High Court sets date for George Pell decision

By Naomi Neilson|02 April 2020
George Pell

The High Court of Australia will hand down its decision on whether Cardinal George Pell’s final bid for freedom has been successful.

Early last month, Cardinal Pell’s legal team argued before the High Court for special leave to appeal his historic sexual abuse charges for the second time. The cardinal is expected to learn if he was successful at 10am next Tuesday, 7 April.

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His legal team – consisting of Bret Walker SC and Ruth Shann – argued Victoria’s Court of Appeal majority made an error in refusing the previous appeal bid last year and there was not enough evidence for a jury to convict him of the sexual abuse of two choirboys.

Cardinal Pell was convicted by a jury in 2018. He is one year into his six-year sentence.

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