Thursday, August 2, 2007

Lord Black Stays Put in the U.S.

U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve turned down Lord Conrad Black's request that he be allowed to return to his home in Toronto while he awaits sentencing.  After his recent conviction on wire fraud charges, the court permitted him to remain free until the sentencing scheduled for November 30 by continuing his $21 million bail conditions that included a restriction on leaving Illinois and requiring him to surrender his U.K. passport.  According to a Vancouver Sun article (here), Judge St. Eve found that Black had not provided sufficient assurances that he would return from Canada and not force the government to seek his extradition, which would delay sentencing by months if not years.  While finding that he is not a flight risk, the Judge expressed concern that a prospective waiver of extradition would be ineffective, raising the prospect of possible delay in the case.  Under the applicable provision, 18 U.S.C. Sec. 3143, Black bears the burden of proving that he will appear at future hearings, and the Judge may have been a bit suspicious of him after his conduct during trial that provoked her ire at one point when she told his attorneys to control their client or she would undertake the task.  So, here he stays for the foreseeable future.  (ph)

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The denial of Black's trip to Canada may come as a disappointment not only to Black himself but also to viewers of his recently created web-cam.
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Posted by: DayNovo | Aug 2, 2007 1:13:05 PM

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