The Real Reason Bill Cosby Is Getting Out Of Prison

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby will soon walk out of prison as a free man. Per Pennsylvania's Fox 43, Cosby's jail sentence has been overturned by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court after it reviewed his case. Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison when he was convicted of sexual assault in 2018.

The former "Cosby Show" star appealed to the court in early May to be released on parole but was denied because he wouldn't participate in "a treatment program for sex offenders and violence prevention," per USA Today. The publication noted on May 27 that Cosby would "not be released from prison anytime soon." The news of his release comes just over one month after the report.

According to Fox 43, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reviewed two challenges by Cosby's lawyers, which they filed in December 2020. The first issue Cosby and his team brought up "involved the judge's decision to let prosecutors call five other accusers" into his retrial. Per AP News, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court concluded that the that additional testimonies "tainted the trial." The other issue raised argued that Cosby had a prior agreement "with a former prosecutor that he'd never be charged."

It looks like this will be the end of the road for Cosby's sentence. Here's why. 

Bill Cosby's prison status is final

According to CNN anchor and correspondent Ana Cabrera, "the decision cannot appealed by the prosecution in the state of Pennsylvania." In other words, the decision to vacate Bill Cosby's sentence cannot be argued against or overturned.

Many Twitter users are utterly shocked by the news, but Greg Price, a social media associate at The Daily Caller (via LinkedIn), said people should look to Cosby's wealth as a factor in the case. "Bill Cosby, yet another member of the elite walking free because he could afford attorneys that could find technicalities in the system to overturn his conviction," he tweeted, clearly unhappy with the news. He also mentioned that the prosecutors in the case are to blame for the Pennsylvania Supreme's Court overturning of his charges. Matthew Chapman, a breaking news reporter for Raw Story, agreed. "This is why prosecutorial misconduct matters. Even when it occurs against repellant, obviously guilty predators like Bill Cosby," he said. "Prosecute people by the book, and criminals won't have to go free."

As of this writing, Billy Cosby's team and family have not publicly commented on the news. However, it's likely that his wife Camille Cosby is quite pleased. 

Camille Cosby was happy when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court revisited the case

While Camille Cosby has yet to publicly comment on the reversal of husband Bill Cosby's charges, it's likely that she is more than pleased.

In June 2020 — her first interview in six years — she told ABC News that she was "very, very pleased" with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to hear her husband's appeal at the time. "My first reaction is hopefulness, possibilities," she said. "The state's highest court ... has said, 'Wait a minute. There are some problems here. They can be considered for an appeal,'" she continued.  

At the time, the court decided to look into the complaint that "the trial judge erred in allowing Cosby's prior deposition about using Quaaludes during consensual sexual encounters with women in the 1970s at trial," per ABC. The second argument involved "a written agreement from previous Montgomery County prosecutor Bruce Castor not to criminally prosecute Cosby in the Constand case." Andrea Constand accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 2004 while she worked for Temple University, per The Guardian.

Considering Camille will get to see her husband outside of jail and integrate back into life with her, it's safe to assume that she is thrilled. So, what will life be like for Bill and Camille once they are reunited?

Will Camille Cosby bring Bill back into the spotlight?

According to Radar Online, Camille Cosby had been sequestered in the quiet town of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts as Bill Cosby served his prison sentence. The property is sprawling with an Olympic-sized outdoor pool, according to the website. Prior to his sentencing, the couple was living in a mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, as detailed by NBC News. There has been no talk on the sale of either house, although it was reported in 2018 by The Hollywood Reporter that Bill listed a Los Angeles property for $5.7 million. The outlet noted that he sold another California property for $11.8 million in 2015.

While there's no telling what Bill will want to do with his life upon his return, it's possible that he may take some guidance from his wife, who according to ABC News, is ready to be in the spotlight. Per ABC, Camille plans to use her voice to help African American people fight for systematic change in America.

"She has so much to say. She's been on the peoples' business — front, line and center — for decades," Jacqueline Jackson, wife of Rev. Jesse Jackson and friend of Camille, told ABC. "Her voice is very profound and very mature and extremely unique," she added. "When she speaks you ought to listen." Only time will tell if Camille brings her husband along in her fight for change.