The jury in the Conrad Black trial finally returned a verdict today; nine acquittals, but unfortunately for Black four convictions on the most important charges, which means he is going to prison for a long, long time. Sure he can appeal it; maybe he can get it overturned.
I laugh when people say this is a partial verdict. This is no partial verdict, it's a total f***ing defeat for Black. Any verdict that puts your client in a position to be sent to jail for 35 years is a total f***ing defeat. Even if he's out in 5 or 10 years, it's still prison!!
One of the things taught in law school is that the main job of the defence lawyer is to keep your client out of jail. If you've done that, you've succeeded. Well, Eddie Greenspan and the gang didn't succeed at all in this case. Their client Lord Black is going to rot in jail, possibly until he dies.
Seems like another case to me of someone who was rich and full of himself being convicted for being rich and full of himself. I can't say I am surprised. It's easier to get acquitted of murdering your wife than to escape a white-collar conviction these days. Ask Martha Stewart.