Prosecutors have filed a motion in the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that overturned the conviction of comedian Bill Cosby for sexual assault, Fox News reported. According to the report, the categories argued that “this ruling could set a dangerous precedent. This decision will have far-reaching negative consequences.”
As a reminder, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the release of the 84-year-old comedian after the prosecution erred in prosecuting Cosby because there was an earlier agreement that prevented an indictment. Cosby was convicted in 2018 of three counts of indecent assault from 2004, against Andrea Constance, 46, a former principal of the Temple University women’s basketball team in Philadelphia, in which he was a partner in its board of trustees. Following this, the famous comedian was sentenced to three to ten years in prison.
According to the Supreme Court ruling, Cosby should not have been prosecuted. The ruling further stated that it was also not possible to file a new indictment against Cosby in the case. The judges noted that when the district attorney who served in 2004, Bruce Castor, decided to drop charges against Cosby, the comedian agreed to testify in the civil lawsuit against him and provided statements that indicted him on the understanding that he would not be prosecuted.
Cosby’s trial, which for years was considered the most popular comedian in America, was one of the most notable against an American entertainment star since the #MeToo campaign began. Over the years, allegations of sexual assault have been made against Cosby by women, and since 2015, dozens of complainants have been exposed. As a result, Cosby’s planned television projects were canceled and he was even expelled from the Film Academy.