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Hattip to commenter Greg Mockeridge.  Cardinal Pell is a free man!

Cardinal George Pell has won his High Court appeal with his conviction overturned and is expected to be released from Barwon Prison near Geelong in Victoria shortly.

The High Court’s Chief Justice Susan Kiefel handed down the full bench’s ruling to an almost empty High Court registry in Brisbane where she resides at 10am on Tuesday.

“The High Court found that the jury, acting rationally on the whole of the evidence, ought to have entertained a doubt as to the applicant’s guilt with respect to each of the offences for which he was convicted, and ordered that the convictions be quashed and that verdicts of acquittal be entered in their place,” the court ruled.

Go here to read the rest.  Justice prevailed and bigotry failed.

Go here to read the decision.  Money quote:

For the reasons to be given, it is evident that there is “a significant possibility that an innocent person has been convicted because the evidence did not establish guilt to the requisite standard of proof”.

The original decision was the product of bigotry and hysteria rather than law.  A great injustice has been addressed, although it does not give Cardinal Pell back his reputation or the 400 days he was unjustly imprisoned, most of it in solitary confinement.

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13 Comments

  1. What’s amazing, and indicative of the public atmosphere in Victoria, is that the accusation itself is outlandish, they had just one accuser as a witness (who waited 18 years to make a complaint) and they no corroboration. They ran that up the flagpole and the jury saluted it, as did two of the three intermediate appellate judges.

  2. Suddenly, an angel from the Lord stood near Peter, and his cell was filled with light. The angel nudged Peter’s side, woke him up, and said, “Hurry! Get up!” At that moment the chains fell from Peter’s hands.

    “The angel told him, “Put your shoes on, and get ready to go!” Peter did this. Then the angel told him, “Put your coat on, and follow me.”

    Once again, a man of God has escaped from the hands of Herod! .

  3. Sometimes, one can tell great men, not so much by what they did, but by what they didn’t do, and how they handled the suffering involved with false accusations. Many a good priest has been swept up in this opportunistic eagerness to taint the faith–one way or another.

  4. I never doubted Cardinal Pell’s innocence. While serving more than a year in a jail cell for a crime he did not commit is a grave injustice, at least he got out of Italy. If I were +Pell, I would be making a trip to Rome when this virus stuff blows over and I’d kick the door down to Bergoglio’s apartment. What I would say there is not something I would write here.

    This is not the only good news. While the lamestream media continues to ignore the success of chloroquine in the treatment of the virus, the University of Pittsburgh announced a possible vaccine for the virus. While dimwit governors like the fools in Nevada and Michigan…and even Cuomo have sought to limit or ban the use of chloroquine in treatment, the success storis continue to emerge. As for the virus vaccine, everyone here should not wonder why you did not hear about it. Go here to read more.https://spectator.org/university-of-pittsburgh-announces-possible-covid-19-vaccine/

  5. That was a thorough repudiation–and the unanimity is striking.
    The stated reasoning makes sense. But I can’t help but think the Australian high court was firing a silent thunderbolt at the prosecutorial and judicial system of Victoria: no more hysterics.

  6. In EWTN Mass of 4/8 the reading was Isaiah 50: 4-9, our Fifth Amendment to be faced by one’s accuser. The whole of our Constitution is found in Isaiah and in Jeremiah.
    Mob rule in Australia. What has been done to George Pell is despicable.

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