Black Trial Jury Unable to Reach Verdict

12 July 2007

CHICAGO: Lord Conrad Black of Crossharbour, peer of the British realm and former newspaper magnate, still awaits the verdict of 'twelve good Americans' as to how and where he will spend his remaining years.

In its ninth day of deliberation, the jury advised Judge Amy St Eve it was unable to reach a verdict on His Lordship's guilt or otherwise, nor that of his three co-defendants, on criminal counts that include mail fraud, wire fraud and racketeering.

The jurors accordingly sought advice from Judge St Eve, who called them before her to reiterate her original instructions that they make "every reasonable effort" to reach a unanimous decision.

The dutiful dozen then returned to the jury room.

Meantime, Black (62) faces a maximum penalty of 101 years in federal prison and fines amounting to millions of dollars if convicted on all counts.

But even if convicted, few lawyers believe he will receive such a draconian sentence.

Data sourced from Wall Street Journal Online. additional content by WARC staff