Bill Cosby sentence overturned

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the 2019 sexual assault conviction against comedian Bill Cosby. (Michael Bryant/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

(TNS) PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned Bill Cosby’s 2019 sexual assault conviction, ruling that a “non-prosecution agreement” with a previous prosecutor should have prevented him from being charged in the case.

The 83-year-old comedian has served more than two years of a three- to 10-year sentence in a state prison in Montgomery County, after his conviction on charges he drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004.

He was recently denied parole, in part over his refusal to admit guilt or acknowledge any remorse for crimes he maintains he did not commit.

The case had a complicated history that began in 2005 when Constand first reported the alleged assault to then-Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr., who ultimately declined to file charges in this case.

But Castor’s successors reopened the case and charged Cosby in 2015, just days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired and amid a barrage of new accusations from women across the country.

At the time, Castor objected to the new prosecution, saying he’d struck a deal with Cosby and his lawyers not to prosecute him for Constand’s assault if Cosby agreed to sit for a deposition in a civil case she had filed against him.

Excerpts from that deposition were ultimately used against Cosby at trial.

He was charged in late 2015, when a prosecutor armed with newly unsealed evidence — Cosby’s damaging deposition from her lawsuit — arrested him days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired.

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scottmyers

The metoo movement needed some rebalancing. When it was developed it was not about any gender. The analogy begins with various interpretations of the biblical Adan and Even story, some say that Even lied, or was tricked. Others notice that the fruit is knowledge of good and evil, which comes with a loss of innocence. Knowledge isn't sinful obviously, and knowledge of good and evil is similarly not sinful.

HEAVEN IS HERE

I look at heaven as if it's already here,

A place we go if we properly steer;

Eden's a place where they don't wear leaves,

Had no pets, had no peeves;

Eden wasn't lost by an apple from Eve,

No serpent provoked any trick,

Eve knew the snake wasn't a stick;

Eden wasn't lost by Adam OR Eve,

They simply didn't take full responsibility;

All can be restored to this place of bliss,

Where innocence blesses each heartfelt kiss;

The blowing wind creates the flight,

Cause and Effect supports the kite;

The same's true of all of us,

This is our role in the Sacred Trust;

How do we know which way to steer?

Look inside when you feel weird;

Meditation, my dear,

makes it perfectly clear.

(c) 2013, Scott Myers

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