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Although the presiding magistrate Belinda Wallington in Melbourne Magistrates Court will decide whether George Pell goes to trial or not, watching the media’s unseemly pursuit of Pell, over the last year or two particularly the ABC, and it’s attack dog journalist Louise Milligan, brings to mind a couple of quotes that highlight the media’s agenda.

Lavrentiy Beria, head of Stalin’s secret police: “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime” and Lewis Carroll’s line from Alice in Wonderland: “Sentence first, verdict afterwards”