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Cardinal Pell's convictions 'quashed' in shock appeal

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Cardinal George Pell will walk free from jail after all convictions were today quashed by the High Court of Australia in a shock judgement. The court released a statement explaining the decision whic…More
Cardinal George Pell will walk free from jail after all convictions were today quashed by the High Court of Australia in a shock judgement.

The court released a statement explaining the decision which renders Pell's earlier convictions of sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s null and void.

"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 wrote.

"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."
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