The Long Arm Of The Law...
Concerned he might not get a fair trial, deposed newspaper baron Conrad Black is seeking to block his old holding company, Ravelston, from copping a plea.
After a Canadian judge on Wednesday allowed the receiver overseeing Ravelston to plead guilty to a criminal charge, Black's legal team is appealing the ruling.
Black's lead lawyer, Edward Greenspan, said he expected to file a lengthy appeal late yesterday.
The receiver reached a plea deal last month with U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in Chicago, where Black is slated to go on trial in March to face charges he plundered millions from the far-flung newspaper empire he once controlled.
Black, 62, controlled his newspaper companies, Chicago-based Hollinger International and Toronto-based Hollinger Inc., through his stake in Ravelston.
Restrictions have been put on the Canadian-born media magnate's control of the Toronto-based holding company, which went into receivership in 2005.
Greenspan said a hearing on the appeal could be held as soon as next week.
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