Conrad Black Rips His Traitorous Pals Buckley And Kissinger

Choire · 12/17/07 10:15AM

Conrad Black, the funnest of the Canadian-born British press lords, is gearing up for his appeal on his conviction for fraud by taking down William F. Buckley Jr. and Henry Kissinger, two pals who stabbed him in the back. (The backstabbing only comes into play, of course, if you believe as Black does: That he is completely innocent. You, or a jury, certainly may not feel the same!) Buckley had written a letter to the judge to help reduce sentencing—but then pretty much retracted (or at least undermined it) over at the National Review. Kissinger, though, went around town proclaiming that Black was guilty "of something," and today Black writes the best takedown of him ever.

Maggie · 12/10/07 02:28PM

BREAKING: Conrad Black has been sentenced by a Chicago court to 6 and a half years in prison for defrauding shareholders and pocketing millions of dollars. [AP]

Maggie · 12/10/07 10:40AM

One-time media baron Lord Conrad Black is being sentenced this morning in Chicago. He's expected to get anywhere from four to 12 years in a minimum security prison for his convictions on fraud and obstructing justice. [Globe & Mail]

Maggie · 11/15/07 12:10PM

A 1981 Andy Warhol portrait of felon-baron Conrad Black sold for $240,000 yesterday. The Los Angeles art dealer who bought it, however, had no idea who Black was when he started bidding. Ouch. Though really, it's probably far more useful to recognize a Warhol than a Black, especially considering you won't be seeing much of the latter for the next 15-30 years. Stay tuned for Black's sentencing date, postponed this morning by 10 days to December 10.

Choire · 11/06/07 10:40AM

Conrad Black, the one-time newspaper baron who was convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in the most fascinating case in the world that few outside of Canada care about, was denied a new trial by a judge reviewing the jury verdict. Black will be sentenced at the end of the month. He'll either get like, 2 days in prison or 400 years probs. [AP]

Conrad Black Yucks It Up

abalk · 10/04/07 04:00PM

Convicted fraudster Conrad Black is making the most of things while he remains free pending appeal: He recently filmed a segment for the Canadian humor program "The Rick Mercer Report." Black instructs viewers on how to "wax" maple leaves, which is apparently something they do for fun in Canada. The clip is actually pretty funny; this kind of dry, self-deprecating humor will serve Black well in the slammer.

abalk · 10/01/07 08:30AM

As part of a settlement between Conrad Black and the convicted fraudster's bankrupt Ravelston Corp., the convicted fraudster will pay nearly $400,000 to buy back a portrait of himself painted by the late Andy Warhol. "Andy used to take a Polaroid shot, blow it up, put it on four silk-screens of different colours, and sell them. We got on very well, so he sold me all four for the price of one.... He was a very entertaining character." [The Globe & Mail]

abalk · 08/28/07 09:00AM

"I am fine thank you, and enjoying my house in Palm Beach," says convicted fraudster Conrad Black, who remains "optimistic" about his chances on appeal. Uh, don't get too comfortable, Connie. [AP]

abalk · 08/13/07 04:55PM

"Massive Book Tour for Nixon Biography Unlikely, says Conrad Black." [AP]

abalk · 07/23/07 11:05AM

Convicted fraudster Conrad Black is likely to receive a harsh sentence, says a lawyer who specializes in white collar crime. "I think it's pretty clear he's going to get a harsh sentence. Other countries may look at them differently but these are serious crimes in the United States." [Telegraph]

abalk · 07/20/07 08:20AM

Convicted fraudster Conrad Black will remain free on bail until sentencing, but must stay in either Illinois or Florida, which is sort of like being in prison anyway. [NYT]

Bad Man Could Get Screwed By Bad Law

abalk · 07/17/07 09:40AM

Legal experts are suggesting that Conrad Black might spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted on four charges of fraud and obstruction. Why? "Acquitted conduct sentencing enhancement," the result of a 1997 ruling by the Supreme Court that allows prosecutors to "show on a 'preponderance of the evidence' that Lord Black engaged in illegal conduct that it could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt. The preponderance of the evidence... test is the much lower standard of proof used in civil trials and means that something is more likely true than not." We're not at all fans of Black, but we've got to side with Justice John Paul Stevens, who wrote in his dissent from the ruling, "The notion that a charge that cannot be sustained by proof beyond a reasonable doubt may give rise to the same punishment as if it had been so proved is repugnant."

Conrad Black: What Now?

abalk · 07/16/07 09:00AM

Conrad Black reactions and suppositions: The convicted fraudster is "likely to remain free after this week's bail hearing because he's a first-time offender who's repeatedly vowed to fight the charges against him." In an e-mail to the Toronto Globe & Mail, a defiant Black predicts that he will be cleared of the four charges on which he was found guilty: "'We move on to the next phase in this long war. We got rid of most of [the charges], and expect to get rid of the rest on appeal."

Conrad Black: Verdict Time

abalk · 07/13/07 10:38AM

Finally, we have a verdict in the interminable fraud trial of Canadian media mogul Conrad Black. After seven years of deliberations, the jury has found him guilty on multiple charges. We'll bring you the rest of the details as soon as we see 'em.

abalk · 07/13/07 08:56AM

The jury is still out in the Conrad Black fraud trial. At this point I'm taking the whole thing personally. Why don't you just come over here and STAB ME IN THE FACE, ya dumb Chicago bastards? [Chicago Tribune]

abalk · 07/12/07 07:45AM

Jurors in the Conrad Black fraud trial have yet to reach a verdict; they'll resume deliberations this morning. A former federal prosecutor predicts a split verdict. We predict that this story is going to be the one that finally kills us. [LFP]

abalk · 07/11/07 08:30AM

Will the deadlocked jury in the Conrad Black trial somehow resolve things and deliver a verdict in the bird-flipping media magnate's fraud trial today? If there's a God, yes. If not, we renounce Jesus and all his empty promises. [London Free Press]

abalk · 07/10/07 03:23PM

The fucking jury in the fucking Conrad Black fraud trial, which has gone on for fucking ever, is apparently deadlocked. If those fuckers don't undeadlock themselves but quick we are heading to fucking Chicago, where we will knock some fucking heads together. If we have to sit through another three months of this fucking shit we will kill several people and also ourselves. [Globe & Mail]

abalk · 07/03/07 07:47AM

Day four in the Conrad Black fraud trial ends without a verdict. [Bloomberg]

abalk · 06/28/07 08:37AM

The judge in the Conrad Black fraud trial warns jurors to regard testimony from the government's star witness "with caution and great care," seeing as he's kind of an admitted felon. [FT]