The article - which in my view is an excellent analysis of the current situation concerning Cardinal Pell's legal situation - is behind a paywall, but somebody has made it available to read at: this website.
Despite the slightly different title, it is the same article.
My position remains the same as it has been the whole time - I am not convinced George Pell is guilty, but more significantly, I do not believe he received a fair trial. It is difficult to convey to people outside Australia just how hated George Pell is among the left intelligentsia in this country - he has been their favourite bugbear for over two decades now. It would be difficult to see how he could receive a fair trial given the amount of vitriol and abuse that has been directed at him over the years, but the fact that the trials - there were two, because the first failed to reach a verdict, leading a retrial - were held in secret, and even, now the sole evidence given - the testimony of the alleged victim - is not allowed to be shown to the public.
George Pell is appealing to the High Court of Australia, which is his last chance to have this conviction overturned - it is by no means certain that they will even agree to hear the case.
The United States has the 2nd amendment for precisely the time when government becomes untrustworthy.
posted on 08/25/2019 5:03:42 AM PDT
Another nice part of the Bill of Rights in the United States: The right to a public trial. (Sixth Amendment).
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
posted on 08/25/2019 5:23:26 AM PDT
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It is difficult to convey to people outside Australia just how hated George Pell is among the left intelligentsia in this country.
He's also hated by many of his fellow priests and bishops for being an unapologetic, orthodox Catholic. And wasn't he the guy who insisted on some sort of audit or accounting of Church finances? Something like that. He's rubbed a lot of people the wrong way and they finally found a way to topple him.
posted on 08/25/2019 7:13:21 AM PDT
In the US there are areas (and even states) where a Catholic priest/Bishop/Cardinal can't,in a million years,get a fair trial on *any* charge...particularly molestation,etc.And that also applies to appeals courts in those areas/states.For example,not long ago the US Supreme Court overruled,on a 9-0 vote,a law regarding a basic Constitutional right,that had been upheld by the Massachusetts Supreme Court.
It seems to be the same in Australia.
In most Western countries today Catholic clergy are the new "niggaz".
posted on 08/25/2019 7:16:34 AM PDT
by Gay State Conservative
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posted on 08/25/2019 11:31:55 AM PDT
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