The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction after unearthing an agreement with a previous prosecutor that prevents him from being charged in the case. Cosby has already served two years of a three to a ten-year prison sentence in a state facility near Philadelphia. Cosby has argued that he is innocent in this particular case and has vowed to serve all ten years rather than admit guilt.
The incident in question allegedly took place seventeen years ago at Cosby's home in Pennsylvania. He is accused of inviting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand to his home, drugging her and sexually assaulting her. At the time of the incident, no criminal charges were filed. However, a burst of sexual assault allegations made against the comedian in 2015 brought Constand's case back to light. Ten days before the statute of limitations regarding the incident were set to pass, Cosby was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Three years after his arrest, a jury convicted and sentenced him to his current prison sentence. He was also forced to register as a sex offender.
With this recent development, Cosby is expected to be released from jail later today. At this time, it is unclear if prosecutors will seek to convict Cosby for yet another sexual assault-related crime. While more than four dozen women have come forward to accuse Cosby of various sexual assault-related crimes, the statute of limitations has prevented many of these accusations to be tried in court. As a result, many of Cosby's critics and accusers have raised issues with him being released into the public given the accusations levied against him over the years.