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Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction has been overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The judge ordered that the 83-year-old be released from prison immediately.

This comes after the judge found that a non-prosecution deal he had struck with a previous district attorney should have shielded him from charges.

The former The Cosby Show actor had already served more than two years of his three-to-10-year sentence after his conviction in 2018.

He was found guilty of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee, in his home in 2004 after drugging her with unidentified pills, reports News24.

When state prosecutor, Bruce Castor, struck a deal with Cosby back in 2005, Cosby was forced to testify as part of a civil lawsuit that Constand brought against him. Since Cosby was faced with criminal prosecution, he couldn't refuse to testify. A technicality led to the latest developments and Cosby being set free.

In his verdict, Justice David Wecht said that "there is only one remedy that can completely restore Cosby to the status quo ante. He must be discharged, and any future prosecution on these particular charges must be barred".

Watch the 11Alive video below for more on how Bill Cosby was released on a technicality.

Image credit: Philadelphia Inquirer

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