Liar's Fall a Lesson for Us All

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 10-45

The Canberra Times, March 26, 2009

4 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2010

Date Written: March 26, 2009


Former Federal Court Judge Marcus Einfeld was taken from the NSW Supreme Court into custody last Friday, after being sentenced by Justice Bruce James to a two-year non-parol period for perjury and perverting the course of justice.

Whilst clearly these charges and the court's sentence are very serious, the circumstances that led up to them are almost too crazy for many of us to believe. As the facts now show, throughout 2006 and 2007, Einfeld lied about driving a car that was caught speeding on camera.

The lies were contradictory, childlike and often hard to believe. Yet isn't one of the first lessons all children learn thou shalt not lie? If so, then why did this experienced, well regarded, former Australian judge lie to avoid a small speeding fine? Why did he not realise that adding one lie upon another and another would end up burying him in a deep and hopeless hole such as the one he is now in?

Suggested Citation

Hall, Kath, Liar's Fall a Lesson for Us All (March 26, 2009). ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 10-45, The Canberra Times, March 26, 2009, Available at SSRN:

Kath Hall (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200

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