Disgraced cardinal George Pell loses appeal against his conviction

Cardinal George Pell leaves the Supreme Court of Victoria

Cardinal George Pell leaves the Supreme Court of Victoria

The Victorian Court of Appeal judges will today hand down their decision.

He was sentenced to six years in jail in March, with a non-parole period of three years and eight months.

The judgment will be heard in one of the Supreme Court's biggest rooms and an extra room has been set aside for journalists who can not fit in the court to watch the proceedings live.

A trial ran past year involving two complainants who were choirboys at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne more than two decades ago.

Bret Walker SC argued three grounds to secure Pell's release or a retrial, including that the verdicts were "unsafe and unsatisfactory".

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Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Anne Ferguson, President of the Court of Appeal Justice Chris Maxwell and Justice Mark Weinberg heard Pell's appeal over two days in June.

If the justices accept the first argument, Pell could walk free from prison today. Our reporter, Melissa Davey, who has covered every step of Pell's trial, conviction and appeal, wrote yesterday the judges would most likely order a retrial if the conviction was overturned, but could find it unjust to order Pell stand trial again.

Pell's central ground of appeal was that the guilty verdicts were unreasonable because there was insufficient evidence for a jury to have been satisfied of his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

"If (Pell) was at the western door, then the law of physics tells us this is literally, logically impossible for the offending to have occurred according to the complainant's account, and there is no other account", Mr Walker said.

"He was a witness of truth", Mr Boyce said.

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