• Cardinal George Pell was released from prison on March 7, 2020 after the High Court quashed his five convictions for child sexual abuse.
The High Court of Australia has reserved its decision on whether it will overturn the convictions of Cardinal George Pell for child abuse.
The decision could take more than three months after the full bench of seven High Court justices heard two days of dense legal argument on Wednesday and Thursday.
The first boy gave evidence against Pell and the second died in 2014.
Pell maintained his innocence through two trials – the first ending in a hung jury – and last year’s Victorian Court of Appeal hearing, which upheld the verdict in a 2-1 ruling.
Pell, who is one year into a six-year jail term handed down last year, is yet to be formally granted appeal by the High Court.
The court instead referred it “for argument”.
AAP court reporter Karen Sweeney tweeted that the justices had asked for more written submissions to be filed in two working days, but that their decision on whether to grant Pell’s special leave application “could be next week, could be months”.
The High Court is done with arguments in George Pell’s appeal bid. They’ve asked for more written submissions to be filed in two working days and have reserved their decision on whether to grant Pell’s special leave application. Could be next week, could be months.
— Karen Sweeney (@karenlsweeney) March 12, 2020
(More to come)