November 22, 2008
Conrad Black asks Bush for pardon
Disgraced former media tycoon Conrad Black is asking U.S. President George Bush for clemency from his 6 and a-half year prison sentence, officials said.
Black, 64, is serving time in Coleman, Fla. He has asked Bush to pardon him in an act of clemency before he leaves office in January, U.S. Justice Department officials confirmed Saturday to The Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper formerly owned by Black's company Hollinger International Inc.
Black was convicted last year of criminal fraud in a Chicago trial.
Citing unnamed justice system experts, the Telegraph said it is unlikely Bush will grant Black's request for a full pardon because he is so early into his jail term.