Black Remains at Liberty While Awaiting Sentence

20 July 2007

CHICAGO: Lord Conrad Black, whose luck ran out when adjudged guilty on Friday July 13 on four counts of fraud and obstruction of justice, was on Thursday allowed bail while awaiting sentencing.

But the convicted peer lost his freedom to roam beyond Chicago and his home in Palm Beach, Florida while facing his possible fate - up to thirty-five years in jail plus fines running to tens of millions of dollars.

Prosecutors opposed bail on grounds that Black, who is appealing the verdicts, might abscond to Canada and resist extradition. Judge Amy St Eve, however, downplayed that risk, opining there to be "clear and convincing evidence" it would not happen.

Data sourced from BBC Online (UK); additional content by WARC staff