Poor guy, his ego has been depleted.
While most people don’t know who this guy is, a lot of Canadians do. It’s no wonder the media gives him too much attention when there are much more important issues in this world. Just wish the media stops publishing articles about him. Who cares what this arrogant, greedy douchebag has to say.
He’s soo arrogant, so much so that he thinks he’s so powerful and that he can take on the US Justice System. Who does he think he is?? I’ll tell ya, he’s a fuckin moron. Just shup up and do your time already! They should of slapped on 4 more years just for being a twat. And send him to the prison with hardcore criminals and not ClubFed.
He begs for leniency from he judge. But listen, It’s a ripple affect, you commit a crime you create victims, including your loved one’s because everyone’s affected. NEXT TIME DO NOT COMMIT A CRIME and your family won’t endure any hardship. The US justice system doesn’t care about your rich spoiled wife who’s gonna miss you.
And btw, YOU’RE NOT WELCOME BACK INTO CANADA! So STAY OUT! Biach.
WASHINGTON—He may be going back to prison. But Conrad Black says he is doing so with something approaching relish, determined to use his time behind bars to get in fighting shape for the final phase in his war for vindication against the U.S. justice system.
“This is a war, and wars don’t end until the fight stops,” Black, 66, told the Star in a candid series of emails Monday.
“We are moving to a battlefield that is a much more level battlefield than an American criminal court, where the government almost always wins, and not with a fig leaf of fake, retrieved counts, as in this case.”
The former Hollinger International press baron described his initial 29 months at Florida’s Coleman Correctional Complex as “interesting and fulfilling.”
And as he readies to go back in six weeks, either to Coleman or possible to another facility closer to the Canadian border, Black shrugged off the setback, saying, “I’m looking forward to a holy crusade to reduce weight and tone up muscles, and seven to eight months is no problem.”
While Black’s legal team is still weighing possible appeal against last Friday’s re-sentencing outcome in Chicago, he said any further court proceedings “are not going to delay anything.
“I do expect to resurrender to prison in August and I must add that this is exactly what I expected and it doesn’t especially discountenance me,” said Black.
But even before he regains liberty, likely around February or March, 2012, Black is readying to re-launch his war for redemption with the release of A Matter of Principle, his own book-length account of his eight-year legal odyssey.
“We are fixing the publication date now, but likely in the next six months . . . I urge you not to game this prematurely,” Black wrote. “Some victims of this awful system are harder to grind to powder than others. They (U.S. prosecutors) had their chance — they opened demanding life and impoverishment and got three years and $435,000. And now it’s my turn.”
Black’s long-awaited book will inevitably take nuclear aim at prosecutors, journalists and assorted “Black-bashers” who began piling on the founder of the National Post from the beginning.
But with only two of the original raft of 17 charges ultimately sticking, on a sentence reduced Friday by three years — and with Black one day earlier settling a series of libel and civil suits expected to net him some $8 million — he clearly feels a sense of reputational momentum.
Black also clarified his future plans, to the extent that he is able to control them. Yes, he is looking to his native Canada — but as an occasional home, where he and Barbara Amiel might spend time when not in the United Kingdom, where he also expects to reside. A dual-residency is what they both envision, as before.
Having renounced his Canadian citizenship he has “absolutely no intention whatsoever” of applying for it anew. But once he has his liberty and a renewed British passport, Black said, “I don’t believe there is any difficulty being a temporary resident in Canada.”
Officials with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, answering questions hypothetically and not specific to Black’s case, confirmed that a temporary residency permit for individuals convicted of a crime is attainable “in compelling cases.” But the issue is complex and by no means guaranteed.
From whichever perch Black eventually attains in freedom — Toronto, London or both — he understands that some of the damage he sustained since 2004 is permanent.
“Of course, total victory is not available,” he wrote in a fourth and final email to the Star.
“I have lost eight years, it will be three in prison when I finish, though I tried to make the most of them, and people believe what they want to believe.
“Many will wish to believe the worst. I think the preponderance of comparatively learned opinion will be with me, already is.
“And I will survive this, physically and as a moral person, and financially, and not ruined, ostracized and broken. . . . Given the correlation of forces between the United States of America and Conrad Black, I feel I’ve done well. But wars are fierce and terrible and some wounds never heal.”
As for the notion that prison changed him, Black offers a qualified yes.
“Changed from Coleman? I suppose so because of my close encounter with echelons of society I had not seen so closely or in such numbers before,” he wrote.
“But (I have) not changed fundamentally. And I think the commendation from the judge, though I was grateful for it, was in part a justification for having sent me there, an act that is not, in fact, justifiable, of the case.”
One other point Black wants clearly understood — his wife is in “excellent health” and has returned to Toronto. He stresses this point, expressing his distaste for the cluster of headlines that followed Amiel’s collapse in court last Friday as his return to prison was announced.
“My wife fainted because she had not slept much the previous two nights and momentarily thought the judge was sentencing me to 42 more months rather than reducing the original sentence by three full years,” he wrote.
But the coverage of Amiel’s brief swoon simply reinforced for Black that the sooner he can shift his battle out of the U.S. courts and away from the media that inhabit them, the better. The book is his weapon now.
“It is now going to public relations, and beyond the antics of journalists . . . You will enjoy my book, and you won’t have long to wait for it; do not imagine that this controversy is over, or that it will dwindle into eddies like momentary fainting spells of spouses,” wrote Black.