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Australia High Court to decide on Pell appeal bid

04:15  11 november  2019
04:15  11 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The High Court will receive written submissions from Pell 's legal team, and from the state. It could decide to accept or reject the case based on those documents alone. Justice Weinberg cited the Chamberlain High Court appeal in his dissenting judgment on Pell .

The three-judge court of appeal dismissed Pell ’s first grounds for appeal – that the jury acted unreasonably in finding him guilty – by a margin of two to As the Cardinal may yet decide to appeal the judgment to the High Court of Australia, I am limited in my ability to comment on today’s outcome.

The High Court of Australia will announce this week whether it will hear an appeal by disgraced cardinal George Pell over his child sexual abuse conviction.© AAP Images The High Court of Australia will announce this week whether it will hear an appeal by disgraced cardinal George Pell over his child sexual abuse conviction.

A decision on whether disgraced cardinal George Pell can appeal his child sexual abuse conviction in the High Court will be made this week.

The court will announce its decision at 9.30am on Wednesday in Canberra.

Pell, 78, was found guilty by a jury of the rape of a 13-year-old choirboy and sexual assault of another at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996 but Australia's most senior Catholic has always denied any wrongdoing.

If the leave is granted, the jailed cardinal's lawyers will need to lodge a formal appeal.

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The Court of Appeal dismissed Pell 's appeal against his convictions for the oral rape of a choirboy and the sexual assault of another at St Patrick's Cathedral when he was Archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s. A majority decision handed down by Chief Justice Anne Ferguson and Court of Appeal

Why George Pell has lodged a High Court appeal . Cardinal George Pell has launched a final bid to overturn his historical child sex convictions on a simple proposition: is believing a victim enough?

The Victorian Court of Appeal in August upheld a jury verdict convicting Pell in a 2-1 ruling.

In a 12-page application for special leave to the High Court, Pell's lawyers argue Chief Justice Anne Ferguson and Court of Appeal president Chris Maxwell made two errors in dismissing the earlier appeal.

Bret Walker SC and Ruth Shann say a mistake occurred because Pell was required to prove the offending was impossible, rather than leaving that onus to prosecutors.

Secondly, they argue the judges erred in not finding the jury's verdicts unreasonable, claiming there was reasonable doubt about whether opportunity existed for the crimes to have occurred.

They also claim that changes in law over the decades since the crimes were said to have occurred make it more difficult to test sex assault allegations.

They argue Pell should be acquitted of all charges for a number of reasons including inconsistencies in the complainant's version of events.

But prosecutors argue there is no basis for the appeal, and the Victorian courts did not make an error.

In their submission to the High Court, prosecutors wrote Pell's legal team were asking the court to apply established principles to the facts of the case, which were already carefully and thoroughly explored by the majority of the Court of Appeal.

Pell is serving a six-year jail term and won't be eligible for parole until he has served three years and eight months of his sentence.

Vatican 'acknowledges' decision to accept George Pell appeal request .
The Vatican has noted George Pell's claim to innocence ahead of a High Court bid to overturn the cardinal's child sexual abuse convictions. The Holy See released a brief statement overnight Australian time."While reiterating its trust in the Australian justice system, the Holy See acknowledges the decision of Australia's High Court to accept Cardinal George Pell's request of appeal," it said. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

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