Bill Cosby has just been released from prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction.
As Mr Cosby spent two years in prison on the basis of an incorrect conviction, is he entitled to any compensation under Pennsylvania law, or alternatively, does he have any civil cause of action to gain compensation?
Pennsylvania does not offer compensation for wrongful convictions.
At common law, the right to compensation for wrongful convictions only extends to where the state pursued the case maliciously. This is a possibility given that the reason for the appeal court dismissal is that the prosecutor offered Cosby immunity in this matter for his testimony in a trial 15 years ago.
Law Stack Exchange is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for individualized advice from a qualified legal practitioner. Communications on Law Stack Exchange are not privileged communications and do not create an attorney-client relationship.