Conrad Black Sentenced to 6 1/2 Years, Keeps Homes in Palm Beach and NYC

Conrad Black didn't do too badly at his sentencing today. He got 6 1/2 years, the bottom of the guidelines, he has to return $6.1 million and pay a $125,000 fine. The Government initially sought a 24 year sentence, but after the Judge rejected its guideline computations and adopted a guideline range of 6 1/2 to 8 years, it dropped its request to 8 years. Still, Black got the bottom of the range. Also,

The judge allowed Black to remain free on bail until March 3, when he is to report to prison. She granted a defense request that he serve his term at a low security facility at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. She rejected U.S. requests to seize Black's Palm Beach, Florida, home or the proceeds of the sale of his Manhattan apartment.

....The judge rejected U.S. efforts to sentence Black under tougher guidelines or to consider the higher fraud amount found by the internal Hollinger investigation.

Turns out, Eglin's closed, so he'll have to go somewhere else.

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    He got off lightly (none / 0) (#1)
    by Natal on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 04:37:05 PM EST
    He never showed any remorse whatsoever. And extensively bad-mouthed the American justice system to the press on every occasion. One wonders what the judge's logic was going for the low-end, delaying incarceration, and accommodating practically of all the defense's requests.

    Nutshell (none / 0) (#2)
    by manys on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 05:15:12 PM EST
    Contrast this story with Michael Vick's sentencing.

    Black & White (none / 0) (#3)
    by squeaky on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 05:43:27 PM EST