Cardinal George Pell has been convicted of sexually abusing two choirboys and is now sitting in a remand prison awaiting sentencing. His defense lawyer, a Jewish atheist, caused outrage at the sentencing hearing by describing the crimes as
a “plain vanilla sexual penetration case where the child is not actively participating”.
I'm not even sure what that means, but Pell has been protesting his innocence all along and intends to appeal the conviction. So why is his lawyer now trying to downplay the seriousness of a crime that supposedly never happened?
Someone is lying here.
Meanwhile, a petition has been launched to have Pell expelled from the Order of Australia, which is a system of honors for the brightest and best. In just a few days it's reached nearly 100,000 signatures. If you live in Australia, you can sign it here.
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