Appeals Court Upholds Conrad Black Convictions


TORONTO – Canadian media baron Conrad Black on Friday lost a legal battle to overturn convictions for fraud and obstruction of justice in a Chicago courtroom.

The U.S. appeals court gave no reasons for its decision to uphold a lower court decision in September to retain the two convictions, while throwing out two other fraud convictions.

Black's lawyer, Miguel Estrada, said the former media magnate will next appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Black is currently out on bail after spending two years of a six-and-a-half jail term in a Florida prison for four 2007 convictions stemming from the sale of Hollinger International newspapers, including the 2000 sale of 13 major Canadian newspapers to then Canadian broadcaster CanWest Global Communications for $3.04 billion.

If Black is unsuccessful with the U.S. Supreme Court, he could resentencing on the two other 2007 convictions for obstruction of justice and fraud that were upheld in September.