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Conrad Black arrives at federal court for a bond hearing on July 23 in Chicago. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images/Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Conrad Black arrives at federal court for a bond hearing on July 23 in Chicago. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images/Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Norman Spector

Why Lord Black isn't returning to Canada Add to ...

Perusing my morning read, I see that Conrad Black won't be asking to return to Canada after all - contrary to what we've been led to expect. It appears that Lord Black's "lawyers fear the affidavit revealing his financial information could be used by prosecutors to revoke his bail. They tried to have Lord Black give back his bail money in 2006, saying he lied on a similar affidavit, but that effort was unsuccessful…"

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Unusually, this report and similar reports by CBC and CTV cite an article that appears on the front page of Friday's National Post to explain this surprising development. I say unusual, because, as a reader, the National Post is not the first place I look for reliable news on the Conrad Black saga.

In this case, in addition to concerns about the information falling into the hands of the IRS, I find a better explanation for Lord Black's decision not to file additional financial information in a report filed two weeks ago by Ravi Baichwal, a Canadian working at WLS-TV Chicago. In that report, Mr. Baichwal quotes Hugh Totten, a Chicago attorney and long-time observer of the trial, as predicting that Lord Black will be permitted to return to Canada but that he has one major difficulty to overcome:

"He has a very delicate balancing act right now, because he has a bunch of civil litigants that are very interested in where his assets are."

 

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