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  1. Sandra Labelle from Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada writes: I want to first wish Mr Black Good Luck and God Speed. Conrad Black has provided many many jobs, first in Canada but he went on to provide employment in the USA and also in Europe. Probably indirectly to many other countries. I remember when Donald Trump was having serious problems in the late eighties and everyone was wishing him to go down the tubes and I was telling people that if he went down the tubes so would a lot of innocent regular people who counted on their paycheques every week. I say the same for Conrad Black. All this money going out on legal fees, both by the prosecution and the defendant could well have gone towards education, health care, seniors, etc. etc. Instead they are arguing whether the non-compete payments were legal. Give me a break, every day the government, the banks and all that is corporate are on a fine line. The Americans brought Martha Stewart to trial, much to the chagrin of American people, now they are bring our own Canadian Conrad Black (excuse me, he had to convert to British because our Governmen wouldn't let him have his cake and eat it too) anyway I don't hear too many Americans defending Conrad Black and that is how the US government like it. They have enough of their own people at the top defrauding the public, why don't they go after them. I think Conrad Black was riding that fine line but was legal all the same. Sandra Labelle Canada
  2. An Observer from Reality, Canada writes: Latest rumour, from the world of high fashion..... apparently there is a new line of business attire soon to preview..... fashionable orange jumpsuits.... gold tie optional.
  3. Judy Green from Toronto, Canada writes: I simply don't understand the number of people who are willing to defend this UNcommon thief (I say uncommon, because "common thieves" usually don't steal $ 62 million dollars.)

    However, I never understood the charge of "tax fraud". Don't get me wrong, I DO think that Black committed tax fraud, but NOT in the U.S., in Canada. It is in Canada that non-compete payments were exempt from being taxed at the time.

    Therefore, if these were fraudulant "non-compete" payments, and therefore he fraudulently avoided paying taxes in Canada, shouldn't it be the CANADIAN government that should be prosecuting him for tax fraud ?

    Yes, I know, in Canada, white-collar criminals usually only get a slap on the wrist at the most (instead of doing hard time, as they do in the U.S.), but I thought this was a law-and-order government ? That's one reason why I voted for them. Or does the law not apply to the rich and powerful in Canada ?
  4. Norman Farrell from Vancouver, Canada writes: I've never lived in Ontario nor been employed by Black's enterprises. Therefore, I am entirely incapable of understanding why this entire story has been treated by the Toronto press as the most important news in Canada's history.

    I recall one article that stated the entire cream of Canadian journalism was covering Black's trial. The writer then named the group and each person identified was another southern Ontario hack. Maybe this was the cream of Toronto's navel gazing press. The cream of Canada's journalists were paying little more than passing attention.
  5. boris moris from vancouver, Canada writes: What I find informative in all this is the role the media play in helping Black and his lawyers spin their story. Despite his long history of shady and fraudulent practices they would have us believe he is really an unfairly persecuted saint. One only has to ask the obvious....does a regular Joe get the same opportunity to have the press act as an unpaid PR machine when he runs afoul of the law?
    How often does the media provide a platform for convicted fellons to plead their innocence after they are found guilty? And why do slimeballs like Eddie Greenspan get seemingly unlimited access to major media ink in order to whitewash his client's sleasy reputations prior to trial? Is it just me and my obvious distaste for thieves of Black's ilk or does this not subvert the course of justice?

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