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AustraliaDisgraced Cardinal George Pell 'hires $25,000-a-day celebrity barrister' as he prepares to appeal child sex abuse convictions

16:51  14 march  2019
16:51  14 march  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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George Pell: What happens to the disgraced cardinal now Cardinal George Pell will spend a minimum of three years and eight months in jail for child sexual abuse. He was jailed for a maximum of six years for sexually abusing two teenage choirboys at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral in the 1990s. Pell sat emotionless and unflinching as the sentence was handed out. © AAP Corrections Victoria now need to decide which prison will house Cardinal Pell for the duration of his sentence. Normal procedure will now see Pell transferred back to the Melbourne Assessment Prison in West Melbourne, where the former Vatican treasurer has spent the last two weeks awaiting sentence.

Cardinal George Pell , Pope Francis’ top financial adviser and the Vatican’s economy minister, bowed his The conviction capped a year that had been so dominated by revelations of high-ranking sex abuse In October, Francis finally cut Pell loose, removing him as a member of his informal cabinet.

with children until after the Vatican's No.3 completes his appeal against child abuse conviction Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sex assault and rape against two choir boys He is on leave from his position in the Vatican and will appeal the convictions The Pope has ordered Cardinal George Pell to stay away from children after the Catholic

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell has hired a new celebrity barrister in a bid to appeal his sentence, which he claims the judge and jury got wrong.

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell 'hires $25,000-a-day celebrity barrister' as he prepares to appeal child sex abuse convictions© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Disgraced Cardinal George Pell (pictured) has hired a new celebrity barrister in a bid to appeal his sentence, which he claims the judge and jury got wrong

Top lawyer Bret Walker SC has reportedly been hired for about $25,000 a day to argue for the cardinal's freedom, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Walker, who is thought to charge as much as $25,000 a day, has represented high profile clients as Barnaby Joyce and billionaire Gina Rinehart's children.

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Cardinal George Pell has hired top criminal barrister Robert Richter, QC, to help defend him on charges of historical Bill Cosby thinks prison is an 'amazing experience' as his spokesman says the disgraced comedian works Cardinal George Pell has hired top criminal barrister Robert Richter.

Jailed: Cardinal George Pell (pictured in a court sketch in front of a guard on Wednesday) has been jailed for six years for sexually abusing two teenage The judge also took into account Pell 's ailing health as he suffers from high blood pressure and congestive heart failure which requires him to have

Pell, the highest ranking catholic official to be convicted of child sex abuse, was on Wednesday sentenced to up to six years' jail by the Victorian County Court.

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell 'hires $25,000-a-day celebrity barrister' as he prepares to appeal child sex abuse convictions© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cardinal Pell was described by Chief Judge Paul Kidd as 'breathtakingly arrogant'

His crime - the rape and molestation of a 13-year-old boy, and abuse of another - was described by Chief Judge Paul Kidd as 'breathtakingly arrogant'.

Judge Kidd acknowledged Pell may die in jail and, if he ever walks free, will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.

After his conviction was announced earlier this year, Pell's then barrister, Robert Richter QC, quickly sought to appeal the jury verdict in a higher court.

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Child abuser Cardinal George Pell likely to spend the next four years in isolation to keep him away In the days of his trial, Pell had been shouted at and abused day in and out as he attended court. But the cheers might need to be saved until June, when Pell returns to court to appeal his conviction

Pell , the world's highest Catholic official to be convicted of child sex abuse , was found guilty in December of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and molesting another at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne after a Sunday mass.

The appeal is based on three grounds, documents released by the court said, and legal sources have said Pell has a 'reasonable' chance of convincing appeal judges.

Pell's first ground of appeal is that the jury verdict was 'unreasonable'.

Pell's lawyers argued the body of evidence did not leave it open to the jury to be satisfied of 'his guilt beyond reasonable doubt'.

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell 'hires $25,000-a-day celebrity barrister' as he prepares to appeal child sex abuse convictions© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pell's defence barrister Robert Richter QC has described the guilty verdict as 'perverse'. He will remain part of his legal team during the appeal

PELL A SEX OFFENDER

George Pell on Wednesday signed documents making Australia's highest ever ranking Catholic official a registered sex offender for life.

That will have serious consequences if his conviction is upheld and the 77-year-old walks free from prison at the end of his sentence.

The Turnbull government last year implemented a law which cancels the passports of paedophiles to prevent child sex tourism.

World will be watching as Pell sentenced for child sexual abuse

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'What a joke': Lisa Wilkinson leads a host of celebrities slamming the 'ridiculous' six-year sentence Disgusted onlookers criticised Cardinal Pell 's sentence, saying it was too lenient Pell has maintained his innocence and plans to appeal his conviction The judge also took into account Pell 's ailing health as he suffers from high blood pressure and

Cardinal George Pell leaves the County Court in Melbourne on Thursday after it was finally made public George Pell has always towered over his contemporaries and for more than six decades until he 'The Policemen's Chorus, headed by George Pell , created a diversion that appealed to all,' the

Senator Derryn Hinch said Pell, who used to live in Rome, will no longer be able to travel to the Vatican, Rome, or anywhere else outside Australia.

Hinch was a leading proponent of the law change.

Pell will also be bound by Victorian laws surrounding registered sex offenders.

He would have to report contact with children, membership of any groups, residential and frequented addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, internet usernames, motor vehicles, travel and employment details to police each year.

If Pell failed to report any of those details, he could be charged with an offence.

One of the two boys Pell abused died of an accidental heroin overdose years before the case went to trial.

The other boy's evidence was critical to the prosecution case and accepted by the County Court jury.

The second appeal ground is that the judge made an error when he prevented Pell's legal team from using a 'Pac-Man' style animation of people moving around the Cathedral during the trial.

The defence had planned to use the video, which showed people as coloured dots moving around the cathedral, to demonstrate their argument that it was 'impossible' for Pell to have committed the crimes.

Robert Richter quits George Pell's team, saying the guilty verdict was 'perverse'

Robert Richter quits George Pell's team, saying the guilty verdict was 'perverse' George Pell's lawyer has quit the churchman's legal team, saying he was "too angry" and "too emotional" to continue, and that Pell was "an innocent man".

Cardinal George Pell , Australia's highest ranking Catholic, will face at least three serious child sex assault charges, including at least one count of rape. "The process and procedures that are being followed in the charging of Cardinal Pell have been the same that have been applied in a whole

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The third appeal ground is that there was a 'fundamental irregularity' in the trial.

The defence claimed Pell was not 'arraigned' in front of a jury. The arraignment is the part of the trial where an accused person enters their plea.

Even though Pell is going to be represented on appeal by a new barrister Mr Richter is expected to remain on his legal team.

Legal sources said it is common for different lawyers to present the appeal case as it 'allows the barrister to dismiss the other lawyer's failings at trial'.

Mr Richter has bluntly described the jury verdict as 'perverse'.

Meanwhile, Pell's victim is holding his breath for the appeal.

'It is hard for me to allow myself to feel the gravity of this moment,' he said in a statement today.

'I appreciate that the court has acknowledged what was inflicted upon me as a child. However, there is no rest for me.

'Everything is overshadowed by the forthcoming appeal.'

Two days have been set aside for the appeal so far, June 5 and June 6.

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell 'hires $25,000-a-day celebrity barrister' as he prepares to appeal child sex abuse convictions© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The defence claimed Judge Paul Kidd made an error when he banned them from playing a 'Pac Man' animation depicting people moving around the Cathedral (pictured) at trial

WHY GEORGE PELL'S APPEAL HAS A 'REASONABLY GOOD' CHANCE

A top legal source recently told Daily Mail Australia that George Pell has a 'reasonably good' case on appeal.

Choirboy welcomes sentence, says Pell's appeal still hangs over him

Choirboy welcomes sentence, says Pell's appeal still hangs over him Man who as a young choirboy was sexually abused by George Pell says he finds it hard to take any comfort from the cardinal's six-year jail sentence. As the former archbishop was driven away from court in handcuffs, the victim, referred to in Chief Judge Peter Kidd's sentencing remarks as "J", said Pell's appeal against his conviction, due to be heard in June, is hanging over his head. © Jason South Vivian Waller, the lawyer representing one of Pell’s victims, speaks to the media outside court. "Everything is overshadowed by the forthcoming appeal,"  J said on Wednesday.

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The experienced barrister, who did not want to be named critiquing a court case, argued there were apparent flaws in the prosecution's case.

'There does seem to be some real difficulties with the prosecution case,' he said.

The defence argued during the trial that Pell could not have been alone in the sacristy when he orally raped a boy and molested another.

The defence argued Pell would have been accompanied by other church officials at the time.

But the jury accepted prosecutors' evidence they would have been tending to other duties at the time, and were not always with Pell at the sacristy.

'The evidence seemed to demonstrate a genuine unlikelihood there was an opportunity to commit the offence,' the legal source argued.

'That goes to the question of evidence of whether it didn't happen.'

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