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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Conrad black still not in jail

I find it unfathomable that convicted fraudster Conrad Black remains a free man, despite being sentenced on 10 December 2007. He is due 'inside' on March 3, almost three months from sentencing and eight months from his July 2007 conviction.

It gets better, now Black is asking for the start of his jail sentence to be delayed while he composes his appeal. What about all the other convicts languishing inside while they appeal their verdicts? I suppose they have never been a lord so it is different for them. Black has put up $21m bail, but still stands guilty so should be inside. I am hopeful after his previous request for a delayed start to his sentence was denied on Janaury 31.

Just as a reminder, this is the man William Hague recommended for a peerage when Tory leader.

2 comments:

Fintan said...

Don't worry, Tim. He'll be in the crowbar hotel in only 13 days' time. All that stalling has only meant his release date is further away. He'll have to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole in the US Federal system. If he hadn't spat on his Canadian citizenship to take a seat in the House of Lards, he could have done his time in a Canadian nick and been out in less than 2 years. Karma has a wonderful way of catching up with crooks like him!

Timmymc said...

I always thought the Edward Norton film, the 25th hour was a bit unrealistic, where he goies and makes peace with his friends before going to jail. Black seesm to be doing the same.

85% is a long portion of the sentence, in the UK it is usually 50%.