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Latest Conrad Black Items
Late Friday, Judge Richard A. Posner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set himself up as both judge and jury and found Conrad Black, once the head of one of the most illustrious publishing chains in the world, guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice in running his newspapers. That is somewhat of a comedown for our criminal justice system. Years ago, the Department of Justice arrayed about 13 charges against Black, including tax evasion, racketeering, various types of fraud and that lonely obstruction-of-justice charge. Black beat the department back on nine of 13 charges, leaving just three fraud charges and the obstruction charge against him. He was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. Then sanity intruded.
The female companion of a suspect who committed suicide after the killing of a San Diego police officer was also fatally shot before police stormed their barricaded bedroom, authorities said Sunday.
A lawyer for Conrad Black said he expects the former media magnate to walk free on bond Wednesday from the Florida prison where he has been serving a 6½-year sentence for defrauding investors.
A federal judge on Wednesday stopped companies from developing oil and gas wells on billions of dollars in leases off Alaska's northwest coast, saying the federal government failed to follow environmental law before it sold the drilling rights.
Attorneys for lobbyist Kevin Ring argued in court papers that a landmark Supreme Court decision protects traditional lobbying activities from one of the government's most used, but recently diminished, anti-corruption tools.
Seven other Latin American countries want to join Mexico in supporting a lawsuit challenging Arizona's immigration enforcement law.
"If you have nothing else, you have your principles," Lady Margaret Thatcher told me when things were pretty tough at the American Spectator in the late 1990s. Sharks were circling the ship, and there was blood in the water, and I was getting anxious. She was serene, having just flown back from Beijing, but she was adamant. "You have your principles." They endure and fortify you when things are dire.
The Supreme Court struck a blow to white-collar prosecutors Thursday by limiting the scope of a law that is a favorite of the Justice Department in political and business corruption cases.
Undercutting convictions against Jeffrey Skilling and media magnate Conrad Black, a Supreme Court ruling could affect other high-profile corruption cases against political and business leaders.