June 1, 2009
Conrad Black Asks for Bail Pending a Ruling by the Supremes
Lyle Denniston over at Scotus Blog has Conrad Black's application for bail (see here), and it is noted that the government has until Friday to respond. In the defendant's favor is the fact that a co-defendant has been granted bail pending appeal. Further, the fact that the Supreme Court has accepted certiorari is an important consideration (see here). Despite the summary resolution of the case by the Seventh Circuit (see here), there is a fascinating mail fraud issue that the Court will be reviewing (see here). The disparity in having one co-defendant on bail, and the other incarcerated seems like a strong argument to grant bail when there has been no indication of a flight risk or a danger to society. But lets see what the Government responds.
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It is a bit strange that a co-defendant could be granted bail while the other isn't allowed bail.
Posted by: Matt | Jun 2, 2009 7:32:18 AM
Not a single defendant has gotten bail from any Justice, in any case, since the enactment of the 1984 Bail Reform Act. If Miguel Estrada and David Debold, Black's Supreme Court counsel, pulls this off with Justice Stevens, it will be a monumental achievement.
Posted by: Peter G | Jun 2, 2009 11:28:44 AM