Trump Pardons Former Media Mogul Conrad Black


President Donald Trump has issued a full pardon for Conrad Black, a former media mogul who was convicted on counts of wire fraud and obstruction of justice and who also wrote a biography that praised the president last year.

According to a lengthy post on Black’s website, Trump called Black and told him personally of the pardon. Evidently after checking with White House counsel, Trump told Black that he was granting the pardon to reverse an injust verdict.

The Washington Post reported that the White House said in a statement that Black was “entirely deserving” of the pardon.

Black was convicted in 2007 on three counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice, though two of the fraud charges were later dropped on appeal. He was initially sentenced to six and a half years in prison, but that was reduced to 42 months after the other fraud charges were overturned. He was also required to pay a fine of $125,000, as well as paying the SEC $4.1 million.

The fees stemmed from Black embezzling funds in the course of the sale of a few of his firm Hollinger Worldwide’s publishing property. Hollinger Worldwide was one of many largest newspaper publishers on the planet, and included such publications because the Chicago Solar-Occasions, The Day by day Telegraph, The Jerusalem Put up and the Nationwide Put up (Canada).

Black, who was born Canadian — although he holds British citizenship and is a British peer — was deported to Canada after being launched in 2012. He was barred from returning to america for 30 years.

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