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Bill Cosby’s freedom was virtually assured on Monday, when the US Supreme Court refused to hear a case to reinstate the disgraced comedian’s conviction.
The former ‘Cosby Show’ star was released from prison in June after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released its conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.
Pennsylvania’s highest court ruled that the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office could not prosecute Cosby because he had a non-prosecution agreement under a previous district attorney.
After the stunning turnaround, prosecutors in Pennsylvania petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, but the court rejected an injunction on Monday.Cosby had served less than three years of a three- to 10-year sentence when he was released from prison in June. Andrea Constand attends a press conference on September 25, 2018. Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images
While he was only charged in connection with the assault of Constand, Cosby has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women. Most allegations date back decades, making them difficult to prosecute due to statute of limitations.
Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, did not respond to Insider’s request for comment Monday. But in a statement to The New York Times, the Supreme Court thanked the decision.
“On behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Cosby and the Cosby family, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the justices of the United States Supreme Court for following the rule of law and protecting the constitutional rights of ALL US citizens,” he said. said in a statement.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele also issued a statement, saying that a Supreme Court petition was “the right thing to do,” although there was a slim chance she could do it, according to the Times. agreed to hear the case.
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