Monday, May 14, 2007

Cross-Examination in the Conrad Black Trial

The Toronto Star tells of the cross-examination of the government's star witness, David Radler.  And there were no surprises in seeing the credibility of this witness being questioned. The issue for the jury will be to assess the testimony of this witness and determine whether it is truthful.  The defense will argue that it is tainted by the "deal" Radler received. Defense questions focused on the "deal" and whether the leniency provided to this witness was the motivating factor behind Radler's statements implicating Black.

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There's something about this trial that I don't get. Maybe someone can help clarify it for me.

My understanding is that the basic crime here is one of taking non-compete payments without approval from the company.

Those payments did take place. Yet it's the contention of the defence that only Radler committed the crime.

How does that wash, if all the accused received the payments?

In other words, where is the illegality, and can only Radler be responsible for it?

I hope that makes sense.

Posted by: Dennis (Second Thoughts) | May 15, 2007 6:30:07 AM

There's something about this trial that I don't get. Maybe someone can help clarify it for me.

My understanding is that the basic crime here is one of taking non-compete payments without approval from the company.

Those payments did take place. Yet it's the contention of the defence that only Radler committed the crime.

How does that wash, if all the accused received the payments?

In other words, where is the illegality, and can only Radler be responsible for it?

I hope that makes sense.

Posted by: Dennis (Second Thoughts) | May 15, 2007 8:32:21 AM

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