Friday 24 November 2017

Ruth Dudley Edwards: I'm over the moon as Conrad Black's courage in the face of adversity pays off

The tide is turning for the former publishing magnate and it's not before time, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

I'm celebrating cautiously a major victory for Conrad Black, about whom I've been writing since mid-March 2007, when his trial on 17 counts including racketeering and tax evasion -- reduced to 13 after much courtroom argument -- began in Chicago.

The 30-odd articles chart my journey (no, I refuse to eschew a perfectly good word just because along with ohmigod, amazing, pink and eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! it's one of the vocabulary staples of female wannabe celebs) from dislike to admiration, as I became convinced that Black was innocent, and increasingly impressed by his courage and doggedness in the face of adversity and his refusal to kowtow to the tormentors, led by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who sees no shades of grey.

I've been corresponding with Black since December 2007, just after he was sentenced to 60 years on the only four charges of which he was found guilty: three of mail fraud and one of obstruction of justice (openly removing documents from his Canadian office in defiance of a court order from Chicago).

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