LLOYD Rayney — the barrister cleared of murdering his wife who then won a $2.6 million defamation payout from the police who accused him — has been recommended to be kicked out of the legal profession for lying to a magistrate.
For the first time since a State Administrative Tribunal ruling in January, it can now be reported how Mr Rayney has been found guilty of professional misconduct by a panel headed by Supreme Court judge Peter Martino.
That finding could spell the end of Mr Rayney’s career in the law in WA.
The findings revolve around allegations that before his wife Corryn’s death, as the couple’s marriage crumbled, the former top prosecutor covertly recorded their heated conversations using a dictaphone.
Although he was never charged or convicted of a criminal offence over the recordings, he was quizzed about them by magistrate Martin Flynn, in secret, in November 2009.