Wednesday, March 14, 2007

CONRAD BLACK TRIAL IS ON


Today was jury selection day at the Conrad Black trial down in Chicago.

The folks at Toronto Life have a trial blog going. You can find it at this link. And since the Wall Street Journal Law Blog usually mentions this case here's the link to that. But I notice they are concentrating on other things, like those firings of all those U.S. prosecutors by the government.

I have a question. Why is it that the United States gets all the most interesting trials? I mean, there are certainly people who will call this Canada's trial of the century. But it isn't Canada's trial of the century at all, because the whole thing is in Chicago! But you can bet a lot of Canadians are going to be there, cheering the prosecution on and hoping Black gets his comeuppance. Anyway, there are definitely no cameras--- we are getting sketch artists showing drawings of what is happening in court.

Personally, I think Black is doomed. Rich people are on a big losing streak these days when it comes to fraud cases and the like. Look at the crowd from Enron, look at Martha Stewart, look at all those people. Although that Hewlett-Packard chairman Patricia Dunn got off today. But most of these folks have had the book thrown at them. We shall see.

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