First judge in Australia to be jailed on perjury charge
Former Australian Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld appeared in court today after arriving in a taxi. He must have known this was a one-way journey as a free man.
Einfeld was later sentenced to three years' jail for "deliberate premeditated perjury".
Einfeld claimed he was not driving his car on January 8, 2006, when it was detected speeding in Sydney. He told a court in August that year that an “old friend” from the US, Teresa Brennan, was the driver. It later emerged she had died in 2003.
Einfeld has already been stripped of the title of QC and as a convicted felon he is also expected to lose his Order of Australia honour.
The NSW Bar Association has applied to the Supreme Court to have him struck off the roll of legal practitioners.
However, moves to strip him of a $200,000-a-year pension have hit constitutional problems that are likely to leave him on the public payroll for life.
At Einfeld's sentencing hearing last month, defence counsel Ian Barker QC said his client was on the brink of complete ruin over what he called a trivial offence.
A trivial offence? That no one, including an ex-judge, QC and "living treasure" (Einfeld was in 1997 voted one of 100 national living treasures), was above the law, was perhaps a more fitting remark.