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In full: Conrad Black verdict
Lord Black
Lord Black protests his innocence
Former media tycoon Conrad Black faced a total of 13 charges over claims he stole $60m (29.5m) from investors in newspaper firm Hollinger International.

Three other former Hollinger executives - Jack Boultbee, 64, Peter Atkinson, 60, and Mark Kipnis, 59 - also faced various charges alongside the Canadian-born peer.

The following is a full list of charges and verdicts. Three of the original 16 charges - counts two, three and four - were struck off during the trial.

COUNT ONE - MAIL FRAUD

Relates to "non-compete" payments made by American Publishing Company, a Hollinger subsidiary, involving $2.9m (1.4m).

All four defendants found guilty.

Maximum prison term of five years.

COUNT FIVE - MAIL FRAUD

Non-compete payment regarding David Radler, the former Hollinger president turned star witness for the prosecution.

All four defendants found not guilty.

COUNT SIX - MAIL FRAUD

Non-compete payment made by American Publishing Company.

All four defendants found guilty.

Maximum prison sentence of five years.

COUNT SEVEN - MAIL FRAUD

Non-compete payments from Kentucky-based newspaper group Paxton Media. Involved $600,000 (300,000)

All four defendants found guilty.

Maximum prison term of five years.

COUNT EIGHT - WIRE FRAUD

Non-compete payment from Canadian media group CanWest Global Communications.

All four defendants acquitted.

COUNT NINE - MAIL FRAUD

Non-compete payment from CanWest.

All four defendants acquitted.

COUNT 10 - WIRE FRAUD

The first of three counts dealing with the alleged abuse of corporate perks such as trips to Bora Bora in the Pacific Ocean, and a birthday party for Black's wife Barbara Amiel.

This count relates to misleading statements to the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), America's financial regulator, in 2001.

Only Black and Boultbee were charged, and both were found not guilty.

COUNT 11 - WIRE FRAUD

Misleading statements to the SEC in 2002.

Only Black and Boultbee were charged, and both were acquitted.

COUNT 12 - WIRE FRAUD

Regards Black's Manhattan apartment, involving a sum of $2.15m.

Only Black and Boultbee were charged, and both were acquitted.

COUNT 13 - OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

Removal of boxes from Lord Black's office.

Only Black was charged, and he was found guilty.

Maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

COUNT 14 - RACKETEERING

Running an enterprise whose purpose was to enrich Lord Black and others through fraud.

Only Black was charged, and he was acquitted.

COUNT 15 - TAX FRAUD

Three defendants - Black, Boultbee and Kipnis - were charged. All were found not guilty.

COUNT 16 - TAX FRAUD

All four defendants were cleared.


Terminology guide:

Mail fraud is a US legal concept referring to any scheme which attempts to unlawfully obtain money or valuables in which the postal system is used at some point.

Wire fraud is the same concept, only it concerns electronic transactions, such as a telephone call or e-mail, or radio or television broadcast.

Racketeering refers to the running of an illegal business.

The non-compete payments regard additional funds paid to Hollinger by companies that bought some of its newspapers.

Through receipt of the payments, Hollinger promised not to set up rival titles for a certain period of time.




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