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Conrad Black goes back to prison

Conrad Black

Conrad Black

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Updated: November 9, 2011 11:37AM

Onetime media baron Conrad Black reported back to prison Tuesday — this time in a low security facility in Miami. He also filed a lawsuit against his former business partner, F. David Radler, whose testimony helped put him in prison.

Black, 67, entered into FCI Miami Florida at about 1 p.m. Eastern time, said U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke.

Black had served 29 months of a 6 ½ year-sentence at another facility, FCI Coleman, about 50 miles north of Orlando, before he was released on bond in 2010 as his appeal rose to the U.S. Supreme Court. In June, a federal judge said he must serve 13 more months of his sentence. He did not get his wish to return to the same facility.

Black, who once headed a vast media empire and is a member of Britain’s House of Lords, was convicted in 2007 for defrauding investors in Hollinger International Inc., former owner of the Chicago Sun-Times.

A federal appeals panel eventually reversed two of four counts against him and gave prosecutors the option of retrying those. They declined. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve re-sentenced Black on two remaining counts of fraud and obstruction of justice in a dramatic hearing that ended with Black’s wife, Barbara, fainting.

Black on Tuesday sued Radler in Cook County Circuit Court, accusing him of actions that illegally hurt the value of Black’s stake in Horizon Publications Inc,, a Marion, Ill.-based chain of small newspapers. Radler controls a 50 percent stake in Horizon while Black owns 27 percent, the suit said.

Calling Radler “an infamous Canadian citizen” and referring to his “Cain-like betrayal of Lord Black,” the complaint accuses him of illegally adding shareholders and debt to Horizon.

Radler, former publisher of the Sun-Times, was paroled after serving of a 29-month prison term for his role in the Hollinger fraud and testified against Black.

Contributing: David Roeder

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