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Reporter: Karen Barlow

TANYA NOLAN: The crime was speeding, the penalty was to be a $77 fine - now it's climbed much

Former Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld today finds himself heading to jail for at least two

He pleaded guilty to the charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice.

But the saga has been a long and strange one since that fateful day in January more than three
years ago.

Karen Barlow joins me now from the Supreme Court in Sydney.

Karen, tell us the detail of the sentence handed down to Marcus Einfeld.

KAREN BARLOW: It's amazing where lying to get out of a $75 speeding fine will get you. Marcus
Einfeld has just been, um, I'm being told by the court to move away from where I am because there
is a court in session.

But as I talk to you I will let you know that former justice Marcus Einfeld has been sentenced to
three years in jail with a two year non-parole section. He basically could be out of jail by the
19th of March, 2011.

TANYA NOLAN: And how did he look when that sentence was handed down?

KAREN BARLOW: He looked, well he basically, throughout most of the statement read out by the
Justice, he looked as if he was just taking it all in. He had his head down all the time, but then
when it started to get to the section of sentencing he looked up, he stood up when the final three
years was handed down to him, and he kind of stumbled as he accepted what was handed out, and then
he basically was hugged by families and friend members and started joking around. He was given some
jellybeans, and he was taken out by the sheriff.

TANYA NOLAN: His counsel, Ian Barker QC, had asked the judge to consider several things; that
Marcus Einfeld is a 'beacon of light, a living treasure, a man of honour', and he also argued that
society owed him a debt. Was there any indication that the judge took any of that into account?

KAREN BARLOW: He certainly did take that into account. There were many statements that were re-read
out today, that he had done various things for human rights, for third world countries, for the
Paralympic movement, but in the end this was a very serious crime in the eyes of Justice Bruce
James, and he found that it was a criminal act that was premeditated, it was extremely serious, and
nothing but a full custodial sentence would do for Marcus Einfeld.

TANYA NOLAN: Now Karen, can you take us back over some of the twists and turns of this very curious

KAREN BARLOW: Well it all comes back to a day, a very calm day back in 2006 where he was having
lunch, but he decided that when a speeding fine became apparent in the mail that he was not going
to take responsibility for that.

He started lying; it was a web of lies where he came undone. And he basically told a big
complicated story that fell out about a woman who had previously died who had driven this car.

And it was, but basically it was many, many lies that came undone about this person who apparently
had died, and he stood by that, and went to court and to the media and said that he had actually
done something and he hadn't actually done it.

TANYA NOLAN: Karen Barlow at the Supreme Court in Sydney, thank you.

And just recapping, former federal court judge Marcus Einfeld finds himself facing a jail term of
at least two years.