The Cosby Sex Scandal Continues
As most of us recall, Bill Cosby was convicted of various sex offenses in 2018 that related to patterned behavior which may have extended back decades and could have involved hundreds of potential victims. This week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the now 83-year-old Cosby did not receive a fair trial during the push for his 2018 conviction. Material to Supreme Court’s findings was that Cosby had admitted in 2005, under oath, to administering drugs to women to have sex with them; but that Cosby had only made these admissions because former district attorney Bruce Castor Jr. agreed to not prosecute Cosby. This promise then spurred Cosby into making admissions related to drugging various women because Cosby no longer feared the threat of criminal prosecution.
Fast forward to 2015 when a new district attorney in this Pennsylvania region reopened the Cosby case and decided to follow through with the accusations against Cosby. Using the testimony that Cosby divulged in 2005, the prosecution rebuilt the case. The prosecution was then able to establish a pattern of abusive behavior that was exhibited by Cosby. These efforts by the prosecution eventually resulted in a 2018 conviction where Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and was subsequently sentenced to three to seven years in prison. In 2019, Cosby lost his appeal but received a second bite at the apple when the PA Supreme Court accepted a review of his case. Today, in a 79-page-opinion by that Court, it was determined that Cosby did not receive a fair trial in 2015 due to the prosecution’s use of the 2005 tainted confessions of Cosby. Ultimately, the Supreme Court found that because Cosby relied on District Attorney Bruce Castor’s promise to not prosecute Cosby, and then made admissions due to that promise, the testimony later used to convict Cosby in 2015 was improper and thus resulted in an unfair trial. As a result of these oversights by the prosecution, Cosby’s convictions and the judgments of the sentence were vacated by the PA Supreme Court and Cosby was discharged. It is yet to be determined if Pennsylvania prosecutors will choose to open additional criminal proceedings against Cosby.
Blog By Adam M. Schneider