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Fall from grace as Einfeld pleads guilty

The World Today - Friday, 31 October , 2008 12:18:00

ELEANOR HALL: Now to the fall from grace of one of the country's most prominent legal figures.
Former Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld this morning pleaded guilty to perjury in the Supreme
Court in Sydney. Mr Einfeld admitted making false statements over traffic fines in 2006.

With the details we're joined now by court reporter Liv Casben. So Liv, what did Marcus Einfeld
admit to this morning?

LIV CASBEN: Good afternoon Eleanor. He has pleaded guilty to two charges in the court this morning
- one of making a false Statutory Declaration on oath that he was not the driver of a car that was
caught by a speeding camera back in 06; and the other that he made that statement with the intent
to pervert the course of justice.

ELEANOR HALL: Did he explain why he admitted to perjury this morning after running through this
court case for so long?

LIV CASBEN: No, there has been absolutely no explanation given, Eleanor, either in or outside the
court. Mr Einfeld was present today as you'd expect. Outside the court he was quizzed by
journalists as to why he's entered these pleas. Obviously with his trial looming, it was due to
start on Monday, that's no longer going to happen as far as we know. So you know, we've not been
given any reason as to why these guilty pleas were entered, presumably just to get the case

ELEANOR HALL: Was he making any response at all to the questions from journalists?

LIV CASBEN: No, nothing at all. Just a simple no comment. He had nothing to say outside of the

ELEANOR HALL: What penalties does he now face?

LIV CASBEN: Well he's got two charges that he's pleaded guilty to, as I said. One carries a maximum
term of 10 years; the other a maximum term of 14 years. But given his early guilty pleas on these
charges, presumably that will go some way to reducing any sentence he may face.

ELEANOR HALL: Now Liv you've been covering this case. It hasn't been a straightforward traffic
offence issue. Can you give us a bit of a sense of the drama that's been involved?

LIV CASBEN: Well as you can imagine there's been a huge amount of media interest in this case,
Eleanor as you would know, given that is a former Federal Court judge, a highly revered
humanitarian, former president of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

And he essentially said that he was not the driver of the car that was booked speeding in Mosman in
2006 and blamed it on another person, professor Teresa Brennan from the United States. It turned
out that professor Brennan had actually died three years earlier and as I said, the rest created a
great media interest in this case.

ELEANOR HALL: Now the case is now not going ahead but when is the sentencing likely to take place?

LIV CASBEN: That will happen in February of next year. It's set down for February the 25th where he
will hear just what charges, sorry what sentence he will receive for lying essentially to the
courts and effectively Eleanor to try and get out of this $77 speeding fine.

ELEANOR HALL: Liv Casben our court reporter at the Supreme Court in Sydney, thank you.

LIV CASBEN: Thank you.