3 hr 4 min agoCosby has been released from prison, official saysFrom CNN’s Mark Morales
Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County courthouse in 2018. Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty ImagesBill Cosby “has been released” from prison, according to Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokesperson Maria Bevins.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania vacated his 2018 conviction on sexual assault charges and judgment of sentence.
He had been sentenced to 10 years in a state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home 14 years ago.
3 hr 11 min agoAttorney who represented many Bill Cosby accusers says court decision is “devastating”From CNN’s Sonia Moghe
Attorney Gloria Allred, center, walks out of the courtroom at Montgomery County courthouse during Bill Cosby’s trial in 2017. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool/APAttorney Gloria Allred, who represented many of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of misconduct, says today’s court decision to release Cosby is “devastating” for the accusers.
“My heart especially goes out to those who bravely testified in both of his criminal cases,” Allred said in a statement. “Despite the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision, this was an important fight for justice and even though the court overturned the conviction on technical grounds, it did not vindicate Bill Cosby’s conduct and should not be interpreted as a statement or a finding that he did not engage in the acts of which he has been accused.”3 hr 28 min agoWhite House press secretary stresses Biden support for sexual assault survivors after Cosby decisionFrom CNN’s Nikki Carvajal
White House press secretary Jen Psaki looks on during a press briefing on June 30. Susan Walsh/APThe White House did not have a “direct response” on Wednesday to the news that Bill Cosby would be released from prison, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, but she stressed the administration’s support for survivors of sexual assault.
“I’ll just use the opportunity to reiterate that the President has long been an advocate for fighting against violence against women, for ensuring that we are raising the voices and the stories of people who have been survivors of sexual assault,” Psaki said. “That’s something he has done throughout his career and will continue to do.”She added she didn’t “have a specific comment on that announcement today,” but added that if the White House releases a statement it could come later Wednesday.
Asked by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins about the kind of message the vacated conviction sends – particularly given it was related to a judge’s decision, and not necessarily whether Cosby committed those crimes – Psaki said she didn’t want to comment on a specific decision.
“I just want to be careful about not speaking to a specific decision by a court,” Psaki said, “but I can say, broadly speaking, as I tried to do earlier, obviously the President is somebody who has fought for advocated for elevating the voices and stories of women who are survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and certainly knows that’s a difficult journey for many of them.”
She added that Biden, “believes that these women are courageous, they’re brave, and he wants it to be an environment wants us to live in a country where they were women will feel comfortable moving forward and telling their story.”
Psaki also reiterated that if there’s a specific response from the White House it would come after the press briefing.
3 hr 34 min agoWhat to know about Bill Cosby’s caseBill Cosby, right, walks through the Montgomery County courthouse in 2018. Dominick Reuter/Pool/Getty ImagesBill Cosby will be released from prison as soon as today after the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania vacated his 2018 conviction on sexual assault charges and judgment of sentence, according to a courts spokesperson.
A jury had found Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his home in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004.
Here’s everything you need to know about Cosby’s case:
There were two trials: At Cosby’s first criminal trial, which ended in a hung jury, defense attorneys tried to poke holes in Constand’s version of events and argued that the two had a consensual sexual relationship. At his second trial, Cosby faced the testimony of five other women who claimed similar misconduct by him.
The verdict: The jury worked for more than 14 hours over two days to reach the guilty verdict. “We are so happy that finally we can say, women are believed. And not only on #MeToo but in a court of law where they are under oath, where they testified truthfully, where they are attacked,” Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented many of the women who accused Cosby of misconduct, said.
Following the verdict: Cosby did not audibly react to the guilty verdict, but he did erupt shortly afterword. Prosecutors asked the judge to revoke Cosby’s bail, saying he was a flight risk and had a private plane. Cosby then stood up and yelled, “He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole.” Moreover, after Cosby was found guilty, many universities revoked his honorary degrees, such Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvan
The actor has been released from custody after the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania vacated his conviction and judgment for sexual assault
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