Bill Cosby began his career as a stand-up comic at San Francisco’s Hungry I nightclub. Bill Cosby’s criminal sex-assault case may be reopened soon if a judge bows to the will of a Pennsylvania district attorney. The prosecutor is requesting that the 84-year-old be returned to prison to finish serving time on his drugging and molestation conviction from 2018.
According to ABC, the man dubbed “America’s Dad” was convicted by a jury four years ago of slipping drugs to college sports administrator Andrea Constand in 2004 and then engaging in non-consensual sexual relations with her. In the #MeToo era, he was the first and one of the few celebrities to be found guilty of these types of crimes.
Despite the conviction, Cosby was released in June 2021 after Cosby’s team claimed to the judge that he believed he entered into an agreement with a former Pennsylvania D.A. that he would not be prosecuted regardless of what he confessed.
With this understanding, he provided damning testimony that led to the court’s conclusion that he did, in fact, abuse at least one woman in 2005. That testimony, which the defence claimed was obtained illegally, was a key factor in his conviction. However, last summer, a judge honoured the original agreement and let the disgraced comedian out of jail.
District Attorney Kevin Steele of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is attempting to reopen the case. According to Steele, the written evidence of this nonprosecution promise is a 2005 news release from Bruce Castor, which does not constitute an immunity agreement. The legal team for the Philadelphia comedian is urging the inquiry to be dismissed. Jennifer Bonjean, Cosby’s lawyer, wrote in a 15-page response filed on Monday, January 31.
“Notwithstanding the commonwealth’s warning of imminent catastrophic consequences, the Cosby holding will likely be confined to its own ‘rare, if not entirely unique’ set of circumstances, making review by this court particularly unjustified.”
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