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Conrad Black on life in the “bondage of the U.S. government”

‘Of course, I was glad, jubilant, to leave’


 

In his first dispatch to the media since leaving a Florida prison, Conrad Black describes the more than two years he spent in the “bondage of the U.S. government” as “an interesting experience.” “Of course, I was glad, jubilant, to leave, (though a return is not an impossible result of the pending rehearing),” the former press baron writes of the day of his departure in Saturday’s National Post, “but also grateful for many of the relationships I had formed; enlightened by my observation of American justice on the other side of the wall; and happy to have got on well in an environment very foreign to any I had known before.” But along with the reminiscences of his time behind bars, Black mixes in some damning indictments of U.S. justice. The prison system, Black contends, is home to an “ostracized, voiceless legion of the walking dead,” many of whom have been “grossly over-sentenced” as a result of “the failure of the U.S. War on Drugs.” And the public defenders paid to represent them, “it is universally and plausibly alleged, are more often than not stooges of the prosecutors.” It’s well worth the read.

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Conrad Black on life in the “bondage of the U.S. government”

  1. It's a legal system, not a justice system – Conrad Black was railroaded.

    • He reads like a inmate now, solid, not a word about how they move contraband around the prison. He does not mention the "crime school" component of his incarceration and I for one hope that he avoids his new found brothers inside.
      Six up!
      If he is allowed back in Canada it certainly will make the Galloway ban more interesting…..politically….notice that Black has never disputed the conversations Jean Chretien claims he had with him over the "title".

  2. In 1978 Conman Jack and Ratler tried to steal my newspaper. Ratler, Calvin McCarthy (son of deputy premier Grace McCarthy), Arthur Weeks (disgraced former civil servant caught buying land along soon to be proposed pipeline). They claimed they were interested in extending us credit in exchange for using their printing presses in North Vancouver. We accepted and expanded our community weekly (Ridge-Meadows News). Our printing bill quickly grew. Our increased circulation combined with Christmas advertising gave us enough receivables to print for months. We were the fastest growing newspaper in the country in the most targeted demographic in North America. We were becoming rich very quickly. Black's Sterling Newspapers proposed merging their unsuccessful the Enterprise (Port Coquitlam) with our paper.

  3. And I had the opportunity to see why the United States has six to twelve times as many incarcerated people as other prosperous democracies, (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom), how the prison industry grew, and successfully sought more prisoners, longer sentences, and maximal possibilities of probation violations and a swift return to custody.

    Sounds like a ringing endorsement of the conservative law and order agenda

    Good article

    • Yes, thanks. Would he dare to speak against the never-enough-always-expanding Con Law& Order agenda? Doubt it. Prove me wrong, Lordy. (By the way Conbots yes I just LOVE criminals and hate hate hate helpless Grannies).

  4. I fear the U.S. legal system is not quite finished with Mr. Black. They will permit him to return to Canada or the U.K., once they have vacuumed every last cent from his pocket! Until he demonstrates that he is well and truly belittled, humbled and embarassed, the U.S. "justice" system will not be content.
    Whatever funds Mr. Black has left at his disposal, the IRS will attack with vigor. That which they are unable to attach, they will ensure that his lawyers will!
    What a disgraceful system.

    • I bet Black does not submit his financial situation to the judge in order to gain his passport rights back. Looks like judge Amy is working with the IRS and do you blame the government for going after tax evaders? Notice how those Swiss numbered account holders here in Canada ( tax evaders) are cutting deals with our current fiscal conservatives? Black had it good here in Canada because many of our commerce laws suit the rich and greedy, there are many examples but Mulroney does come to mind…..hides his cash in paper bags, files tax information years late because he is caught holding these brown bags of earnings and then he gets to pay only a fraction of the taxes owed. I wonder how much of our public purse Conrad was legally able to steal here?

  5. Trying to make a saint out of someone who truly isn't. He tried to screw Dominion Store employees out of their pensions years ago. He is what he is.

    I'm really tired of this Black is a victim BS.

    And, why do we have to hear about him day after day after day. He's in a mess because he put himself there.

  6. I bet Conrad Crack will be going back to the Crowbar hotel. where he belongs.

  7. So in the end, if he was running out of his TO office with boxes of papers, did he not have something to hide? Or did he only decide to evacuate to do a reno coincidentally at that point? The media in Canada sucks his a** like no tomorrow. Why is every single editor and reporter so bloody enthralled with this boor? What y'all afraid of? Shuuurley he can't rebuild a career-blacklisting empire at this point? And yes, I just called y'all Shirley. And MacLeans, as much as it's a tickle to hear about Amiel's latest dog's fart in the minivan, really, it's time to cut her loose.

    • He was order to vacate his office by the new management after he was ousted as CEO and had days to move his stuff out. Besides I agree with Miguel Estrada (his legal counsel) that if his convictions 3 mail fraud counts is overturned then it isn't possible for him to be obstructing justice. Even if the obstruction is upheld he has already served 28 months of a 78-month sentence. The court allowed him out on bail because he is likely to have served more time than he would have gotten for an obstruction conviction. (Presumably the other 50 months would be for the 3 counts of mail fraud for depriving the corporation of "honest services"). Quite a few people in this forum want to get him on any charge that will stick a position I can't endorse because the justice system isn't supposed to be used in this manner. Just because he isn't liked is no reason to endorse him getting railroaded!

  8. The United States Government is tyrannical. It refuses to enforce laws the majority of Americans want while it spends millions to trump up charges on a single businessmen an administration does not like. One day Americans will grow tired, angry, and resistant. When that happens, it will be a desperate hour in North America.

  9. Black is NOT Canadian: he turned his back on this country.
    Black is NOT America: he has no idea how the American justice system works.
    Black is NOT human: he has no heart.

    • Your statement on Conrad Black is blatantly reactionary bordering on ridiculous. Black is a human being whether he is benign or malevolent. You have never met the man so don't judge from ignorance. His public persona may smack of hubris but his private life is his own. That is freedom, fought for by millions of men and women so you may own yours too.

  10. I have posted in this forum before as someone sympathetic with Black's plight. I do so because the US Justice System over stepped it boundary and only punishes high profile obnoxious people who won't cut a deal with them (and mar their success rate). If there are laws that Black has broken then let them punish him for those violations. But I don't support the "Get him under any law that is big enough to drive an 18-wheeler through". The prosecutors have to be more ethical than the man they are prosecuting. If he stole money from the corporations he ran then sue him. I can understand the pension surplus gripe but he wasn't successful in that bid. Sorry but I disagree with convicting him on trumped up charges because it ain't legal. It has to be done right to withstand appeal. If he cheated the shareholders by diverting money there are legal remedies to be pursued by the securities regulators of the jurisdiction where he operated. However it is clear that the US Justice System wanted a trophy to display and will be reluctant to let this one get away.

  11. Now that we see QUEBECOR has taken over MOSTLY ALL CANADIAN NEWSPAPERS…we realize why CONRAD BLACK was cut down.

    IT'S SO CANADIANS WILL ONLY READ WHAT FRENCH QUEBECERS LIKE QUEBECOR AND CANADIAN PRESS WRITE !

    VOILA !!