Friday, July 13, 2007

Meet Lord Black, Convicted Felon

Conrad. The name suits him well.

Via the NYT:

Conrad M. Black, the gregarious press tycoon also known as Lord Black of Crossharbour, was found guilty today by a Chicago jury of three counts of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. He could face up to 35 years in prison.

"Gregarious" wouldn't exactly be my adjective of choice to describe him.

Mr. Black was cleared of nine other counts against him, including racketeering. He is expected to appeal and the judge presiding over the case, Amy J. St. Eve, is expected to allow him to remain free on bail during that process. Three former associates were each found guilty of three counts of mail fraud.

I thought it was quite something - although it shouldn't have come as a surprise - that Connie was trying to get his Canadian citizenship reinstated so he could do his time here. I guess the price of arrogantly pursuing lordship by giving the middle finger to Canada thus risking having to spend time in some American white collar crowbar hotel was just a bit too high for him all of a sudden.

And he has even more legal problems to face:

In addition to his potential incarceration, Mr. Black also faces more than $1 billion in civil litigation from former shareholders of Hollinger International, the company itself and the S.E.C.

May he gregariously be locked up in jail and litigation for a very long time.

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