‘Indefensible’: Prosecutors push for SCOTUS to reverse Cosby decision

Prosecutors are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the decision that resulted in disgraced comedian Bill Cosby’s release from prison.

According to reports, the prosecutors are requesting that the high court reinstate a sexual assault conviction and wipe away a previous ruling that his civil rights were violated.

Controversial press release sparks legal battle

For their part, Cosby’s defense attorneys have essentially dismissed the effort as a witch hunt.

After Cosby was convicted in 2018 for indecent aggravated assault, he spent three years behind bars before Pennsylvania’s highest court vacated that verdict.

The decision to strike his conviction was based on a 2005 press release from former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor who determined that there was not enough “credible and admissible” evidence to charge him with the crime.

Cosby’s lawyers have argued that he was under the impression that he would not be prosecuted when he offered testimony in a subsequent civil lawsuit brought by Andrea Constand that was later used against him in two criminal trials.

Castor later acknowledged that he issued the press release in an effort to convince Cosby not to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

“A pathetic last-ditch effort”

Cosby’s arrest amounted to “an affront to fundamental fairness,” the Pennsylvania Supreme Court determined. Current District Attorney Kevin Steele called that decision “indefensible.”

He wrote that the ruling “will have far-reaching negative consequences beyond Montgomery County and Pennsylvania,” adding that the nation’s highest court “can right what we believe is a grievous wrong.”

Steele accused the state Supreme Court of erroneously treating Castor’s statement like a binding legal agreement not to prosecute the case. It remains unclear whether the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in, which would represent the latest twist in a high-profile case involving a once-beloved entertainer.

Since the court accepts less than 1% of the petitions it receives, it seems unlikely that justices will ultimately make the final decision.

Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt released a statement on the latest development, declaring: “This is a pathetic last-ditch effort that will not prevail. The Montgomery County’s DA’s fixation with Mr. Cosby is troubling to say the least.”

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