Disgraced mogul turns liberal after prison spell
Published 02/08/2010 | 05:00
Holed up in his Palm Beach mansion, an unrepentant Conrad Black has broken his silence for the first time since his release from prison with a paean to the virtues of fine wine, his wife and the pleasures of "pristine quiet, free of loudspeakers, screamed argument and the snoring of a hundred men".
The disgraced media mogul, freed on bail last month after almost two-and-a-half years in prison, also used a comment piece for Canada's 'National Post' to announce (like so many other famous conservatives who end up behind bars) that he has become a convert to the cause of penal reform.
The former proprietor of 'The Daily Telegraph' -- once a paid-up member of the "hang 'em and flog 'em" brigade -- explained that his time among the 1,800 residents of Coleman Low Security Prison in Florida has convinced him of "the fallibility of American justice, which does convict many people, who, like me, would never dream of committing a crime in a thousand years".