December 2021 —
USA Today’s Maria Puente Interviews Dennis McAndrews, Esq. —
It came as a shock to many when Bill Cosby was released from a Pennsylvania prison this past summer. In 2005, Cosby was accused of sexual assault; however, then-district attorney, Bruce Castor, declined to prosecute the case and told the defendant he would have immunity if he provided a deposition in a civil case. In 2015, some of the testimony was released which prompted current District Attorney Kevin Steele to press charges. Cosby was convicted of aggravated indecent assault in 2018 and was sentenced to three-to-ten-years in prison. He was released early when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated the conviction in June 2020 due to his verbal agreement with Bruce Castor to not be prosecuted.
This month, Maria Puente with USA Today interviewed former prosecutor, Dennis McAndrews, Esq., about Cosby’s recent release and whether he could go back to prison. When asked about the U.S. Supreme Court’s chances of reviewing the overturned conviction, McAndrews said, “The Cosby case is so novel that it does not involve a clear split of authority or dispute among the various courts in the nation, thus reducing the likelihood of the high court accepting this case, especially since it is not a matter of national importance.” McAndrews attended both of the Cosby trials, as well as the sentencing, and understands the uniqueness of this sensitive case.
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