After the High Court met a few weeks back, they have today acquitted the former Catholic Archbishop, George Pell, of all sexual and child abuse charges.
It’s a historic ruling, with the High Court overturning a unanimous jury verdict originally in Victoria.
BREAKING: High Court allows George Pell appeal. Convictions quashed. @9NewsQueensland
— Tessa Hardy (@TessaHardy9) April 7, 2020
George Pell walks free from prison today just in case you are wondering if 2020 could, in fact, get any more repulsive
— Amy Coopes (@coopesdetat) April 7, 2020
Appeal is allowed.
A unanimous decision.
I think everyone’s stomach is absolutely churning #georgepell 😡
— Melissa Hoyer (@melissahoyer) April 7, 2020
Pell was originally charged on December 11th, 2018 when he was Archbishop of Melbourne. The charge was for one count of sexual penetration of a child under 16 years, and four charges of committing an act of indecency with or in the presence of a child under the age of 16.
It’s pretty rare for the High Court to overturn a jury verdict these days, but wow, this one feels like a bit of a gut punch for the victims. Especially as the appeal was unanimously allowed by the bench who heard this case.
I mean on one hand, you look at this and think – well, he went through a legal process and was acquitted. Yet the amount of evidence, the fact it went through so many hearings to get to this stage, surely amounts for something?
You can read the full official statement by the High Court below.
Here’s the summary of the High Court’s decision in the George Pell case.
The Court has just quashed his convictions, and he’ll walk free from jail. pic.twitter.com/VlyP6iKIPW
— Matthew Doran (@MattDoran91) April 7, 2020
An Irrational Jury
The former Vatican regular spent just over a year in prison after his initial charge at the end of 2018. And what I find super odd about this ruling, is that the High Court have basically said that the jury in Victoria were not ‘rational’ in their verdict.
Obviously there was a process, the legal system went through it’s processes – yet they were irrational in their conviction? Is this some type of joke?
— Mad Fucking Witches (@MadFckingWitch) April 7, 2020
George Pell is a child abuser, a sexual predator and a life ruiner. Apart from the children he personally harmed, he oversaw the harm of countless others. If there’s a hell, he can rot in it. I don’t care what the High Court and his high profile pedo defending friends say.
— Clementine Ford 🧟♀️ (@clementine_ford) April 7, 2020
Obviously things are pretty tense at the moment, with an outpouring of emotion – on both sides – of this verdict. We’ll be updating this article throughout the day with continued news as it breaks.
This is a developing story and it will be updated as relevant news comes out. More to come.
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