Disgraced Newspaper Magnate Conrad Black Released from Prison

By: Mike Fossum - May 4, 2012

Conrad Moffat Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour, the Canadian-born member of the British House of Lords, was released from the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Miami, where he was serving out a sentence for fraud obstruction of justice. He is presently U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in lieu of a possible deportation to Canada, after serving an additional 13 months tacked on to his original sentence of 29.

Black once controlled Hollinger International, Inc. which published major newspapers including The Daily Telegraph (UK), Chicago Sun Times (U.S.), Jerusalem Post (Israel), National Post (Canada), and hundreds of small community papers across the U.S. Black was convicted of defrauding Hollinger out of roughly $60 million , along with partner David Radler, and was originally sentenced to 6.5 years in prison.

Black, 67, has said in the past he seeks to move to Toronto to be with his wife, Barbara Amiel, and was granted a year-long permission for entry into the country effective May 1st, after previously renouncing his citizenship in 2001. Though, Canadians don’t appear to be too excited about Lord Black’s return – NDP leader Thomas Mulcair recently denounced the Canadian government for allowing “the British criminal Conrad Black” back in.

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