Conrad Black is no mafia boss – but he does have the world’s most deliberative jury…
Jurors in Chicago will reconvene on Monday morning – for what will be their eighth day of deliberations.
Lord Black is facing nine counts of fraud, one of obstruction of justice and one of racketeering.
I don’t know how long it should take a jury to decide these things. It seems like a lot of charges, but they all relate to the same behaviour (and the racketeering is an American thing).
Again, nobody in the US gives a shit. The Canadian and UK media are all over this (think Enron, for scale of interest). I wouldn’t expect too many US journalists to be amongst these crowds:
In fact the reason Lord Black is being tried in Chicago is because his former company, Hollinger International, was based there. Funnily enough, being in Chicago, he’s downstairs from a far more interesting trial – the mafia!
…while the former chief executive of the Hollinger press empire waits to hear whether he will go to jail, a new trial has begun in the same court building.
Four former mafia bosses stand accused of a lifetime of involvement in organised crime.
They are all in their 60s and 70s. The oldest – Joey “the Clown” Lombardo – is 78.
The offences alleged include 18 murders.
Yeah, that’s way more interesting. If convicted on the racketeering charge, though, Black goes to gaol for just as long – I compared Black to Jeffrey Skilling a few days ago, for the same reasons. This makes that racketeering charge a cool one, because it carries with it the big penalty (20 years), which is why Black and Skilling, for all the differences in their crimes, face similar penalties.