His Blackness entered the Big House around noon local time today, and I don’t mean his mansion in West Palm Beach, Fla.
(A small flub on CBC Radio One’s The World At Six; The announcer described Conrad Black as a man who once ran “the third-largest newspaper country in the world” )
Inmate number 18330-424 is now ensconced at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex about 80 kilometres northwest of Orlando.
If Conrad Black doesn’t win his appeal, scheduled for June, he’ll likely be there for about 5½ years. He was sentenced in December to 6½ years on the four of 13 counts on which he was found guilty. However, under U.S. rules, he will have to serve about 85 per cent of that total before being eligible for parole.
By my earlier calculation, Black would have to be sentenced to nearly 14 years to serve that much time before likely getting full parole in Canada (most federal inmates get it after serving 40 per cent of their sentences, but one can apply for full parole after serving one-third).
Of all the things he did in his life, I wonder if Black has the greatest regret about tossing his Canadian citizenship to accept an appointment to Britain’s House of Lords.
Radler, a key if ineffectual witness against his long-time business partner, may well get a transfer to Canada and be eligible for day parole in as little as six months. That privilege is lost to Black, who is now a British citizen.
If Frank is correct, Radler was never big on the National Post, thinking it didn’t make business sense.
Question: Of these two former Hollinger executives, which one has the better judgment? Which one is paying a higher price for his hubris?
And since you asked, itwas indeed a rhetorical question.