CNN legal analyst Elie Honig noted Wednesday that prosecutors face an uphill battle if they seek to try Bill Cosby for sexual assault of other victims because those cases could be barred by statute of limitations.
"The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that prosecutors cannot re-try Cosby for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand. Prosecutors therefore can seek to try Cosby only for sexual assault of other victims, and many or all of those cases could be barred by the statute of limitations at this point," he said.
Honig went on to say that if prosecutors decide to appeal the case, it will have to go to the US Supreme Court.
"The only possible appeal from this ruling is with the United States Supreme Court; it is not clear whether Pennsylvania prosecutors will seek to appeal, and even if they do, it is highly unlikely the U.S. Supreme Court will take the case," he said.
Cosby has denied all allegations made against him as being false.
Correction: An earlier version of this post said that the Supreme Court indicated that prosecutors went too far to call up to five other alleged victims to establish a pattern against Cosby. The majority opinion says in a footnote that they didn't consider that issue. The headline and quotes have been updated to clarify what legal options remain for prosecutors in Pennsylvania when it comes to Cosby.