Law

The Contradictions of the Choirboy

  The impression we gained from reading the transcript of [the choirboy’s] cross-examination reinforced the impression we had gained from watching the recording of him giving evidence. Nothing about his answers under cross-examination suggested that he was concocting, or embellishing, or “fantasising”. On the contrary, both the content of what he said and the way in which he said it—including the language he used—appeared to us to be entirely authentic.            —Chief Justice Anne Ferguson and President of the Court of Appeal Chris Maxwell, in George Pell v The Queen The problem for the appeal court judges reviewing the conviction…

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