Mar 7, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court rejects appeal of Bill Cosby's overturned conviction

Bill Cosby arriving to court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, in September 2018.

Bill Cosby arrives at court in Norristown, Pa., in September 2018. Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal of a Pennsylvania court ruling that overturned comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction.

Why it matters: Cosby had been sentenced to 3–10 years in prison for drugging and molesting a woman in 2004 before his conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The big picture: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in June that an agreement he struck to provide testimony in a civil lawsuit in 2005 and 2006 should have given him immunity in the case.

  • Cosby, who has been accused of sexual misconduct or rape by more than 60 women, was released from prison last year.
  • Prosecutors asked the Supreme Court to review the ruling that led to Cosby's conviction being overturned and the origins of the testimonial agreement.
  • The Supreme Court rejected the appeal and many others without commentary.

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