Conrad Black Sent Back to Prison
At resentencing he's handed 3.5 years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 24, 2011 3:47 PM CDT
Conrad Black arrives at Federal Courthouse with his wife Barbara Amiel, Friday, June 24, 2011 in Chicago.   (Kiichiro Sato)
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(Newser) – Conrad Black faced two fates at resentencing today: free for good or back to prison. He got stuck with the latter. Judge Amy St. Eve ruled that the once-powerful media mogul had not served enough time for defrauding investors and sentenced Black to 3.5 years in prison. Prosecutors say he will be given credit for about two years he already had served. Black's wife, Barbara, seated on a courtroom bench, collapsed into the laps of other spectators as the sentence was delivered, and medics were called to attend to her.

Black had addressed St. Eve for about 20 minutes before the sentence was imposed, saying, "I never ask for mercy, but I do ask for avoidance of injustice." A jury convicted Black in 2007, and at the time St. Eve sentenced him to 6.5 years for defrauding investors in Hollinger International Inc. But Black was freed on bail after serving two years to let him to pursue what would be partially successful appeals. The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago last year tossed out two of Black's fraud convictions but upheld a conviction for fraud and one for obstruction of justice. It said St. Eve would have to sentence Black again for those two standing counts.