Email Kiss And Tell...
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.
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