Australian High Court acquits Cardinal Pell of child sex offenses

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CANBERRA, Australia -- Cardinal George Pell, who is serving a six-year jail sentence for child sex abuse, has been successful in his bid to overturn his conviction in the Australian High Court.

Pell, 78, will be released immediately Tuesday after more than 400 days behind bars.

The judgment was handed down by Chief Justice Susan Kiefel in a near-empty courtroom in Brisbane due to coronavirus social distancing restrictions.

The appeal was allowed and the High Court ordered Pell's "convictions be quashed and judgments of acquittal be entered in their place," as outlined in a statement sent to media.


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