Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction on Wednesday, 30 June 2021, and ordered that he be released from prison immediately.
This decision by the Court comes after Cosby had served more than two years of a potential three- to10-year sentence, following his conviction for sexual assault in 2018.
The court found that a previous prosecutor had made a deal with Cosby not to charge him in the case.
Bill Cosby was best known for his role as the lovable husband and father in the 1980s TV comedy series”The Cosby Show,” .
His popularity was shattered after many women accused him of sexual assault over a period of years. Cosby’s conviction was widely viewed as a landmark achievement in the #MeToo movement that brought forth a number of allegations against powerful men in Hollywood and other parts of the USA.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is the court of last instance in the state and has seven judges sitting on its bench. Max Baer is the current chief of the court.. The court was established by the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly in 1722 as a successor to the Provincial Court established in 1684. It is the oldest appellate court in the United States.
As of September 2019, five judges on the court were elected in partisan elections as Democrats, one judge was elected as a Republican, and one judge was appointed by a Democratic governor.