TV icon's sexual assault conviction overturned in June
PHILADELPHIA, Penn. (KYMA, KECY) - Prosecutors on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision that overturned Bill Cosby's conviction on sexual assault charges.
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office takes issue with a statement made by a previous prosecutor who had announced criminal charges would not be filed against the iconic TV personality. Cosby's defense team took that statement as a promise of immunity. When comments made under that premise were used as evidence against Cosby, his attorneys used the statement to get his conviction overturned. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said prosecutors denied him protection from self-incrimination.
However, a statement from current prosecutors asks:
“Where a prosecutor publicly announces that he will not file criminal charges based on lack of evidence, does the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment transform that announcement into a binding promise that no charges will ever be filed, a promise that the target may rely on as if it was a grant of immunity?”-Statement from Montgomery County District Attorneys Office
District Attorney Kevin Steele wants the high court to determine whether a press release about a case can actually create immunity. Steele hopes justices will issue another reversal an uphold Cosby's conviction.
No word on when the Supreme Court will hear the case.