June resentencing date set for ex-media mogul Black

Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:55pm EST
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge said on Thursday she would resentence former media mogul Conrad Black on June 24, giving the U.S. Supreme Court time to weigh his plea to toss out his original 2007 conviction.

Last October, the federal appeals court in Chicago ordered Black, 66, resentenced by trial judge Amy St. Eve of the U.S. District Court on a remaining fraud and obstruction of justice conviction after it dismissed two other fraud convictions.

That ruling was based on a Supreme Court decision in June narrowing the use of the "honest services" law that was applied in convicting Black and other defendants for failing to honor their duty to shareholders or constituents.

Black's lawyers recently petitioned the Supreme Court, arguing the appeals court did not follow the high court's wishes and that the entire conviction should be thrown out.

"We're all waiting on the Supreme Court," Black told reporters after the hearing, adding he was confident.

Black and fellow executives at Hollinger International Inc were convicted in July 2007 of defrauding the Chicago-based newspaper publisher when they paid themselves non-compete fees as they sold off parts of the company.

The Canadian-born Black, a member of Britain's House of Lords, has been free on bail since July after serving nearly 2 1/2 years of his 6 1/2-year sentence.

The judge told Black to reappear for a May 9 status hearing.

Black once led the world's third-largest English-language publishing empire that included such titles as London's Daily Telegraph, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post.

The U.S. District Court case is 05-cr-00727.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Writing by Andrew Stern; Editing by Peter Cooney)