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Judge goes to bat for ID-less Lord Black

He may be a Lord, but if he wants to get on a plane, even Conrad Black needs an ID.

The onetime media baron plans to attend Thursday’s hearing in federal court about his criminal conviction but it seemed he was lacking identification.

According to court records, a federal judge issued an order on Tuesday to serve as his bona fides. Black’s United Kingdom-issued passport, which is expired, is in the court’s custody, the order says. “The present order will serve as government-issued identification that will enable Mr. Black to travel by commercial air carrier within the continental United States,” wrote U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve.

Black was serving a 6 1/2-year prison term before he was freed on bail last year because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that put his conviction in question. He returned to his Palm Beach, Fla., home after he was released in July.

One of Black’s lawyers, Miguel Estrada, said Wednesday that Black intends to be in court and wouldn’t comment on whether he lacked photo identification.

“The order speaks for itself,” he said.

Natasha Korecki

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