Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Your Bail, M'lord

What constitutes honest services? The Supreme Court of the United States decided that legislation making it illegal to deny "honest services" was too vague. His Lordship in the Florida prison heaved a sigh of relief.

Because of questions surrounding the legality of the honest services law that was used to convict him, Conrad Black, Peer of the Realm, has been granted bail.

Off with the orange jumpsuit. Back in to finely tailored suits and silk boxers.

At the close of His Lordship's trial, the judge instructed the jury as to the honest services portion of the fraud charge. The Supreme Court, in finding that the law isn't clear, determined that Mr. Black's trial might have been tainted.

He would, in that case, have to be tried under under some other statute that fits the crime of robbing shareholders blind and using the corporate accounts like private banks.

On the other hand, the appeals court could determine that there was plenty of other cause for the jury to convict the man who brought down Hollinger International and very nearly killed the Chicago Sun-Times. In that case, the conviction stands and it's back to the orange jumpsuit.

His Lordship will want his legal team to seek as many continuances as possible. The longer this drags out, the longer he can enjoy his former posh lifestyle as Lord Black of Some-Obscure-Place-In-England.

He looks spectacular in scarlet and ermine. He simply doesn't look good in orange.

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