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Conrad Black not guilty of racketeering

Posted by Charles II on July 13, 2007

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But he was convicted of 4 charges and is almost certain to go to jail.

Unless he makes a sufficiently large donation to the Republican Party.

Mike Robinson, AP (on AOL):

Black, 62, was convicted of three counts of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. He faces a maximum of 35 years in prison for the offenses, plus a maximum penalty of $1 million.

He was acquitted of nine other counts, including racketeering and misuse of corporate perks, such as taking the company plane on a vacation to Bora Bora and billing shareholders $40,000 for his wife’s birthday party.

Russ Britt, Mediawatch:

Media tycoon Conrad Black and three associates were found guilty Friday of several counts of mail fraud, after jurors had deliberated for days and told a judge earlier this week they were deadlocked in the case, according to various media accounts.

The Associated Press reported, however, that while the 62-year-old Black also was convicted of obstruction of justice, he was acquitted of several other counts, including wire fraud and racketeering.

8 Responses to “Conrad Black not guilty of racketeering”

  1. And so goes The Ignoble And Non-Ancient House Of Black.

    Well, 35 years in prison oughta give Tubby enough time to hit the gym, right?

  2. Charles said

    I’m sure that wherever he serves time, there will be a wet bar and the links.

    But he may have to caddy for himself.

  3. MEC said

    “But he may have to caddy for himself.”

    Cruel and unusual!

  4. whig said

    People still go to jail for obstruction of justice? I thought the president said that was excessive….

  5. Charles said

    Good point, whig.

    I believe he may qualify for a pardon under the IOKIYAR clause of the Constitution.

  6. MEC said

    Can Conrad Black be a member of the U.S. Republican Party if he’s a British lord and former Canadian citizen?

    Oh, wait, citizenship doesn’t matter — IOKIYAR.

  7. He’s desperately trying to get back his Canadian citizenship — which he cast off with a sneer back in 2001 — so he can do time in a Canadian prison (and maybe even avoid jail entirely).

  8. Charles said

    Tory, Republican, it doesn’t matter so long as you have money and give a little to The Right People.

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