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 George Pell: six more days of prayer

16.08.19.  The absolute final outcome for George Pell could be far off but it could also be decided in six days at his next court appearance. Regardless of your opinion of Pell it remains sad that a man who became the third most powerful person in the Catholic Church is pictured in manacles—was he going to take off—rules are rules I suppose?
The George Pell Court of Appeal decision will be the most significant day for the Australian church in its troubled modern history. For months Pell has been held in his own legal purgatory in Melbourne Assessment Prison, a horrible halfway house for prisoners as corrections officers determine where to send them. It is unusual for Pell to have been kept at the MAP for months, with the normal stays measured in days.

Source: News Corp

End looms for Pell’s legal purgatory

But Pell, whatever anyone in authority says, is a special case.
There are three broad options for the judges next Wednesday morning.
First, his convictions are struck out and Pell walks, pending any High Court action.
Second, the court upholds the jury decision and Pell goes on to serve the remainder of his minimum three years and eight months, probably in a rural prison for sex offenders.
Third, the judges order a retrial.
For the sanity of all those involved — victims, Pell, the church — the best outcome would be a decisive result.
Even a retrial would add to a sense of legal chaos, making it the third jury Pell would have faced.
As The Australian has stated repeatedly, the victim in this case has told a compelling story about what happened in the cathedral.
Pell, 78, will never recover from the fact a jury convicted him of multiple sex offences. His career is materially ruined.
But there remain significant and valid questions about whether he should have been convicted of the cathedral charges. Certainly the first tranche that occurred around Christmas in 1996.
Whether it was probable the first set of cathedral offences could have occurred within the timeframe, with the sacristy door open, with the myriad people in St Patrick’s and in the context of the expert evidence to the trial.
It is this capacity for doubt that has fuelled the cautious optimism of his supporters.
But that cautious optimism is tempered by the fact every other church prediction about the police’s cathedral case has been wrong.
This is why no-one is overly confident that Pell will walk free shortly after 9.30am on Wednesday.

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  • Muphin 16/08/2019, 4:58 am

    As a devout bush Baptist (atheist) I am of the opinion that Pell has been railroaded by the anti Catholic, get Pell brigade. From what I have seen and heard the only IMPARTIAL participant in his trial was the judge.

    • DT 16/08/2019, 9:10 am

      Think back to the Royal Commission established by Prime Minister Gillard.

      And what the real objectives were, socialism.

  • Thunder 16/08/2019, 5:59 am

    RAILROADED by the Anti Every thing Brigade………..

    The Meeja………The HATE Meeja that just keeps on giving………

  • luk1955 16/08/2019, 6:50 am

    Meanwhile a moozie on trial threatens to blow up the court if he is convicted, and the magistrate lets him walk free. Shows you how much the courts love moozies, how the courts support them in their importation by our politicians so the pollies can control us with iron fists.

  • Penguinite 16/08/2019, 7:18 am

    Even if he is judged to be not guilty Pell will never be free of these false charges.

    • Deano 16/08/2019, 7:50 am

      They decided he was guilty before he set foot inside a court room. An overturned conviction won’t change anything.

  • Pensioner Pete 16/08/2019, 8:02 am

    I will be amazed if Pell wins the appeal, the ‘system’ is so in lockstep with the Moslems (anti-white anti-Christian), the system simply cannot let Pell free, otherwise the ‘system’ will be shown yet again, how biased and corrupt it is.

    • ibbit 16/08/2019, 9:06 am

      I sincerely hope you are wrong. The very fact that an absolute minority – well under 5% of
      the population could possibly hold such sway is a condemnation of all “OLD” Australia has seen sidelined and abused by “NEW” Australia.

  • Aktosplatz 16/08/2019, 8:33 am

    I hope he gets off. I have severe doubts about this case from what I have read so far. If he does get off he should leave for Rome immediately and never come back.

  • DT 16/08/2019, 9:12 am

    I still cannot understand how a deceased witness’ evidence could be presented to a court of law, evidence apparently not given to the police by that witness and when his mother said that he had told her that he had never been molested.

  • Finn 16/08/2019, 9:35 am

    Slightly different view while agreeing with all above. I have seen no reason why Pell did not give evidence. I am staggered.

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 16/08/2019, 10:17 am

      Think most ordinary people are Finn for they spent years trying to “get” him and they did. No matter what, his life is ruined. Our local parish priest is on trial for supposedly interfering with an altar boy just on fifty years ago and everyone is aghast for this old bloke of 82 worked tirelessly for all denominations in the parish all his life and never put a foot wrong. I don’t know if he is guilty, none of us do, but he too has been hounded by the media and no matter what the court says the jury will be biased one way or the other for it has been on TV and in the paper. By the way, no one remembers the plaintiff.

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