Rightist media boss Lord Conrad Black convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice

This is a Reuter’s video about Conrad Black on trial.

From British daily The Guardian:

Downfall of Citizen Black

· Conrad Black facing up to 20 years in prison
· Peer convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice
· Former Telegraph boss embezzled $6m from firm

Andrew Clark in Chicago

Saturday July 14, 2007

Disgraced media mogul Conrad Black faces a lengthy stretch in a US jail after a court convicted him of looting millions of pounds from his Hollinger empire by embezzling funds from shareholders.

After more than 70 hours of deliberation, a Chicago jury delivered verdicts of guilty on three charges of fraud and one charge of obstructing justice – although the former Telegraph owner was cleared of a further nine charges, including tax evasion and racketeering. …

Patrick Fitzgerald, the US attorney who brought the case, said it showed “grave concern” about integrity at the highest echelons of multinationals which had arisen when firms such as Enron and WorldCom collapsed. “The message is a very simple one,”said Mr Fitzgerald, who also led the prosecution of the White House aide Scooter Libby. “If you’re going to take liberties, and break the law with other peoples’ money, there are going to be consequences.” There was a public interest need to ensure “insiders in public corporations dealing with shareholders’ money do not engage in self-dealing”.

So, one far Right warmonger for the Iraq war and other wars behind bars.

One might hope that Lord Black’s colleague Rupert Murdoch will join him soon. However, for the moment it seems Murdoch’s links to the Bushite political establishment in the USA and the Thatcherite-Blairite political establishment in Britain are too strong for that.

This criminal conviction of Lord Con-rad Black also says something about the zero moral worth of British titles of nobility.

Lord Black had expensive holidays at Bora Bora on company money. Maybe chickenhawks like Murdoch and him should go to fight in Tora Bora in Afghanistan, instead of teenage victims of military recruiters’ tricks. If chickenhawks might be made to put their money where their mouth is, it might be surprising how many less wars there would be.

Update: here.

Update 6 November 2007: Conrad Black Loses Bid for New Trial: here.

Andy Warhol’s portraits of Conrad Black: here; sold: here.

Black court case update 10 December 2007: here.

Rightist media in the USA: here.

3 thoughts on “Rightist media boss Lord Conrad Black convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice

  1. Canadians don’t have sympathy for Black
    Mon, July 30, 2007

    OTTAWA — Author, biographer, British Lord, business tycoon, media mogul and convicted criminal.

    And now, suggests a new CP-Decima poll, you can add soothsayer to Conrad Black’s list of titles.

    “The destructive fixation of the envious English-Canadian mind requires that the highest, happiest, most agile flyers be laid low,” Black wrote in his 1993 memoir, Conrad Black: A Life In Progress.

    He called it “a sadistic desire corroded by soul-destroying envy, to intimidate all those who might aspire to anything the slightest exceptional.”

    Judging by public reaction to Black’s recent conviction by a Chicago jury, the multi- millionaire businessperson got that right — with a vengeance.

    The survey of more than 1,000 Canadians found that only eight per cent think the American jury was too severe in convicting Black on four of 11 charges earlier this month. Forty-eight per cent say the jury got it about right and 22 per cent said the verdict was not severe enough.

    Black, convicted on counts of mail fraud and obstruction of justice, won’t be sentenced until November, but he should take some small solace that Canadian public opinion won’t influence his penalty.

    Decima found that most respondents — 69 per cent — would like Black to see jail time in addition to paying a fine. Just 10 per cent believed a fine is ample punishment.

    About 29 per cent felt he should be sentenced to 10 years or more in prison, with another 40 per cent feeling one to nine years would suffice.

    Black, who gave up his Canadian citizenship in 2001 to accept a British peerage, is appealing the conviction, but Decima respondents gave his chances short shrift: 53 per cent felt he wouldn’t successfully appeal.



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