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Conrad Black

JOHN GRESS

Conrad Black has never been a stranger to controversy. So, it's no wonder that his recent legal issues have become a matter of public debate as well. Here's what people are saying about his release:





Our thieving former owner Conrad Black to be released on $2 mil bail today...Hmm, where'd he get the money? Chicago Sun-Times' Twitter feed read Wednesday morning.






I believe he leaves his American jail as a better man, with a higher appreciation for Canada," Peter C. Newman told the Toronto Star Wednesday.






His release is correct from both a legal and karmic standpoint...Whether you think he's a hero or a rogue, he posed no harm to anyone and, given his utter belief in his own innocence, the idea of him being rehabilitated was irrelevant," Richard Siklos, who published a biography of Lord Black in 1995, wrote in the Globe and Mail Wednesday.






My gut tells me the (courts) don't release him on bail and then expect him to go back to jail...One of the elements of being entitled to bail on appeal is that you're likely to win, Hugh Totten, a Chicago attorney who has closely followed the case, told Reuters






I'm no fan of Conrad Black, not since he gracelessly gave up his Canadian citizenship. But freedom is a wonderful thing, and I'm happy for Black that he's able to savour it -- at the height of summer, no less. Orest Slepokura of Strathmore, Alberta, in a letter to The Globe and Mail




Lord Black's wife Barbara Amiel, was likely thrilled at the news. Back in May, she wrote in Macleans magazine: "I was thinking about Lena Horne... 'Stormy weather, since my man and I ain't together,' which just about sums it up for me...I told my husband I was not looking forward to [a]scary birthday with him behind bars and he gave me one of those very today responses about our golden years that lie ahead."

Compiled by Andrew Binet and Ann Hui

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