Newsweek: Bill Cosby is set to be freed from prison after the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court issued an opinion to vacate his conviction.
Cosby’s lawyers had appealed to the court in December, arguing the life of the former actor and comedian was put on trial, and he suffered unquantifiable prejudice. The Supreme Court agreed to review two aspects of the case—one on the judge’s decision to let prosecutors call five additional accusers in addition to original accuser Andrea Constand, and another point regarding Cosby’s argument that he made an agreement with a former prosecutor that he would not ever be charged.
The 83-year-old has been in a state prison outside of Philadelphia after a jury convicted him in 2018 of three aggravated indecent assault counts. He was deemed a “sexually violent predator” who posed an “imminent safety risk to women.”
In the court’s opinion released today, the justices wrote: “There is only one remedy that can completely restore Cosby to the status quo ante. He must be discharged, and any future prosecution on these particular charges must be barred. We do not dispute that this remedy is both severe and rare. But it is warranted here, indeed compelled.”
“For these reasons, Cosby’s convictions and judgment of sentence are vacated, and he is discharged,” the opinion added.