We have not paid much attention to fallen media mogul Conrad Black lately. But a verdict is due in his trial for fraud and embezzlement. The Chicago Sun-Times, formerly owned by Black, has been keeping track of the case. Although the case’s jurors have been in deliberations, they’re expected to wind down shortly. Black is suspected of embezzling more than $60 million from Hollinger International through fraudulent non-compete payments and of using the company for both a cut-price apartment on Park Avenue and a $40,000 birthday party for his wife. All interesting enough, right? But according to the Associated Press … not really:
Yawns were frequent in the jury dock during the lengthy trial, particularly as attorneys from both sides discussed financial details of newspaper transactions for hours on end. But attorneys and Judge Amy St. Eve also commented on the jurors’ overall attentiveness as the non-competes were scrutinized.