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Charges dropped against Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby is set to be released from prison after his sexual assault conviction was overturned on Wednesday.

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The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court issued an opinion Wednesday ruling that a ‘non-prosecution agreement’ with a previous prosecutor should have prevented him from being charged in the case.

The former “Cosby Show” star was arrested in 2015, when a district attorney armed with newly unsealed evidence — the comic’s damaging deposition in a lawsuit brought by Constand — brought charges against him days before the 12-year statute of limitations ran out.

The 83-year-old former actor served nearly three years of a three-to 10-year sentence after convicted guilty of drugging and violating Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia suburban home in 2004.

Cosby was the first celebrity tried and convicted in the #MeToo era.

As Cosby was set free from the state prison, his appeals lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, said Cosby “should never have been prosecuted for these offenses.”

In a statement, Steele said Cosby went free “on a procedural issue that is irrelevant to the facts of the crime.” He commended Constand for coming forward and added: “My hope is that this decision will not dampen the reporting of sexual assaults by victims. … We still believe that no one is above the law — including those who are rich, famous and powerful.”

Read the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court’s full documentation and statement, released earlier today.

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