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‘Why the media is unable to report on a case that has generated huge interest online …’

A very high-profile figure was convicted on Tuesday of a serious crime, but we are unable to report their identity due to a suppression order.

The person, whose case has attracted significant media attention, was convicted on the second attempt, after the jury in an earlier trial was unable to reach a verdict. They will be remanded when they return to court in February for sentencing.

A suppression order issued by the Victorian County Court, which applies in all Australian states and territories, has prevented any publication of the details of the case including the person’s name or the charges. It was imposed after the court accepted that knowledge of the person’s identity in the first trial might prejudice a further trial being held in March.’


High profile Australian convicted of serious crime: Story media can’t report on – news.com.au


The person was found guilty in the Victorian County Court but a suppression order was put in place to prevent the publication of details of the person’s name or the charges.

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  1. Ian McLean

    December 14, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    It’s so the defence can’t claim he won’t receive a fair trial. Whether the suppression order makes logical sense in an era of global internet and social media isn’t relevant; it’s a legal action to prevent a specific line of defence.

  2. Chris Sharples

    December 14, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Oh, perish the thought! How could a good Christian man, especially one so high in the world’s oldest and most rotten-smelling bureaucracy, ever be guilty of sinful behaviour? Rather easily I’d suggest, given the self-righteous muddle-headedness implied in being a Christian.

    Having said that, I think the Pope said some time back that he would not do anything about George Pell’s roles in the Vatican until his case had been examined in the courts. Now Pell’s Vatican role has changed, sooo …?

  3. Russell

    December 14, 2018 at 6:55 am


    This is exactly why we need a nationwide ICAC.

  4. Simon Warriner

    December 13, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    ABC news reported tonight that Cardinal Pell and two others have just been dumped from their Vatican roles by the Pope. A coincidence, perhaps?

    • Simon Warriner

      December 14, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      Sorry, I forgot the /sarc

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