Sunday, March 11, 2007

The trial of Conrad Black

The British papers are eagerly anticipating, celebrating even, the Conrad Black trial that starts next week in Chicago.

Lord Black's plunge into ignominy - The Daily Telegraph

Dining out on defiance - The Times
"Instead of keeping a low profile before his trial, the former press baron is dining out on his notoriety and fending off female attention."

Read all about it... The trial of Conrad Black - The Independent
"The son of an embittered Toronto businessman whose ousting from the family business he vowed to avenge, Lord Black was an aggressive operator who quickly found the role of media baron suited his desire for an entrée to high society on both sides of the Atlantic."

There's nothing in today's Guardian, but they had a piece on Wednesday that focused on the Committee for Lord Black hoax that Canadian satirical magazine Frank ran: Been to court, got the T-shirt: fallen press baron defiant as trial looms

Lord Black had a brief, and not altogether happy, association with Fairfax in the early nineties. Here's a bunch of former Fairfax editors and senior executives (and one Governor General) making nice with the then boss.

From left: Les Carlyon, Alan Kohler, Conrad Black, Michael Hoy, Stephen Mulholland, Bruce Guthrie, Zelman Cowen, Stuart Simson, Michael Smith, Greg Taylor, Creighton Burns and Robert Gottliebsen in 1993.

And there's more ...

Not to be outdone, the Sunday's weighed in with their own pieces. Most notably The Sunday Times with a feature by Black's most recent biographer, Tom Bower. Next to the picture of Black dressed as a cardinal (above) the extended headline reads: "Is this man a greedy, flamboyant crook who stole $83m to feed the insatiable materialism of his harridan wife? Or is he the innocent victim of a monstrous conspiracy and defamation by 'poltroons'?" (Black has protested loudly against Bower's biography of him in the form of a US$11m libel action.)

But, hey. Some headline?

The Independent chose to focus on what Barbara Amiel may wear to court claiming this will speak volumes about how the trial is progressing for the defendant.

First sign of barrel scraping, perhaps?

The Sunday Telegraph, meanwhile, does a bit of scene setting with a Circus comes to town piece listing the main cast and supporting characters.

It's sure to be a good show.

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