Conrad Black: from sentencing to today -

Conrad Black: from sentencing to today

Understanding “Honest Services” and how Black got here in the first place


The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the “Honest Services” statute—a favorite of white-collar crime prosecutors— was interpreted too broadly in convicting Conrad Black, as well as former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling. However, the ruling did not require their convictions to be overturned. In both cases, however, the justices left the ultimate resolution to the appeals courts. So where does this leave Black? We’ve compiled some links (more to come) that explain the Honest Services law and how this law was applied to Black’s case.

Shooting down the honesty policy (Canadian Business)
Conrad Black’s appeal may change U.S. law
(National Post)
What Are Honest Services? (Huffington Post)

From the archives:

The United States vs. Conrad Black—The Maclean’s guide to the white-collar trial of the century
Mark Steyn live blog—the Conrad Black trial from opening arguments to sentencing
Why it’s time to set Conrad Black free—Rehab is mostly irrelevant for corporate fraud
Clash of the titans—Peter C. Newman on how the Aspers came to blows with press baron Conrad Black
A legal victory for Conrad Black—Former press baron’s libel suit against Richard Breeden can continue, in Ontario

Click here for our complete coverage on Black’s sentencing

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Conrad Black: from sentencing to today

  1. And justice for all…or, at least some justice.

    If an overzealous prosecutor can use the power of the state to railroad someone with Black's resources, what chance does someone like me or you stand?

  2. My bet is that the Supreme Court ruling will have zero impact on Black's situation. The court of appeal will rule that the honest services element error wouldn't have had any influence on the jury's finding of guilt.

    Apart from that, Black is doing 6.5 years for obstruction of justice that just won't go away.

    Lordy's supporters at Macleans can crow all they want about a 'victory' but Black's chances for bail or early release have not improved.

    Apart from the Black justice-deniers at Macleans and the National Post, most normal people agree that Black got what he deserved for ripping off shareholders and trying to hide the damning evidence in his files.

    We're thankful that American authorities are not as soft on corporate crime as limp-wristed Canadian regulators.

  3. …….BLACK..He will never get his life back, and he will never get his company back, Richard Breeden's “cleanup” having destroyed it. And, that being so, he will never get real justice. But through sheer doggedness he has demolished 99 per cent of the case against him. The US$600 million he was accused by Breeden of looting… He was found guilty of stealing US$2.9 million, which is less than one per cent of what Breeden accused him of, and indeed about 1.5 per cent of the US$200 million Breeden's “investigation” had cost the post-Black regime at Hollinger by the start of the trial. Of the 19 original counts against him, Conrad was convicted of just four??. The government won on three counts of “mail fraud.”!!??? But winning 99 per cent of the case isn't enough.THIS IS A HUGE LOSS FOR THE FEDS>!MUCH BIGGER THAN BLACK! MY CYR CHANGE..and add on!!.EVES<POSNER<SUSSMANN. MYFITZGERALD.GREEDY BREEDEN.AND THE BALALANCE OF THERE MEAN SPIRITED TEAM