US Supreme Court says it will not review Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case, making him a free man and ending a two-decade legal drama that changed the scene culture, destroyed the ground-breaking black actor’s reputation and sent him to prison a few years later. his late 70s.
The high court – whose nine members include two men accused of sexual misconduct – refused to review a stunning Pennsylvania decision to release Cosby from prison in June under the words of a former prosecutor who said he had secretly promised Cosby’s attorneys that he could never be charged.
A Cosby spokesman expressed “sincere gratitude to the judges” for the ruling on behalf of Cosby and his family and said he was the victim of “a reprehensible bait and switch”. prosecutors and judges in the case.
“This is indeed a victory for Mr. Cosby, but it shows that cheating will never get you far in life, and that the corruption that lies within the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office has been brought to the center. of the world,” said spokesman Andrew Wyatt.
I didn’t hear her say anything. And I don’t feel she said anything. And so I move on and I get to the area between permission and denial. I don’t stopBill Cosby in 2006
The office of Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, in suburban Philadelphia, was not immediately available for comment. His accuser plans to release a statement later in the day.
Mr Steele said there was no evidence Cosby had a legally binding agreement that he could never be prosecuted.
His predecessor, Bruce Castor, never wrote or told anyone in his office about it. He never mentioned it in public until new evidence emerged and the case was reopened a decade later.
“A secret agreement that allows a wealthy defendant to buy a way out of a criminal case is not right,” Mr. Steele argued in court in 2016 when he pressed the case to trial.
Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill found Castor’s testimony to be unreliable and took the case to trial. However, the state Supreme Court later ruled that whether the supposed settlement was legally binding, Cosby relied on when he made surprising – and potentially incriminating – testimony in a lawsuit filed by his accuser afterwards.
Justice David Wecht wrote last year: “The principle of fundamental fairness based on due process in our criminal justice system requires that promises be kept.”
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During the takedown, Cosby appeared to be freely giving consciously verbose answers to questions from his accuser’s attorney. He details his sexual relationships with a series of young women, a few still underage, over the years. And he recalls giving some of them, including his accuser, alcohol or tablets while he remained sober.
“I didn’t hear her say anything. And I don’t feel she said anything. And so I move on and I get to the area between permission and denial. I wasn’t stopped,” Cosby said in the 2006 deposition, describing a sexual encounter that occurred after he gave her three pills for stress, which she said knocked her out.
He was arrested in the accuser’s case on December 30, 2015, just days before the 12-year statute of limitations was set to expire. Steele reopened the case after the Associated Press went to federal court to unearth Cosby’s long-buried testimony in his accuser’s case.
Cosby, after four days of testifying, paid $3.4 million (£2.6 million) to settle the case.
He was put on trial in a criminal case in suburban Philadelphia in June 2017. The jury was unable to reach a verdict. Less than a year later – after media mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse of women sparked the #MeToo movement – a second jury convicted Cosby of drugging and sexually abused his accuser.
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