Conrad Black Asks Bush for Clemency

Doing time for fraud, media giant wants sentence commuted
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 21, 2008 9:49 AM CST
Conrad Black arrives at the federal building in Chicago holding the hand of his wife, Barbara Amiel Black, Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, for sentencing in his racketeering and fraud trial.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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(Newser) – Onetime media mogul Conrad Black is seeking clemency from President Bush in hopes that his 6½-year jail sentence will be commuted, the CBC reports. Black, the former chair of newspaper firm Hollinger International, was convicted on fraud and obstruction of justice charges in 2007 for channeling $6 million from his company. No word from the Bush camp on the prospects of Black's release.