Conrad Black Starts 6½-Year Prison Term

Ex-media tycoon surrenders in Fla. as he appeals ruling
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2008 6:54 PM CST
An vehicle that transported Conrad Black to the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman , Fla., Monday, March 3, 2008, leaves the facility. Black will be serving a six-and-a-half-year term for fraud...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ex-newspaper mogul Conrad Black arrived at a Florida prison today to start his 6-and-1/2 year term for fraud and obstruction of justice, Reuters reports. He stayed mum as his wife drove him in, but is appealing the ruling that he helped bilk his former company of $6.1 million. "My book about this outrage is almost ready, so if I must go, I will not be going quietly," he wrote in a recent email.

The former owner of London's Daily Telegraph, Canada's National Post and the Jerusalem Post will likely be deported after his release to England, where he is a member of the House of Lords. He has equated prison to "boarding school, without, one dares to assume, the tedium and indignity of corporal punishment."