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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case to Overturn Ruling That Set Cosby Free

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against hearing the appeal by Pennsylvania prosecutors to overturn the decision issued by a state appellate court that allowed Bill Cosby to be released from prison after serving nearly three years in prison.

Cosby publicist Andrew Wyatt thanked the Supreme Court justices “for following the rules of law and protecting the Constitutional Rights of ALL American Citizens.”

“Mr. Cosby’s Constitutional Rights were a ‘reprehensible bait and switch’ by Kevin Steele, Judge Steve T. O’Neill and their cohorts,” Wyatt continued. “This is truly a victory for Mr. Cosby but it shows that cheating will never get you far in life and the corruption that lies within Montgomery County District’s Attorney Office has been brought to the center stage of the world.”

Cosby, who was found guilty in 2018 of drugging and sexually violating Andrea Constand at his home 14 years earlier, was freed after the state Supreme Court ruled his rights to due process had been violated. State justices found that when a Montgomery County District Attorney announcing that his office would not file sexual assault charges against Cosby in exchange for his deposition, the entertainer was had been in effect granted immunity and that therefore his due process rights were violated when he was subsequently prosecuted for the aggravated
sexual assault of Constand.

The question posed to U.S Supreme Court justices was: Where a prosecutor publicly announces that he will not file criminal charges based on lack of evidence, does the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment transform that announcement into a binding promise that no
charges will ever be filed, a promise that the target may rely on as if it were a grant of immunity?

Petitioning to the court, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said, “The U.S. Supreme Court can right what we believe is a grievous wrong.”

In making the argument against the high court stepping in, a lawyer for Cosby contended that “under the unique facts of the case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court concluded that [the former district attorney] had made an unconditional promise of non-prosecution, and that Cosby had relied on that promise to his detriment, namely foregoing his Fifth Amendment guarantees and testifying at four days of depositions, and that as a matter of fundamental fairness, the promise should be enforced.”


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