Press Baron Stays Out of Prison

Lord Black free on bail until sentencing
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2007 5:27 AM CDT
Conrad Black, former head of the Hollinger International Inc. newspaper empire, departs the federal courthouse with his wife Barbara Amiel after his detention hearing before U.S. District Judge Amy St....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Press baron Conrad Black will remain free on $21-million in bail until his sentencing for three counts of fraud and one of obstructing justice. Prosecutors fear that if he's out on bail he'll flee to Canada because he's facing 30 years in prison, he's rich, and he hasn't shown respect for the court.

The judge refused to revoke bail but ordered Black to stay in the Chicago area. Black was born in Canada but renounced his citizenship in 2001 to accept a seat in the British House of Lords; his Canadian visitor's visa is good until November 27. His lawyers have offered to wave all extradition rights; prosecutors say such a waver might not be binding under Canadian law.