'No special treatment': Court confirms Cardinal George Pell will face justice next to bikies and murderers when he fights sex charges flanked by Australia's top defence lawyer

'No special treatment': Court confirms Cardinal George Pell will face justice next to bikies and murderers when he fights sex charges flanked by Australia's top defence lawyer

By SAM DUNCAN, DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA, July 14, 2017

  • This means he could be rubbing shoulders with hardened criminals at court
  • Normal security screenings will also apply to Australia's most powerful Catholic
  • The news comes amid concerns for Cardinal Pell's safety due to large crowds
  • Cardinal Pell will be represented by Robert Richter, former lawyer to Mick Gatto 

The Vatican's third most powerful figure will receive no special treatment when he appears in court to face multiple historical sex charges.

There have been fears for the safety of Australia's most powerful Catholic at his court appearance on July 26, as sexual abuse survivors are expected to attend. 

Melbourne Magistrates Court appears unconcerned, and stated that Cardinal George Pell's trial will be 'business as usual.'

The lack of special treatment also means that the former Archbishop of Sydney and Melbourne will be rubbing shoulders with hardened criminals as he lines up in court. 

The potential exposure to  . . . 

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  • commented 2017-07-17 07:55:31 -0500
    It is very telling that one of Cardinal Pell’s defense lawyers is Robert Richter who is famous for defending ‘underworld’ and mafia figures. It is also noteworthy that Richter charges fees of up to $11,000 per day.