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Hope about Cardinal Pell's appeal. Via Twitter User Krystal Wasser, MA, STLMore
Hope about Cardinal Pell's appeal.

Via Twitter User Krystal Wasser, MA, STL
GTVisrockin
Many in the legal field know that this was nothing but a pure evil setup!
Lion IRC
The courts, in general, will have to think very carefully about how a conviction and sentence in astonishing circumstances like this might jeopardize the reputation and overall respectability of "The Legal System".

If they allow into their courts the slowly creeping advance of questionable verdicts - which ostensibly arise from;
a) The zeitgeist belief that certain classes of accuser always tell…More
The courts, in general, will have to think very carefully about how a conviction and sentence in astonishing circumstances like this might jeopardize the reputation and overall respectability of "The Legal System".

If they allow into their courts the slowly creeping advance of questionable verdicts - which ostensibly arise from;
a) The zeitgeist belief that certain classes of accuser always tell the truth and therefore their testimony needs no corroboration.
b) The zeitgeist belief that certain classes of people are probably, you know... (nudge, nudge, wink, wink,) audacious arrogant pedophiles whose clerical authority provides them an army of supporters willing to provide false alibis,

..then those same courts risk having many of their other verdicts questioned (by non-Catholics) in the case of defendants who aren't Catholic Clergy.

In other words, if an activist judge (and the jury being lead by that judge) are perceived to be willing to selectively weaponise their legal powers occasionally and go after a high profile scapegoat with the pitchfork mob cheering them on, it won't be long before the constituents of that jurisdiction start to wonder what other factors might motivate a judge to misuse the power of the court.
GTVisrockin
Spot on!
Lion IRC
They accepted the testimony of the accuser as infallible. (Even under hypnosis, witnesses have been known to "remember" things that didn't happen.)
If courts start giving 'hall passes' to certain type of accuser, they erode the integrity of every verdict they reach - not just the verdicts involving high ranking Catholics.
HerzMariae
Thanks for your corrections. I meant there is some hope (not little) for the appeal.
Holy Cannoli
A quote from Prosecutor James Bowen's article printed above:
I find the evidence purporting to substantiate the charges against Cardinal Pell so improbable that I do not believe that I could have signed a presentment containing the charges. I find it impossible to understand from the reported evidence how a jury could have been satisfied of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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A quote from Prosecutor James Bowen's article printed above:
I find the evidence purporting to substantiate the charges against Cardinal Pell so improbable that I do not believe that I could have signed a presentment containing the charges. I find it impossible to understand from the reported evidence how a jury could have been satisfied of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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In essence, James Bowen, a former Australian Prosecutor, states that he would NOT have initiated prosecution against Cardinal Pell. The reason is that Bowen finds the reported evidence does not suggest any criminality. Furthermore, Bowen suggests "the very real prospect" that the conviction will be overturned on appeal.
CatMuse
"A little hope"?
I think it was a disgusting miscarriage of justice. If the Australian justice system is to remain standing they need to rectify this error.
Jungerheld
Don't you mean hope that his conviction will be overturned?