Disgraced media mogul and former Canadian citizen Conrad Black could be out of jail by the end of this coming week, the Toronto Star reports.
Ed Ross, spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons, said release dates are updated by correctional facility staff who adjust for good behaviour credits.
“The projected (date) is the full-term release date less any good conduct credits the individual would have received,” said Ross.
He noted that Black’s release date is officially on Saturday, but since that falls on a weekend he would likely be released the day before.
Black was originally sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison, back in 2007. He had been found guilty on three counts of fraud and one of obstructing justice in connections with dealings at Hollinger International Inc.
The Star noted that a court granted Black bail in 2010 while he launched his appeals. Last year, Judge Amy St. Eve reduced Black’s sentence to 3-1/2 years (he had served 29 months; she ordered an additional 13 months of incarceration). Back to prison he went.
There was some speculation on Twitter Sunday about whether Black would be allowed to reside in Canada after his release — or to reacquire the citizenship he renounced in order to sit in Britain’s House of Lords.
But I saw no evidence of a burgeoning “Bring Conrad Home” movement.
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From CP via CTVNews.ca on Monday, April 30: Conrad Black almost out, but can he return to Canada?
The consensus among the legal experts quoted in the story is that Lord Black of Crossharbour faces an uphill fight to regain the citizenship he relinquished more than a decade ago — a fight made much more difficult by his criminal record.