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Dozens of journalists accused of breaching gag order on Pell

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George Pell's evidence demands broad responseMELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian state prosecutor has sent letters threatening to charge media organizations and dozens of journalists with breaching a gag order that banned reporting of Cardinal George Pell’s convictions on charges of sexually molesting two choirboys, lawyers said Thursday.

Reporting in any format accessible from Australia of details of the former Vatican economy chief’s convictions in a Melbourne court in December was banned by a judge’s suppression order that was only lifted this week.

Such suppression orders are commonplace in the Australian and British judicial systems, and breaches can result in jail terms. But the enormous international interest in a criminal trial with global ramifications has highlighted the difficulty in enforcing such orders in the digital world.

Cardinal Pell had ‘plain vanilla' sex with victim and that should mitigate prison sentence, lawyer says

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MELBOURNE, Australia — The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse was sent to prison on Wednesday and will wait two weeks to learn his sentence for attacking two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago.

Victorian state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd revoked Cardinal George Pell’s bail at the end of a sentencing hearing in a packed, standing room-only courtroom. Kidd said he would deliver his sentence on March 13.

The 77-year-old Pell, who could face 50 years in prison, showed no expression as he walked from the dock with a cane escorted by three court security officers and a prison guard. Pell paused at the door, turned to the judge and bowed.

He was taken by prison van from the court to the Melbourne Assessment Prison, a maximum security facility where inmates new to the state penal system are assessed. All prisoners are strip-searched on arrival and Pell, like all pedophiles, will be kept in protective custody, where he will remain alone for up to 23 hours a day.

A jury unanimously convicted Pell in December of abusing the two 13-year-olds in a rear room of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996, weeks after becoming archbishop of Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. But Pell wasn’t taken into custody immediately because he had surgery scheduled to have both knees replaced.

Pell’s lawyer Robert Richter had told the jury during the trial that “only a mad man” would take the risk of sexually abusing two boys in a cathedral room with the door open and people likely to wander in.

On Wednesday, Richter described the abuse as a “temporary loss of judgment” in response to an “irresistible impulse.”

WA Attorney-General John Quigley defends release of a dirty filthy child rapist

Flamin' queers holding hands on the ... | Items | National Library ...WESTERN Australia’s attorney general has defended a judge’s decision to release into the community a pedophile who once told a psychologist he had could have defiled up to 1000 children, but later recanted.

A Supreme Court of WA justice last week determined the 65-year-old man, known only as MGD for legal reasons, could be released from jail subject to 49 strict conditions.

The man was in 2009 convicted of 21 offences against six female victims aged three to 11, and sentenced to 10 years behind bars and declared a dangerous sex offender.

George Pell’s defence torn to shreds by judges

Pell And Co And Australian Conservatism: Hypocrisy's Bastard ...George Pell loses appeal over child sexual abuse ruling

By a majority of two to one, Victoria’s Supreme Court dismissed Pell’s appeal ordering him to “return to prison”.
Cardinal George Pell has sensationally lost his appeal against child sex abuse convictions — and one of the judges has torn his defence to pieces.

Pell’s appeal against his child sex abuse convictions was dismissed by the Victorian Court of Appeal this morning by a majority of two to one.

Chief Justice Anne Ferguson and Court of Appeal President Chris Maxwell dismissed it, while Justice Mark Weinberg upheld the appeal.

The two judges agreed it “was open to the jury to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt Cardinal Pell was guilty as charged” and also dismissed the appeal on technical grounds.

The decision means Australia’s most prominent Catholic cleric will remain behind bars and continue to serve his six-year prison term.

Pell, 78, will be eligible for parole three years and eight months into his sentence, although he is also free to appeal the decision to dismiss his appeal in the High Court.

Police to investigate Geoffrey Dickens sex abuse dossier

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Police investigating allegations of a Westminster paedophile ring are to be passed a file which made up part of the so-called "Dickens Dossier".

The information, originally obtained by the late Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens, contains allegations of child abuse from the 1980s.

It is understood to have been given to Home Secretary Leon Brittan in 1984.

One document, among several seen by the BBC, suggests that "large numbers" of those named in it were paedophiles.

It contains the names of three MPs from the 1980s and other individuals connected to the Conservative party.

Geoffrey Dickens: a clown whose campaign is finally taken seriously

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The former Tory MP's tendency to make gaffes made many dismiss his allegations of child abuse in high places

Former Tory MP, Geoffrey Dickens, would have been tickled pink (he used that kind of language) to discover that, nearly 20 years after his premature death at the age of 63, his name is again on newspaper front pages, his failed campaign to expose a paedophile ring in high places, being taken seriously at last. He was not averse to publicity.

Geoffrey Dickens 'said paedophile dossier was explosive'

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Geoffrey Dickens with Margaret ThatcherGeoffrey Dickens was a long-standing campaigner against child abuse

The MP who passed a dossier of paedophile allegations to the Home Office in the 1980s told his family the details were "explosive".

Geoffrey Dickens, who died in 1995, said it would "blow the lid off" the lives of powerful and famous child abusers, his son has told the BBC.

Barry Dickens said he would have been "hugely angered" that the allegations had not been properly investigated.

Labour is demanding a fresh inquiry into the missing dossier.

Aussie TV icon a paedophile

Abusers job or title:: BBC and Channel 10 News Reporter
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It can be quite easily said that every communications medium has its “Golden Age”, i.e. the golden age of radio could refer to the decade between the 1930’s – 1940’s, or the golden age of Hollywood that being American cinema, being from the mid 1910’s to the 1960’s, which all are of course subjects to debate, as they are a matter of opinion.
 
In Australia, it can also be said that there was a golden age of television, which could refer to a period of time from the 1960’s to the 1970’s or even 80’s.

Whatever the time frame is, there can be no doubt that there have been some iconic or legendary television performers and hosts.

One name synonymous with the baby boomer generation is that of media personality, Graham Kennedy, who not only graced the radio waves, but also the television frequencies as well.

Abuser Name or Alias:: Don Lane
Abusers Organisation:: BBC/Channel 10

JERSEY: Children were loaned to rich paedophile yachtsmen

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CHILDREN from the Jersey House of Horrors were loaned to rich paedophile yachtsmen as galley SEX SLAVES.

From September 2007, police took 1,776 statements from 192 alleged victims, identifying 151 alleged abusers and only seven people were successfully prosecuted.

WHY? 

Because the majority of abusers are in prominent positions and are being protected!

We know from court cases and statements made [during the 2008 inquiry] that children in Jersey care homes were ‘loaned out’ to members of the yachting fraternity and other prominent citizens on the pretence of recreational trips but during which they were savagely abused and often raped.

The Pell legacy: lessons for cops, courts and all those who serve God and justice

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Where does it leave the justice system if the highest court in the land says a jury isn't capable of working out what it should believe?

George Pell freed from prison after High Court quashes child sex abuse convictions

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Comments on the High Court judgment Pell v The Queen, from the Law Council of Australia President, Ms Pauline Wright

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All comments to be attributed to Law Council of Australia President, Ms Pauline Wright.

We are mindful that the High Court judgment in the matter of Pell v The Queen has caused significant media interest and community discussion. The Law Council respects the determination of the High Court in the matter of Pell v The Queen.

The High Court is the ultimate decision-maker within our judicial system in Australia and its job is to impartially scrutinise decisions made in lower courts to determine whether the law has been properly applied.

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