Richter also noted that one of the witnesses was 80 years old.Pell has taken leave from his Vatican job as Pope Francis' finance minister and plans to return to it if he is acquitted.
With the 2014 launch of Once a Month Cooking and 2015’s Live Well on Less, thanks to Penguin Random House, Jody shows no signs of slowing down.The magistrate dismissed around half the charges the cleric had faced.His lawyer Robert Richter said Wednesday that he agreed with prosecutors to split the remaining charges into two trials.Asked by Pullen if Pell could afford his defense, Richter replied the cardinal had "no problem with funding." Pell was allowed to leave the court on bail ahead of his next administrative hearing on May 16.Pullen rejected an application to excuse Pell from attending that day.Prosecutor Mark Gibson anticipated that the prosecution would need three months to compile its case, but later described that estimate as "conservative," meaning prosecutors could be ready sooner.Pullen said, "I do think three months is a little excessive." Prosecution and defense lawyers agreed the two separate trials would take a total of between eight and 10 weeks.Last year, the Holy Father granted Cardinal Pell a leave of absence so he could defend himself from the accusations.The leave of absence is still in place." Under his bail conditions, Pell cannot leave Australia or contact prosecution witnesses, and must give police 24 hours' notice of any change of address.The case places both the cardinal and the pope in potentially perilous territory.For Pell, the charges are a threat to his freedom, his reputation and his career.