Remember this judge who thought he could abuse the system? Tightwad tried to get out of a $77 dollar traffic fine a few years back. Named the driver as someone who had died years earlier, but he persevered with more lies and ended up a disgrace, in jail. Well Former judge Marcus Einfield to be released on Saturday on Parole, it will be interesting to see what becomes of him now. Although at his age, this pompus old fart might decide the quiet life is best for now… here is some background…
In August 2006, Einfeld contested a A$77 speeding ticket by claiming he had lent his car to an old friend, Professor Teresa Brennan, at the time it was caught by a speed camera. He gave evidence under oath in the Local Court and he also signed a statutory declaration to that effect. However, it was later revealed that Professor Brennan had been killed in a road accident in the United States in February 2003, and that Einfeld was aware of it. This was the basis for Einfeld’s conviction for knowingly making a false statement under oath.
When challenged by a journalist concerning the death of Professor Brennan, Einfeld claimed that he had lent his car on that day to a different Teresa Brennan, whom he claimed also lived in the USA, and who had also died. In August 2006, Einfeld produced a detailed 20-page statement describing the fictitious second Teresa Brennan and his supposed dealings with her. This was the basis for his conviction for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Angela Liati, a woman unknown to Einfeld, came forward and claimed that she had met and driven in Einfeld’s car with “Theahresa Brennan” on the day in question. Liati was subsequently charged with perverting the course of justice. She claimed that she was only endeavouring to make contact with Einfeld through her admission. Liati was found guilty on 12 February 2009 and was subsequently sentenced to 200 hours’ community service.
In September 2006, Einfeld gave the NSW Police leave to search his Woollahra home as part of their investigation of his evidence in the speeding case. They removed part of his home computer for forensic examination.On 29 March 2007, Einfeld was arrested by the NSW police. He was charged with 13 offences, including perjury, perverting the course of justice and making and using false statutory declarations.Einfeld’s committal hearing was held in December 2007. The prosecution suggested the reason he lied under oath was that, had he lost the demerit points for the speeding offence, he would have been close to losing his licence. However, Einfeld denied he was aware his points were so low. One charge (hindering an investigation) was dropped; Einfeld was committed to stand trial on charges of perjury, perverting the course of justice and traffic offences. In October 2008 the Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed another five of the charges against Einfeld.
On 31 October 2008, Einfeld pleaded guilty to perjury and to perverting the course of justice just before his trial was to commence. It was also revealed that he had been battling prostate cancer for several months.
Since his speeding fine case came to the attention of the Australian media, Einfeld has been the subject of ongoing media reports alleging various other improprieties, including padding his curriculum vitae, purchasing doctorates from US diploma mills, and plagiarism.
On 5 November 2008, the President of the New South Wales Bar Association applied to the Court of Appeal to withdraw Einfeld’s commission as Queen’s Counsel, on the basis that his conduct has brought shame upon the legal profession as well as on himself. On 26 November 2008 Einfeld’s commission as a Queen’s Counsel was revoked.
On 20 March 2009, Einfeld was sentenced to three years in prison for knowingly making a false statement under oath and for attempting to pervert the course of justice, with a non-parole period of two years. Supreme Court Justice Bruce James found Einfeld had committed “deliberate, premeditated perjury” that was “part of planned criminal activity”. However, Einfeld denies being dishonest, saying: “I don’t think I’m the slightest bit dishonest. I just made a mistake.”
FORMER Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld is due to be released on parole after serving a minimum two-year sentence.
In 2009, Einfeld was sentenced to three years’ jail, with a non-parole period of two years, after pleading guilty to false statements over a $77 driving fine.
He admitted he had lied in court when he claimed the driver of his speeding car was a woman, who later turned out to be dead.
The former Queen’s Counsel, a title that was stripped from him in 2008, will be released from Silverwater Correctional Complex in south-west Sydney on Saturday morning.
He will be under supervision by the NSW Probation and Parole Service until March 19 next year.
Under NSW legislation an offender sentenced to three years of imprisonment or less is automatically released when the non-parole period expires.
DISGRACED former judge Marcus Einfeld has lost his bid for appeal against his sentences for perjury and perverting the course of justice.
Judges in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday dismissed suggestions made by a psychiatrist that Einfeld was suffering from a long-term, previously undiagnosed, bipolar disorder.
Einfeld, 71, is serving a minimum two-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in March last year to perverting the course of justice and making a false statement under oath.
The offences related to a $77 traffic fine Einfeld had sought to avoid by saying that an overseas friend, academic Teresa Brennan, had been driving his car when it was photographed speeding 10km/h over the limit in Sydney’s Mosman. It later emerged that Brennan had been dead for three years at the time of the offence.
Psychiatrist Anthony Durrell told an appeal hearing earlier this year that Einfeld displayed symptoms of “hypomania”, manifesting itself in grandiose ideas about himself.
However, in a ruling handed down yesterday, the appeal court rejected Dr Durrell’s evidence.
It also rejected concerns raised by Einfeld’s lawyer about the length of the former judge’s two-year sentence. The sentence was upheld by two judges on the appeal panel of three.
Einfeld is due for release in March next year