Black's Blind Eye Could Convict

By NewsDude ,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2007 6:18 AM CDT
Conrad Black arrives at the Federal District Court for his fraud case, in Chicago, Tuesday May 8, 2007. David Radler, Conrad Black's former right-hand man is testifying today for the prosecution. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The standard of proof at former media mogul Conrad Black's fraud trial in Chicago will be set low.  In issuing the so-called "ostrich instruction," the judge allowed the jury to convict if Black and his co-defendants deliberately avoided knowing about wrong-doing.

Black is accused of stealing $60 million dollars from Hollinger through sham non-compete agreements entered into with buyers of Hollinger newspaper properties.