Swindler Black Ordered to Jail

Court rules tycoon must spend appeal process in prison
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 29, 2008 4:00 AM CST
The defense team for convicted newspaper baron Conrad Black including attorneys Edward Genson, seated, and Edward Greenspan, right, leaves the federal building in Chicago Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, after...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Former media tycoon Conrad Black, convicted of swindling millions from his newspaper empire, will be behind bars by Monday night, reports the Chicago Sun-Tribune. A Chicago court ruled that he couldn't remain free on bail while awaiting a decision on his appeal. Black has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for obstruction of justice and defrauding shareholders of Hollinger International, once the third-largest publisher of English-language newspapers in the world.

Two of Black's co-defendants who were sentenced to shorter stints will be allowed to remain free for now. The one-time press baron, forbidden by the court from returning to his native Canada, has been living in his Florida mansion since the guilty verdict in July. He has been ordered to report to a low-security Florida prison Monday. "He is a strong person. He will cope," said his attorney.