Why Pell’s Conviction Was Always Unsound – The Cardinal’s a Criminal Alright, But He’s an Accessory to Rape, Not a Rapist – If There is Any Difference

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The evidence once again falls well short of establishing impossibility.

The problem is that a human being can’t be denied their liberty, taken by force and imprisoned merely because it was not impossible that they committed a heinous crime.

It must be found beyond any reasonable doubt that they DID commit the crime.

In the case of Pell, given the manifold of swirling doubts, this is impossible.

He is – under our laws, at least – an innocent man wrongly tried, convicted and jailed.

The damages bill is going to be astronomical.

It won’t save his reputation once the Royal Commission findings are published.

But by then, it will be all too late.

It always was for the little children who suffered.

It always is.

 

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