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No Travel to Canada for Conrad Black: Judge

Former owner of Chicago Sun-Times learns conditions of prison release



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    Conrad Black, the former owner of the Chicago Sun Times may be out of jail for now, but he is still banned from traveling to Canada.

    Black’s attorneys had requested permission for him to return to one of his homes in Toronto.  U.Ss District Judge Amy St. Eve on Friday said that she needed more information about his financial situation before allowing him to return his home up north.

    "I want more certainty," she said. "I need more to make a fully informed decision."

    Black entered the Dirksen US Courthouse with his wife, Barbara Amiel Black, the socialite and columnist whose extravagant tastes may have led to her husband’s downfall. In a 2002 interview with Vogue she stated that her "extravagance knew no bonds," a comment that may have prompted authorities to look into her husband’s financial dealings.

    Black left prison on Wednesday after one of his friends, Roger Hertog, posted $2 million bond. He has spent the past two years in prison after being convicted for fraud. Black was convicted of robbing shareholders of the Hollinger International Inc. out of $6.1 million.

    According to his attorney, Miguel Estrada, Black hoped to be able to go back to his home in Toronto to avoid the media hoopla that surrounded his home in West Palm Beach. Toronto was also a more suitable location for his wife because of medical reasons.

    Barbara has stood by her husband during his time spent in a Florida jail, leaving their West Palm Beach mansion to frequently visit him. The fashionista and journalist has continued her work as a Maclean’s columnist, often giving readers glimpses in the loneliness she has endured since her husband went to jail.

    Black is Barbara's fourth husband whom she married in 1992. The couple had lived together in London before his sentencing.