Supreme Court won’t review decision to free Bill Cosby from prison

Bill Cosby

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court says it will not take up the sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby, leaving in place a decision by Pennsylvania’s highest court to throw out his conviction and set him free from prison.

The high court Monday declined prosecutors’ request to hear the case and reinstate Cosby’s conviction.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last year threw out Cosby’s conviction, saying the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor’s agreement not to charge Cosby.

The Supreme Court did not say anything in rejecting the case. The case was included in a long list of cases the court said Monday it would not hear.

The 84-year-old Cosby was convicted of sexual assault.  In 2018, a jury found him guilty of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004.  A jury had previously deadlocked in Cosby’s case, resulting in a mistrial in 2017.

Cosby spent nearly three years in prison before Pennsylvania’s high court ordered his release.