The High Court of Australia has ruled in favor of Cardinal George Pell in his appeal of a lower-court conviction of child abuse. According to local news sources, the Cardinal would be released from jail in a matter of hours.
“Today, the High Court granted special leave to appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria and unanimously allowed the appeal.,” the court said. “The High Court found that the jury, acting rationally on the whole of the evidence, ought to have entertained a doubt as to the applicant’s guilt with respect to each of the offences for which he was convicted, and ordered that the convictions be quashed and that verdicts of acquittal be entered in their place.”
Two justices of the Australian High Court announced on November 13, 2019, that they were referring Cardinal Pell’s request for appeal to the seven members of the High Court, reported. The members of the High Court accepted Pell’s request to appeal an earlier conviction for the sexual assault of two under-aged boys, which allegedly took place in the sacristy of Melbourne’s Cathedral in 1996 when he was the local Archbishop.