Trump pardons Conrad Black for 2007 fraud convictions in U.S.

Lester Mason
May 16, 2019

Not only that Black would receive a full pardon from criminal charges, as he did on Wednesday, but that the pardon would be communicated by a White House led by a former business associate, real estate tycoon Donald Trump - a bit player in the saga of Black's fall from atop an worldwide media empire spanning three continents. Black, a 74-year-old Canadian-born media mogul, was the CEO of Hollinger Inc., which was once the third-largest English-language newspaper conglomerate, owning the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Telegraph, and the Jerusalem Post.

Black, 74, spent nearly 3½ years in a Florida prison before being released and deported back to Canada. He was released from a Florida prison in May 2012 and deported from the United States.

The White House said Trump offered clemency to Patrick Nolan, a former Republican legislator who allied with Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, on prison revisions previous year, and to Lord Conrad M. Black of Crossharbour, a Canadian-born former newspaper publisher who authored a book titled "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other".

"Lord Black's case has attracted broad support from many high-profile individuals who have vigorously vouched for his exceptional character", the White House said in a statement announcing the pardon.

An appeals court later overturned two of the convictions but left two in place, according to the Associated Press.

"My long ordeal with the US justice system was never anything but a confluence of unlucky events, the belligerence of several corporate governance charlatans, and grandstanding local and American judges", Black wrote. During his 2007 trial, Trump had been expected to testify as a witness in Black's defense, before Black's lawyers chose to not have him testify. He could defend himself against charges of public corruption and risk decades in prison, or he could plead guilty and accept a 33-month sentence. "This impressive list includes former Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Sir Elton John, Rush Limbaugh, the late William F. Buckley, Jr., and many additional notable individuals".

Did Donald Trump offer Michael Cohen a presidential pardon? He spent more than three years in prison. Trump gave him permission to say the motivation for the pardon was an unjust verdict.

Last year Trump granted a full pardon to Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative author and firebrand.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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