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George Pell Wiki: George Pell born 8 June 1941, is an Australian prelate of the Catholic Church and convicted sex offender. George Pell became the inaugural Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in 2014. He previously served as the eighth Archbishop of Sydney (2001–2014), the seventh Archbishop of Melbourne (1996–2001), and Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne (1987–1996). George Pell has created a cardinal in 2003. Ordained in 1966, he has also been an author, columnist, public speaker, and sportsman, having been signed by the Richmond Football Club, an Australian rules football team, in 1959. Since becoming Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996, he has maintained a high public profile on a wide range of issues, while retaining a strict adherence to Catholic orthodoxy.
George Pell Wiki Criminal charges and conviction
On 29 June 2017, Victoria Police charged George Pell with sexual assault offences with several counts and several victims. At a press conference, George Pell stated that he would return to Australia and that “I’m looking forward, finally, to having my day in court” and “I’m innocent of those charges. They are false”. On 26 July 2017, whilst not required to attend in person, he appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for a filing hearing represented by barrister Robert Richter and, although not required at this stage of the court committal process, George Pell entered a plea of not guilty. An application by the media seeking the public disclosure of the details of the charges was refused by the magistrate.
At a procedural hearing on 22 November 2017, George Pell‘s lawyers requested documents from ABC News journalist Louise Milligan and Melbourne University Press relating to a book named Cardinal: the Rise and Fall of George Pell which was published in early 2017.
In January 2018, a man who had accused George Pell of sexual abuse died after a long illness. Former chief Victorian magistrate Nicholas Papas said that the man’s death would affect the structure of Pell’s court case, and stated that in a case of historical sexual abuse it can “seriously affect the case” due to a lack of witnesses. That charge was withdrawn on Friday before the committal hearing was due to begin. George Pell‘s lawyers requested and were denied the personal medical information of the complainants. George Pell‘s defence was reported to be based on questioning the timing of allegations. Some other charges were dropped after a complainant was ruled medically unfit to give evidence.
The committal hearing to determine whether there was enough evidence to commit him to stand trial, commenced on 5 March 2018. The committal hearing allowed for approximately fifty witnesses to give evidence, including former choirboys The magistrate allowed George Pell‘s barrister to cross-examine all but five witnesses. As a result, the hearing was scheduled to allow for four weeks of testimony and cross-examination. George Pell‘s barrister said the matter would go to trial and that some of the allegations, those involving St Patrick’s Cathedral, were impossible.
On 1 May 2018, George Pell was committed to stand trial on several historical sexual offence charges. Magistrate Belinda Wallington concluded that there was enough evidence for the case to proceed on about half of the charges. Allegations that Pell committed sexual assault in a Ballarat cinema during the screening of a film was among the charges dismissed. George Pell entered pleas of not guilty to the remaining charges. As a bail condition, George Pell surrendered his Vatican passport and is not permitted to leave Australia.
On 2 May 2018, George Pell appeared in the County Court of Victoria for directions hearing before Judge Sue Pullen and it was agreed that he would undergo two separate trials with two separate juries and that the charges would be heard separately for each trial. The two trials are for allegations in a Ballarat swimming pool in the 1970s for the first trial and the second allegations from St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s. The Catholic Weekly, a publication of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, is running advertising seeking donations for George Pells legal fund and has written an article promoting the appeal for funding. It is unknown who is responsible for the advertising or the donation drive. Prosecutors have sought a media ban on reporting of proceedings until the beginning of a final trial, including suppression of reporting an initial trial and no further reporting on earlier trials until completion of the final one.
In December 2018, Pell was convicted of the sexual abuse of two boys in the 1990s, after a jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict. George Pell is due to be sentenced in February 2019 Following the conviction George Pell was removed from the Pope’s Council of Cardinal Advisers.
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