We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

Pell defenders should look to Baden-Clay case before denying reality

2 2 2
06.03.2019

George Pell is guilty. Guilty of heinous crimes against two young boys. And suggestions by his merry band of blinkered supporters that he deserves the presumption of innocence until a Court of Appeal verdict is as doltish as it is erroneous.

Just consider the outcry each time a paedophile is released into a suburban area; it is always about his guilt, not the possibility that could be over turned later on appeal!

Cardinal George Pell after being found guilty of historic sexual offenses.Credit:Justin McManus

Imagine if an underworld figure is found guilty of multiple murders today; would the presumption of innocence extend until the verdict was tested by a higher court?

Of course not. In the same way GEORGE PELL IS GUILTY.

His supporters can cling to a slight hope that, maybe, down the track, that verdict will change, even over a technicality.

But it is rare indeed for judges to overturn a jury verdict, and that’s been lost........

© Brisbane Times