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The US Supreme Court seized on the overturning of the conviction of Bill Cosby

2021-11-30T02:35:42.132Z

The comedian was released on June 30 following a technical ruling from the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, although he admitted to drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.



A US prosecutor has appealed to the United States Supreme Court over the overturning this summer of the conviction of American television superstar Bill Cosby, convicted in 2018 of sexual assault, his services announced Monday (November 29th).

"The United States Supreme Court can redress what we consider a grave injustice,"

said Kevin Steele, a Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, district attorney, in a statement announcing the Nov. 24 filing of the appeal.

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Bill Cosby was released on June 30 following a technical ruling from the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, seen by many as a snub to the #MeToo movement.

At the time of his release, the comedian had been in jail since 2018 for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a woman who worked for Temple University in Philadelphia in 2004.

In its decision, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recalled that the first prosecutor in charge of the case had decided not to prosecute Bill Cosby in criminal proceedings, while encouraging him to testify in civil proceedings brought by the plaintiff, which he said. had agreed to do.

During this hearing, Bill Cosby had admitted to having given Andrea Constand a powerful sedative and to having carried out touching on her, considering that she was consenting because she had not reacted.

However, this testimony was then used against him during his criminal trial, when a new prosecutor, Kevin Steele in this case, decided to relaunch the case years later.

A "last pathetic effort"

"Requesting a review by the

(Supreme Court)

was the right thing to do,"

said Kevin Steele on Monday, denouncing the

"negative consequences"

that could have a precedent

"establishing that a press release from a prosecutor apparently now confers the immunity ”

. Bill Cosby had, in his own Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeal that led to his conviction being overturned, presented a 2005 press release as evidence of the first prosecutor's decision not to prosecute him. A spokesperson for the actor, now 84, criticized Monday a

"last pathetic effort"

, in a statement quoted by the American press.

William Henry Cosby, Jr, by his full name, was sentenced in 2018 to a minimum of three years' imprisonment (10 years at the most), and had already spent almost three behind bars.

Considered the embodiment of the ideal father in his television show, the actor, one of the first African Americans to break into the small screen, has been accused by some sixty women of sexual assault and sometimes rape, covered by prescription.

Source: lefigaro

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