Hearing to Consider Conrad Black’s Request to Visit Canada Postponed

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By: E&P Staff

A bail hearing in Chicago to consider Conrad Black’s request to visit Canada was rescheduled in accordance with an agreement between the former press baron’s lawyers and prosecutors.

Judge Amy St. Eve delayed an Aug. 16 hearing on bail terms until Sept. 20, which may put it after a U.S. appeals court rules on Black’s criminal convictions. Arguments in the appeal were to be filed by Aug. 16, with a decision is expected shortly thereafter. For the original Aug. 16 hearing, St. Eve said she would consider Black’s request after studying his financial information. Black’s lawyer denied that disclosure of financial information was discussed with prosecutors in arranging the hearing’s delay.

Black was released on bail last month after the Supreme Court narrowed the definition of the honest-services fraud statute, and found improper jury instruction in his trial.

Led by the widely recognized Judge Richard Posner, the appeals panel is expected by many legal experts to dismiss Black’s fraud convictions related to millions of dollars in payments Black held without Hollinger International board approval.

Less clear, the CTV report noted, is the status of Black’s obstruction-of-justice conviction for violating a court order by removing boxes from his Toronto office in 2005.

If all convictions are overturned, Black will be released from prison, making a bail hearing – and disclosure of financial information to St. Eve – unnecessary.

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