Media Mogul Conrad Black Going Back To Prison
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UPDATED 06/24/11 1:29 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) – Lord Conrad Black will be going back to prison for 13 more months, a judge pronounced Friday.
Black was up for resentencing on his 2007 criminal convictions. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve sentenced him to 42 months, which means he will now serve 13 more months in addition to the 29 he has alraedy served.
St. Eve originally sentenced Black to 6 1/2 years for obstruction of justice and fraud, for depriving shareholders of their rights to his honest services.
Decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the honest services fraud conviction but he still stands convicted of fraud by theft, and obstruction of justice, for hauling document boxes personally from his office in advance of federal investigators. The move was captured on videotape.
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The defense presented Black as something of a social worker behind bars – extending his hand to the less fortunate – while prosecutors have been presenting him as a snob in shirts ironed by other inmates who’ve gone untutored as Black disdains tutor duty.
Black was freed from a federal prison in Florida last summer, after the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted his motion for an appeal bond.
After his release, Black returned to his oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. Black wanted to return to his native Canada, but was forbidden from leaving the United States.
In 2007, Black was convicted along with three other former executives from the media empire Hollinger International of swindling the company’s shareholders out of $6.1 million. He was acquitted of nine other charges.
Staffers at the Sun-Times blame Black, his Sun-Times publisher F. David Radler, and other officials for looting the company and leaving it with a burden of $608 million in taxes and penalties. The Sun-Times Media Group filed for bankruptcy last year.
In addition to the Sun-Times, Hollinger also owned the Daily Telegraph of London, the Jerusalem Post and hundreds of community papers across this country and Canada.
He renounced his Canadian citizenship to become a member of the British House of Lords.
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