Conrad gets a 6½-year prison sentence, a US$125,000 fine and must pay $6.1 million in restitution.
His first day of imprisonment is scheduled for March 3, 2008. By coincidence, March 3, 1996 would be my first full day of “freedom” from the Leader-Post, after a Hollinger-orchestrated layoff that left 173 Saskatchewan newspaper workers on the street the day before.
All the best on the appeal front, Mr. Black.
A quick comparison of Black’s sentence compared to that of David Radler, another former top Hollinger executive who pleaded guilty in 2005, agreed to co-operate and received a 29-month sentence — which he can serve in Canada.
Generally speaking, someone serving a Canadian federal prison term gets full parole after serving about 40 per cent of their sentence.
Radler could be out on parole in about a year; less for day parole.
Black will have to serve 85 per cent of his sentence — or about 5½ years (Radler would have had to serve about two years in the U.S.) before getting full parole.
In Canada, to serve 5½ years before getting parole would be like getting a sentence of 13.75 years.
Hubris has its costs.