>> After four weeks of questioning accusers and witnesses in an Australian court, Vatican treasurer George Pell's lawyer said there was no evidence to support charges of historical sexual offenses against the Australian cardinal. Pell, at age 76, is the most senior cardinal official to face sexual abuse charges anywhere in the world.
Pell's lawyers have said he will plead not guilty to all charges. But he is not required to enter a plea unless the presiding Magistrate determines there is a cause for a full trial. Pell's lawyer, Robert Richter has led a defense that focuses on problems with police procedure, the reliability of witness's memories, and the psychological conditions.
The court heard that offenses allegedly occurred at a swimming pool and movie theater in Australia's Victoria state, as well as at a church and other locations. Victor will deliver his final submission to the court on April 17th, and the prosecution will submit its final response on the same day.
Magistrate Belinda Wellington has yet to say when she will hand down her decision on when to send Pell to trial.>>