Friday, July 13, 2007

Black convicted

I should have realized he would be convicted for removing the documents. Looking back on it, that one was a slam dunk. I didn't think Black would be convicted on fraud charges.
As for Boultbee, Atkinson and Kipnis, those are big suprises, especially the last guy. While he filled out the paperwork, he did so as an employee and made nothing from the deals.
Now will come sentencing, bail and years of appeals.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mark, you made the classic mistake of thinking like a Canadian and transferring Canadianism to America. This trial was in The United States of America. Sure, Black and company would have been found not guilty on all counts, had it been tried in Canada. We have little respect for the judicial system of any kind here, hell, even ex Prime Ministers enjoy ridiculing the process with golf balls, for shame... for shame....

In America, they don't fawk around, and you had better be innocent beyond a shadow of a doubt or you go to jail 9 times out of 10.

The courts have REAL power in America and is; therefore, RESPECTED. This was a no brainer and it's a good tang you're a historian and not a legal scholar. ;-)

Ottawa Watch said...

I suppose.
Chretien should have been jailed for contempt for the golf ball act.

Anonymous said...

I stand corrected, CTV NEWSNET reminded me of the 95% conviction rate in the state of Illinois for such charges. I should have stated " 9.5 times out of 10." :D

Sorry, but this is a HAPPY day for me. Black put me and my brothers on the street for 4 months to finance his ridiculous greed and revenge is mine, what comes around goes around and all dat... How sweeeeeeeeeeeeet it izzz! :)

Ottawa Watch said...

I can understand your point of view. Black deserves credit for the National Post. He was hell on the Southam and old Thomson papers.

Anonymous said...

What I don't understand is the number of so-called expert lawyers being interviewed, surprised at the convictions. We have videotape evidence of the obstruction of justice charge, there is electronic and paper trail evidence of criminal fraud AND we have a star witness, his right-hand "et tu Brute" man, no less, testifying against him... My god, what else do these *experts* need? This was a SLAM DUNK with the 95% conviction rate ta boot. "Off with his head" I say! :D

Ottawa Watch said...

Yup, the obstruction seems clear unless the material was returned before the SCE subpoenas were known to Black.
The payments on the American Newspaper dead -- payments to Black and Radler for not competing with themselves -- seemed pretty sleazy.
Still, he beat the most aggregious charges: the theft of assets to pay for his lifestyle; racketeering, which is a bitch of a charge, and the whopping CanWest non-competes, which, from the start, were non-starters, since the Graspers really and truly wanted Black out of Canadian media ownership.