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Appeal dismissed: Pell stays in prison

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George Pell arrived in the back of a prison van at Victoria’s Court of Appeal this morning, where judges voted 2-1 to dismiss his appeal against a jury’s verdict that he is a pedophile.

Anne Ferguson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, made a public statement just after 9.30am today, to uphold the convictions against Australia’s most senior Catholic cardinal for sexually abusing two choirboys when he was Melbourne archbishop.

The full bench of the Court of Appeal has determined there was sufficient evidence to convict the cardinal of the sexual assault of two choirboys more than 20 years ago, and the jury’s verdict of guilty beyond reasonable doubt is sound.

Handcuffed, Pell who was once one of the most powerful men at the Vatican, will now spend more than three years in prison.


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14 COMMENTS

  1. I am quite shocked, in a way. Like many, I had a strong feeling that Pell would get off on appeal. The court system often appears to favour the rich and/or powerful. The best lawyers and various types of influence just could be factors, couldn’t they?
    However, in this case, by a 2 to 1 majority, the Appeals Court decided that the witness was totally reliable. I hope other victims are encouraged to come forward.

  2. Well the tax free pedophile haven known as the catholic business is justifiably losing it’s faithful by the millions worldwide. I wonder what Pells mates little Johnny Howard and Abbott will be saying next.

  3. Well lets us see the evidence. Out here in the public where we and many doubt the result as there has been very little evidence in the media, let the evidence be published,
    I think that will be fun.

  4. The original trial took 5 weeks, the appeal judges seem very thorough even testing the robes and finding them able to be adjusted to allow the acts. The Chief Judge was educated in a good Catholic girls school. It is hard to imagine a fairer judicial system.

  5. These results could go to the High Court because on the Appeal there was one judge against the other two, so we had a split decision, and when things are not cut and dried in absolute fact then this case could drag on. When Pell was once one of the most powerful men at the Vatican, just what will this do to the Vatican, so it is not over yet. The Vatican will fight.

  6. The evidence, as always has been’published ‘ in the appropriate courts
    The verdict(s) have been given and an appeal process is available.
    What is your problem, Len?

  7. The Supreme Court re invigorated my faith in democracy….at least for a while. This is the 3rd court hearing that victims , rather survivors HAVE HAD TO ENDURE. This unspeakably tragic situation has gone on for years(re court hearing/adjournments/challenges etc) which is cruel and terrifying for survivors, so much for a shred of compassion being offered by the Catholic Church. IF the Catholic Church had an once of decency they would not persist with unrelenting brutality & vengeance towards these victims, who have suffered so much already. Contemplate this, the church consistently attempted to discredit those testifying against Pell (and other priests) & didn’t give a damn about the consequences, even knowing some victims had already killed themselves. Has this prevented the church from going after victims or backing off ?? No it hasn’t & the tragedy continues, the church will not give up.SHAME on them.

    • Well Len,
      It’s not hard to predict the corruption in the vatican will fight tooth and nail ,any attemt to have these child rapists in their highest ranks bought to justice , Although six years ,or three “with good behaviour ”
      falls very short of what these monsters deserve, athough I’m not surprised you don’t understand the facts.
      G”)

    • Len: You posted at 6:49 am: “It is going to the High Court. I was spot on. I know my stuff.”

      Are you prescient?

      Not one of the many national and international sources I’ve read up till noon has made that claim. All that’s been said so far is that Pell’s legal team will thoroughly examine the appellate judges’ decision for something to take to a High Court challenge – though there’s no guarantee the HC will give permission for such an appeal. That’s not the same as what you claim. What was your early-morning source? (sauce?)

      I’m sure it will be the leading headline when/if it does happen, and we shan’t need to avail ourselves of your prescient sagacity in the matter.

  8. why is this news , the catholic cult has been doing rape pillage and plunder for centuries !! same as the money lenders !! ‘ Banks” every body knows , how much gold does the Vatican have ?? lol and the Irish coppers have always go alone for the ride . time to end this cult for good !!! to big to fail ??? hahaa

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