Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned Bill Cosby‘s sex assault conviction Wednesday after finding agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented him from being charged in the case.
The ruling bars any retrial in the case, court documents say. The full court document can be read here.
NBC and MSNBC news anchor Craig Melvin tweeted that Cosby could be released within the next few hours.
Cosby’s release comes after serving over two years of a three to 10-year sentence at the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix near Philadelphia. Cosby opted to serve the maximum of the sentence as opposed to apologizing for the alleged 2004 sexual encounter with his accuser Andre Constand.
Cosby was accused of drugging and molesting Constand at his estate in 2004. He was charged in 2015 and arrested just days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Bill Cosby Apologists Ridiculed After Harvey Weinstein Is Sentenced To Lengthy Prison Bid
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Forcing Bill Cosby and R. Kelly apologists to take in the Harvey Weinstein news pic.twitter.com/KiOIkY6HgV— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 11, 2020
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I see all the Bill Cosby and R Kelly apologists real quiet now.pic.twitter.com/wYSZTVZPHa— Bree Van de Kamp News (@randepls) March 11, 2020
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I don't like incarceration, but I DO like public reminders that even people who appear untouchable can be forced to reckon with their behavior. Like I said after Cosby, may powerful (men) remember that you're never too old to get got by your own bad choices. Choose better. #MeToo https://t.co/XZ7i1KdTlx— Sabrina Joy Stevens (@realsabijoy) March 11, 2020
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Harvey Weinstein got sentenced more time than Bill Cosby. Y’all can’t use him to defend y’all favorite rapists now huh?🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/vVuZ8rM736— #ALLBLACKLIVESMATTER❤️🖤💚🏳️🌈 (@hisuniquestyle) March 11, 2020
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This Harvey Weinstein sentence is reminding me of how many Black folks are willing to die on the "what about" hill for Cosby & R. Kelly and I... just---— Rooting for the Skinfolk thats Kinfolk (@blkteachergriot) March 11, 2020
It might be time for a twitter break pic.twitter.com/mhG2p0yXEF
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