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 6 November 2007: Conrad Black Loses Bid for New Trial: here.
Black court case update 10 December 2007: here.
Rightist media in the USA: here.