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Two convicted, two cleared in Vatileaks trial

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>> Well, the Vatileaks trial is finally over. Two journalists who had been accused of printing leaked documents have been totally absolved. The Vatican court ruled that they had no jurisdiction over the journalists, because the journalists were not Vatican officials. I'm Phil Pullella, reporting for Reuters in Rome. Well, the two journalists were accused of printing confidential information, which they used in two best-selling books.
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But the court ruled that they had no jurisdiction over the journalists, so they didn't get any jail time at all, because the court effectively withdrew itself. The other two main defendants Francesca Chaouqui and a Spanish priest Vallejo Balda they both were found guilty of leaking Information. However, the results were a pretty stunning defeat for the prosecution, because the prosecution had asked for nearly four years of jail time for Chaouqui and just a bit more than three years of jail time for Vallejo Balda.
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And they both got sentences of about a third or less I think that the Vatican is breathing a sigh of relief now, as an institution, because many people thought that this trial should never have taken place. Many high-ranking officials in the Vatican thought the judiciary should never have delved into this at all.
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Because it just got them more bad publicity than anything else. Putting journalists on trial for doing their jobs is always very, very risky. And I think that the Vatican has mud on its face today. Because of the result here you have a case where Vatican prosecutors wanted the two journalists to go to jail and the Vatican court threw this out saying they had no jurisdiction.
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So, a lot of people are asking themselves as are the two journalists who were acquitted why do this trial ever have to take place in the first place.