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Melbourne, Australia, Aug 20, 2019 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinal George Pell is set to receive a decision in the appeal of his conviction for criminal sexual abuse of minors.
CNA will livestream the decision here at 7:30pm ET on Tuesday, Aug. 20. We will also liveblog the proceedings on this page. Follow here for minute-by-minute updates from our team, including reporters in the courtroom.
Pell - Acts - Abuse - Choristers - Archbishop
Pell was convicted in 2018 for acts of sexual abuse committed against two choristers, while he was Archbishop of Melbourne.
Following his convicted in the County Court of Victoria, Pell was sentenced in March to six years in prison, of which he must serve at least three years and eight months. Pell has remained in prison since that time.
Cardinal - Case - Grounds
The cardinal has appealed his case on three grounds.
This first ground of appeal is that the unanimous decision of the jury could not have risen to the level of “beyond reasonable doubt” because of the unchallenged exculpatory evidence of 20 witnesses during the trial.
Ground - Decision - Trial - Judge - Peter
The second ground concerns the decision of the trial judge, Peter Kidd, to exclude a video presentation by defense lawyers which would, they maintain, have illustrated to the jury the implausibility of the victim’s narrative.
The third ground is a procedural appeal concerning Pell’s arraignment, which was not...
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