him from jail intact.
Prosecutors from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, asked the justices to wade into the case involving Cosby and argued the June resolution from the state supreme courtroom units a “harmful precedent” that’s in stress with federal and state instances. The nation’s highest courtroom, although, spurned their bid to reinstate Cosby’s conviction and, as is common, did not explain its resolution to not hear the case.
A spokesperson for Cosby, Andrew Wyatt, referred to as the transfer by the Supreme Court docket a “victory” for the previous comic and actor.
“On behalf of Mr. & Mrs. Cosby and the Cosby household, we want to supply our honest gratitude to the justices of america Supreme Court docket for following the principles of legislation and defending the constitutional rights of all Americans of those United States,” he mentioned in an announcement.
The choice from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court docket to toss out Cosby’s 2018 sexual assault conviction turned on a press launch issued greater than a decade earlier by Bruce Castor, who was then serving because the Montgomery County district lawyer. Castor was accountable for investigating the prison grievance towards Cosby made by Andrea Constand, a former worker at Temple College who mentioned Cosby sexually assaulted her at his house in 2004.
Within the press launch, Castor mentioned he determined to not prosecute Cosby, as “underneath the circumstances of this case,” a conviction can be “unattainable.”
Constand then filed civil prices towards Cosby and, in depositions in 2005 and 2006, Cosby testified he gave Constand Benadryl tablets on the night time of the assault. He additionally admitted to getting access to Quaaludes and testified he gave the tablets to ladies earlier than sexual encounters.
Cosby’s depositions have been made public in July 2015, and Montgomery County’s new district lawyer reopened the investigation, ultimately charging Cosby. He moved to dismiss the costs, arguing Castor, the previous prosecutor, promised by no means to prosecute him.
Cosby was then convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and sentenced to a few to 10 years in state jail.
After the conviction was upheld by the Pennsylvania Superior Court docket, Cosby appealed to the state supreme courtroom. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court docket dominated in Cosby’s favor in June, discovering he relied on the press launch from Castor as a grant of everlasting immunity. The choice by Castor to not prosecute Cosby “was not conditioned in any approach, form, or kind,” the Pennsylvania Supreme Court docket discovered.
Cosby was launched from jail final summer time following the state excessive courtroom’s resolution.
Zoe Christen Jones contributed to this report.