BLACK TIMES Conrad
Let the legal circus begin! Media mogul Lord Conrad Black of Crossharbour's fraud trial kicks off this week in Chicago. Despite facing jail time for allegedly ripping off more than $80 million from Hollinger International shareholders to pad his glittery lifestyle, Black isn't worried.
In a Tatler article on newsstands tomorrow, the mogul says he is assured of vindication and that, "I have never had the slightest doubt of the outcome of a fair trial, knowing that the judgment of the legality of my actions will lie in the hands of 12 American citizens, in one of that country's greatest cities, more or less at the bar of Abraham Lincoln and Clarence Darrow."
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All flattery aside, Black isn't conceding any wrongdoing and has frequently lashed out at those who've suggested impropriety in using company funds to pay for his domestic staff, family birthday parties, and the refurbishment of his private jet.
If he does get off scot-free, it's a safe bet he'll have compiled a list of names not to be included on the guest list for his next caviar-soaked bash in London. After the jump, the Black list ...