Conrad Black's appeal rips government's fraud claims

Newspaper mogul Black's appeal rips government's fraud claims
March 14, 2008 3:31:04 PM PDT
Attorneys for jailed former newspaper mogul Conrad Black filed an appeal in his case Friday.The lawyers contend federal prosecutors failed to muster adequate evidence that Black defrauded anyone or tried to hide key documents.

The attorneys told the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that the 62-year-old British baron should get his fraud and obstruction of justice convictions thrown out or at least get a new trial.

A federal court jury acquitted Black on nine of the charges against him at the four-month trial, which ended last July. But jurors convicted him of three fraud counts and one obstruction count.

Black was accused of siphoning off millions of dollars belonging to shareholders in his Hollinger International newspaper holding company