Bill Cosby’s legal saga took a new turn Monday when prosecutors in Pennsylvania petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the actor’s sexual assault conviction
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele filed a writ of certiorari, for the high court to review the case of the lower court.
“Petitioning to ask the High Court for review was the right thing to do because of the precedent set in this case by the majority opinion of Pennsylvania Supreme Court that prosecutors’ statements in press releases now seemingly create immunity,” Steele said in a statement. “This decision as it stands will have far-reaching negative consequences beyond Montgomery County and Pennsylvania. The U.S. Supreme Court can right what we believe is a grievous wrong.”
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As previously reported, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out Cosby’s sexual assault conviction in June, saying prosecutors committed misconduct when they tried the case.
Monday was the deadline to file a petition against the decision, which Steele did.
Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt responded to Steele’s petition in a statement Monday.
“Unwilling to accept its epic loss in the Pennsylvania, Supreme Court, the Montgomery County District Attorney has now filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. In short, the Montgomery County D.A. asks the United States Supreme Court to throw the Constitution out the window, as it did, to satisfy the #metoo mob,” Wyatt said.
“There is no merit to the DA’s request which centers on the unique facts of the Cosby case and has no impact on important federal questions of law. The United States Supreme Court does not typically interfere with the rulings of a State’s high court unless it conflicts with the decisions of other state high courts or our federal court of appeals. This is a pathetic last-ditch effort that will not prevail. The Montgomery’s County’s DA’s fixation with Mr. Cosby is troubling to say the least,” he continued.
Despite proclaiming his innocence for many years, a Pennsylvania jury found Cosby guilty in 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.