Conrad Black used to run a publishing empire - Hollinger International. He was sort of a pint-sized Rupert Murdoch. He became a British lord in 2000, and he gave up his Canadian citizenship to do it. He’s also a peerless wingnut, and he’s married to another conservative nutjob - Barbara Amiel Black. He’s an author, though some criticize him for using three words where one would do. And, as of yesterday, he’s federal prisoner 18330-424.
What did Conrad do? Eh, just a bit of minor-league looting of his company, but he’d forgotten that company was publicly-traded and didn’t belong to him. Ooops. More fun facts after the jump.
Conrad Black also refuses to admit he did anything wrong:
Defiant and bombastic to the last, Conrad Black hurled Churchillian rhetoric at his accusers yesterday before bidding farewell to his wife, Barbara Amiel, and surrendering to authorities at the largest penitentiary in the United States.
“They will have their fleeting moment of brutish triumph,” the former press baron said, but added: “It’s no real triumph for them; it’s a complete travesty of justice. It doesn’t bother me because it won’t last long.”
Unfortunately for Conrad, the jurors were treated to a video of him taking thirteen boxes of evidence from his office. Conrad said he took the boxes because he was evicted, but the government thought it just might have been obstruction of justice. Sadly for Conrad, so did the jury.
Just before he headed for the slammer, Conrad wrote an op-ed in the New York Sun, railing against what he says is a gross injustice. He’ll be out in about six years. And those who know him say he’ll take his revenge.