Shock As Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Conviction Overturned

Bill Cosby was three years into a ten year sentence for sexual assault and was unlikely to be given parole. But now he is relaxing at home after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made a surprise ruling over an alleged agreement that was made years earlier between Cosby's lawyers and prosecutors that he would not stand trial.

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Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby (83) has been released from prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down his conviction for sexual assault. He was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault in April 2018 and sentenced to three to ten years in prison.  

US media networks broadcast live footage of Cosby as he returned to his home after his release from prison.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court determined that he did not receive a fair trial for the sexual assault allegations.

Everyone is stunned! How is this possible!

Victoria Valentino was one of the 60 women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault spoke to CNN about her feelings on hearing the shocking news of Cosby's release.

"I was just absolutely in shock! It's a gut punch! There's no other way to describe it. For a legal glitch to come up after all this time".

Valentino explained that the victims had recently been informed that Cosby was unlikely to be given parole as he had shown no remorse and had failed to participate in any treatment programmes for sex offenders. 

The Supreme court found that Cosby was denied a fair trial on the sexual assault charges. The issue stems from an alleged 'non-prosecutorial agreement' that was entered into between Cosby and prosecutors when a previous legal allegation of sexual assault was investigated.

The agreement was not written down, or agreed to by a court, which would be the normal procedure. The issue was aired before the trial court and was rejected.

The former Special Prosecutor Kristen Gibbons Feden spoke to CNN to explain that the Supreme Court found that the prosecutors should not have gone ahead with the case against Cosby. However they did not find that the verdict of the jury, that Cosby sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, was not valid.

However because of the legal technicality the verdict does not stand and Cosby is a free man. 
 

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