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Apr 7, 2016

Sam Maiden could be going to the big house

If the Sunday Telegraph's political editor goes to jail at the start of a federal election, it would be very bad indeed for the tabloid.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

The Sunday Telegraph's national political editor Samantha Maiden pled guilty to a charge of drink driving, along with two charges of not obeying the directions of police, at the Goulburn Local Court yesterday. Magistrate Darryl Pearce said Maiden was "on the wrong side of the road, and there was a police pursuit". "You are facing a jail sentence", he said, though he ordered a pre-sentence report to look at alternatives to that. "This is a very serious matter, make no mistake," he said. On the morning of Sunday, March 20, Maiden, driving a Hyundai Sante Fe, was pulled over with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.136. This put her in the "mid range" of prescribed concentration of alcohol band. Generally, this comes with a maximum fine of $2200 and a maximum jail time of nine months, with a minimum licence disqualification period of six months. Were Maiden to go to jail, it'd be a massive blow for the Sunday Tele, which relies on her to bring in exclusive political stories for the country's highest-selling paper, particularly in election years. But it's very unlikely it'll come to that --  she has no prior convictions, and very few mid-range convictions result in custodial sentences. Police alleged to the court that Maiden failed to stop when a siren was activated shortly after 2am. Another police car then pursued Maiden, at which point she was handcuffed, arrested and taken to Goulburn police station. The case will continue in Goulburn Local Court on May 18 -- Pearce rejected a request from Maiden's lawyer to adjourn the matter to the Queanbeyan court closer to Canberra. The Financial Review's Joe Aston reports she had been attending Liberal pollster Mark Textor's birthday party outside Canberra, along with guests like Scott Morrison and Chris Kenny. The guilty plea isn't in this morning's News Corp papers, though The Australian has reported on the matter online in an unbylined item, referencing but not linking to an extensive Goulburn Post report on the court appearance. Maiden said she could not comment as the matter was before the courts.

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8 thoughts on “Sam Maiden could be going to the big house

  1. Norman Hanscombe

    It must be puzzling for Crikey Land Denizens to see Samantha Maiden actually admit her guilt rather than adopt the Faux Progressive gambits to avoid any penalties by every possible means.

  2. klewso

    Funny – normally a stickler for what’s Right – she hasn’t reported this in her Limited News columns?

  3. Simon Mansfield

    When is she sober

  4. Jaybuoy

    Get some advice off Peta Credlin who didn’t even lose her license when she DUI’ed.. or cop a conviction..

  5. wellsy32

    Thanks for the giggle Simon however my main concern is the word ‘pled’! Surely the past tense of plead is pleaded?

    And yes Normie, it is puzzling to me that Maiden would plead guilty. Normally it is only the hoi polloi who have to worry about details such as driving pissed, on the wrong side of the road and then giving the police a bit of a hard time. Perhaps she couldn’t get hold of Margaret Cunneen.

  6. Norman Hanscombe

    Poor as the Commissariat’s spelling and English may be, wellsy32, their logic and analytical skills are much worse.

  7. CML

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving closet (now outed) Fiberal journalist!!
    Maiden is only too happy to dish the dirt on any Labor politician.
    Poetic justice perhaps?

  8. AR

    Over twice the limit is mid range? And the other aspects, if she retain her job it would be no surprise, just another example of mudorc’s minions being a law unto themselves.

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