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Conrad Black Sentenced to 42 Months



    Conrad Black was hoping his legal victories in the Supreme Court and the Seventh District Court of Appeals would convince a federal judge that he had already spent enough time in prison. (Published Friday, June 24, 2011)

    A federal judge deciding on the future of media mogul Conrad Black sentenced him to 42 months in prison for mail fraud.

    Upon the reading his sentence, Black's wife collapsed in her bench. She was revived by her family and escorted out of the courtroom by marshalls. 

    Black glanced over his shoulder to see what was happening, but did not go to her.

    The 66-year-old Black had already served 29 months in a Florida Federal prison for a number of convictions, but he was was freed after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the "theft of honest services" law under which he was partially convicted was unconstitutionally vague. 

    Arguing against his reincarceration, Black's attorneys pointed to his time in prison where they say he was a teacher, tutor and mentor. Other reports say he treated his fellow inmates like servants.