I think Lord Black's U.S. convictions were wrong and without merit. Hopefully the US Supreme Court will agree. This is a case of overzealous prosecution. Lord Black should be freed.
When Conrad Black entered the U.S. justice system, he was a little-known Canadian-born press baron snared by America's renowned white-collar crime dragnet. Three years later, however, the noted historian could be on the verge of leaving an indelible mark on the way that country prosecutes white-collar criminals in the future.
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to release its highly anticipated decision on the honest services statute by the end of June and many legal observers, including those who prosecuted Lord Black under the controversial law, predict the top court will strike down the 28-word act as unconstitutionally vague. "I really do believe that the
convictions on honest services violations for Conrad Black are going to be vacated," says Bennett L. Gershman, a law professor at Pace University in New York.