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Trump Pardons Conrad Black, Former Chicago Sun-Times Owner

Sun-Times 16 May 2019 2 Comments

Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, the disgraced former owner of the Chicago Sun-Times who last year wrote a flattering political biography of the president, his longtime friend.


The Canadian-born Black, along with his business partner F. David Radler, was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for diverting proceeds from newspaper sales into his own pockets when the money should have gone to investors of Hollinger International Inc., his media empire that included the Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London.

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  • John Powers said:

    The Sun Times skips this part, where Baron Black is exonerated on most of his charges.

    On 24 June 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled 8–0 with one recusal, instructing the 7th Circuit to review all four of Black’s convictions including the obstruction of justice charge, finding that the definition of honest services fraud used in Judge St. Eve’s (the trial judge) charge to the jury in Black’s case was too broad, “unconstitutionally vague”,[61] ruling the law could apply only to cases where bribes and kickbacks had changed hands and ordered the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to review three fraud convictions against Black in light of the Supreme Court’s new definition. The Court reviewed Black’s case and determined whether his fraud convictions stood or if there should be a new trial.[62] The Supreme Court upheld the jailed former media baron’s obstruction-of-justice conviction, for which he was serving a concurrent 6½-year sentence.[63]

  • Terry P. said:

    Anyone who has read Conrad Black’s books and columns also knows he’s a better writer (and thinker) than anyone on the staff of the Chicago Sun-Times!

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