Mar 1, 2007

Email Kiss And Tell...

Black seeks to bar blinging e-mail evidence at trial

Conrad Black on Wednesday asked a federal judge to bar prosecutors from using 11,000 e-mails he exchanged with his wife as evidence against him at his nearing fraud trial.

"The law does not take kindly to in-court revelation of communications between spouses," Black's lawyers said in a three-page brief.

They said the government plans to use the e-mails to prove that Black knew that Hollinger International Inc., which he ran at the time, was paying for Barbara Amiel Black's shopping expeditions and other expenses.

Kimberly Nerheim, a spokeswoman for U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, declined to comment Wednesday.

Black and three other former Hollinger executives are charged with looting $80 million from shareholders of Hollinger International, publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers. It is now called Sun-Times Media Group Inc.

Prosecutors also accuse Black of tapping shareholder funds for a two-week vacation in Bora Bora, refurbishing his Rolls Royce and other personal expenses.

Black and his co-defendants have pleaded not guilty. Jury selection is scheduled to start March 14 dashing any hopes for Patrick Fitzgerald getting a vacation anytime soon.

Also Wednesday, Sun-Times Media Group lost a bid in Ontario court to freeze Black's assets because the request is premature, a Canadian judge said.

The judge also rejected a request to interview the Blacks before a hearing on the freeze.
FYI, if you click the label/link "Conrad Black' it provides backstory information in this blog.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the law on e-mails? Between spouses?

8:35 AM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

$80 is a lotta cash to take people for-and the wife had no problem spending no matter where it came from ? But I too thought it was privileged, what's the gov argument for that-SPB? Very curious about that- another very interesting case.

Good Morning JB's I'm going to an interesting talk tonight a professor will give about the 2006 vote. I heard the local BOE asked the case against them and their machines be dropped for lack of proof-magistrate said nope, move forward.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Vacation Destination said...

He goes to Bora Bora and Fitz gets nothing?


8:43 AM  
Anonymous Haole Boy said...

Fitz can look himself in the mirror every morning and know that he is a good, honest and decent man.

Can Conrad?

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Party Like Its 1929 said...

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8:50 AM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Good Morning Everyone! :)

No vacation for Fitzie? Work, work and no play? When will the Prosecutor ever rest? When all of the evildoers are behind bars? In that case, Fitzie will never get a vacation!

Batman lives! LOL Just kidding Fitz, bring on the Justice and smoke 'em out! hehe

9:41 AM  
Anonymous teak said...

11,000 emails to his wife? Did these two ever hear of speaking to each other the old fashion way?

Maybe there will be a "Delay" type of tag sale coming on...pleading poverty. *eye-roll.

BTW, how are you all enjoying the weather to the east? If is nice and balmy...look out. Tornadoes, severe thunder storms, hail and then winter blast of wind and snow headed your way.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Quzi said...


Did you see Cheney's reaction to Fitzie's dessert last night?

Good Morning Fitzie and Justice Bloggers...

I hear the jurors are buying stock in Post-Its...

The Black case will be interesting. As far as privileged communications between spouses, I believe there are cases where that privilege was not held up -- as in the case of a wife who had been named in the indictment as an unindicted co-conspirator... I know there are exceptions to that rule.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous teak said...

This might explain why he wife needs to shop to people and why ole Conrad needed to keep wifey happy. Gold diggers and Old Geezers.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Quzi said...

First pic of the deliberation room!

Pilfered this comment/link from FDL poster ccmask. Couldn't resist... ;)

10:41 AM  
Blogger patriot girl said...

Good morning JB's & Fitzman.

No rest for the weary I see. Wow... 11,000 e-mails! I wonder how many years worth of e-mails that is? I see they are grasping at straws with the marital communications priveledge (I had to look this one up). Many courts say that "converstations about ongoing or future criminal activty that the spouses are undertaking jointly are not protected by the marital com. priv." (US vs. Westmoreland).


Quzi - very funny pic!

SPB - thanks for that yesterday.


I heard the Dem. National headquarters got broken into a couple of days ago and stuff got stollen. Funny how history relives itself.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

America's famous prosecutor's picture and some excellent links.

11:01 AM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

Thanks for that Patriot Girl (US vs. Westmoreland) Makes sense to me;-)

11,000 emails she must have been doing a lot of shopping is that rec stolen prop?

11:23 AM  
Anonymous teak said...

"Blinging e-mail evidence at trial"


11:46 AM  
Blogger S-Q said...


That's quite a deliberations room! They had better be careful, they may start a new office fad! LOL

12:05 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"Conrad Black on Wednesday asked a federal judge to bar prosecutors from using 11,000 e-mails he exchanged with his wife as evidence against him at his nearing fraud trial."

Conrad is not different from Ken Lay's wife who is now the overseer of her husband's estate. And of course, there were exchanges between Conrad and his wife regarding ripping off the shareholders. Glad there is a freese on Black's assets. Look forward to Black's trial.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Kathleen M. Dickson said...

Hey Paddy,

Whaddawee gonna do with you so busy and weez not habbin any US Attoineys in Corrupticut?

Is the FBI ever gonna get McSweegan or what?


5:36 PM  

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