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The U.S. Justice Department described John A. "Jack" Boultbee, a key financial adviser to Conrad Black, as the "architect" of many of Hollinger's controversial tax strategies, which saw millions of dollars in non-compete payments pocketed by Lord Black, Mr. Boultbee and other executives. For most of his Hollinger career, the accountant lived in Toronto, where he spent lavishly on homes and vintage cars such as an Aston Martin. He was fired by Hollinger International in 2003 and in 2005 was charged with eight counts of mail fraud and wire fraud. He has pleaded not guilty.
One of Chicago's top criminal lawyers, Edward Genson is perhaps best known for whacking his cane on tables during trials to get attention. The 65-year-old became interested in law as a child after following around his father, a bail bondsman. He graduated with a law degree from Northwestern University, eventually building up a base of high-profile clients. While he hadn't met Lord Black before he was hired for his defence team, Mr. Genson had close ties to his Toronto lawyer, Edward Greenspan. Mr. Greenspan's daughter, Julianna, worked in Mr. Genson's office for five years.
In addition to his famous clients, criminal lawyer Edward Greenspan has gained fame over the past 40 years for his withering cross-examinations, tenacious preparation and high-profile press conferences. The 63-year-old from Niagara Falls, Ont., was first noticed for his colourful style while working on the murder trial of Peter Demeter in 1974. Mr. Demeter was convicted, but his junior counsel won acclaim for his cross-examinations. Since then, he has acted for former Nova Scotia premier Gerald Regan, Garth Drabinsky and Robert Latimer. Mr. Greenspan is representing Lord Black in the current proceedings.
JUDGE AMY ST. EVE
Forty-one-year-old Amy St. Eve is one of the youngest federal judges in the United States. After graduating at the top of her class from Cornell University's law school, she worked in New York on a team that investigated the Whitewater scandal -- a probe that resulted in three convictions. She then worked for the U.S. Attorney's office in Illinois, prosecuting dozens of cases, from corporate fraud to gang violence. In 2002, she was appointed to the bench, despite her age and limited political connections. Said to arrive at her office at 6 a.m., she has cleared away a backlog of 200 cases.
Mark Kipnis had no media company experience when he was hired as the in-house lawyer at Hollinger International in 1998. Working in Chicago, he reported to David Radler -- a demanding boss who insisted on weekend meetings and on being driven around the city. According to allegations filed in court, Mr. Kipnis did most of the paperwork on a series of transactions key to the case against Lord Black and the other defendants. Prosecutors allege Mr. Kipnis lied to company directors about the nature of the deals, which allegedly resulted in millions of dollars in payments. Mr. Kipnis has denied the allegations.
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Dubbed "America's toughest prosecutor," Patrick Fitzgerald has made a name for himself by going after terrorists, mobsters and politicians. The Brooklyn native was born in 1961 to Irish immigrants, his father a doorman in Manhattan who rarely took time off. Mr. Fitzgerald has also gained a reputation as a brilliant, hard-working prosecutor who rarely leaves his office. In 2001, the Harvard alum was named the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. He was seen as someone who could clean up a series of corruption cases that had plagued the city.
David Radler has been Lord Black's hard-nosed operating partner since the two joined forces more than three decades ago to acquire the Sherbrooke Daily Record. But in 2003, the Montreal-born businessman resigned from Hollinger after a special committee of directors alleged that he and other executives -- including Lord Black -- had improperly pocketed $32-million. In 2005, he went on to plead guilty to mail fraud. After striking a deal with the U.S. Attorney's Office that will see him testify against Lord Black, the 64-year-old will serve a sentence of 29 months in prison and pay a $250,000 fine.
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80: Number of lawyers involved in the case
11,000: Approximate number of emails filed - including many between Lord Black and his wife, Barbara Amiel Black
3 months: Expected length of the trial
$1-billion: Total potential claims against Ravelston Corp. ltd., once a key holding in Lord Black's business empire and now in receivership.
$1.08: Hollinger Inc.'s share price on the Toronto Stock Exchange as of last Thursday. It traded above $10 in 2002.
59: Percentage of Canadians an Angus Reid poll indicates would not feel sorry about a Black conviction.