Sunday 22 April 2018

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Black may be brash, but he shouldn't be demonised

Out on bail, the former media tycoon has returned to his loyal wife, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

'Inmate 18330424 -- Black, Conrad M', explained an email from the inmate-messaging service on Wednesday evening, 'no longer has access to the Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System; therefore, he/she may not send or receive messages.'

So, with great pleasure, I amended my records to revert to the address I had used before March 3, 2008, the day Conrad Black entered Florida's Coleman Federal Correctional Complex to serve a 60-year sentence. He is out on bail now and even those who hate him most and hope he will be retried and found guilty doubt that he is likely to go back to jail.

Just for now, Black's well-wishers should be leaving him alone to revel in his reunion with Barbara Amiel, who over the past seven years has disappointed so many ill-wishers because of her dogged loyalty to the embattled husband whom they believed she would abandon to his fate.

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