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Judge: Conrad Black sentencing to go on as scheduled in June

Conrad Black

Conrad Black

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With the U.S. Supreme Court so far not intervening, the resentencing of onetime media baron Conrad Black will take place, as scheduled, on June 24, a judge in Chicago said Monday.

Black is to be sentenced on his 2007 conviction for fraud and obstruction of justice involving his handling of money as owner of the Chicago Sun-Times’ former parent company.

Black had served two years of a 6 1/2-year prison term for defrauding investors in Hollinger International before he was freed on bail in June after a landmark Supreme Court decision. The high court sent the case back to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld Black’s conviction on two charges.

Black, who was in court on Monday, is appealing that ruling to the Supreme Court.

On his way out of the federal courthouse, Black was asked if he expected to stop by the trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose corruption case was being heard in the same courthouse. Black smiled and said, “No, no, I do not.”

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