Newspaper Attorney: Conrad Black Asked for $9.5M

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An attorney for community newspapers testified today that he once refused to change a business deal at the last minute to send $9.5 million to media mogul Conrad Black and three of his associates.

Thomas Barnes Henson of Charlotte, North Carolina, was called as a witness Tuesday at Black’s racketeering and fraud trial in Chicago. Henson testified that he didn’t feel comfortable wiring money from the closing to the defendants.

Black and the other former executives are accused of swindling the Hollinger International newspaper empire out of millions of dollars by selling community papers and pocketing money from the buyers.

The defendants say they’re innocent of any wrongdoing. But federal prosecutors contend that money should have gone to Hollinger shareholders.

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