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BREAKING: George Pell Acquitted Of All Charges, Set To Walk Free Today

Shocking.

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.

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.

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?

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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