Ruth Dudley Edwards: Tribulations over, Conrad is back home
Whatever your opinion of the former media magnate, he has earned a respite, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
The email that turned up from admin@-inmate message.com at 11.46 on the morning of May 4 was terse: "Inmate 18330424 -- BLACK, CONRAD no longer has access to the Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System; therefore, he/she may not send or receive messages." It was official: Black had been freed.
Black is wearing out his enemies, but there were still a few left with the energy to hope that when he was discharged from his Florida jail he would be barred from Canada, where his wife lives, and ignominiously deported by the US to the UK.
Famously, in 2001, the then Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who disliked the criticism levelled at him in Black's newspapers, forced him to renounce his citizenship to take up the peerage.