The United States vs. Conrad Black: A Maclean's special issue

    A step-by-step guide to the trial of the century, in the special issue of
    Maclean's hitting newsstands starting today

    TORONTO, March 1 /CNW/ - What might have once blown over as an internal
debate at Hollinger International about compensation and bonus payments, has
instead blown up into one of the most captivating corporate scandals in
decades. Conrad Black faces 14 charges - including mail and wire fraud,
racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice - in a trial set to
play out in a Chicago courtroom over the next few months. If convicted he
could face 95 years in a federal prison, with no eligibility for parole.
Unlike other major white-collar criminal cases, such as Enron and WorldCom,
this one is not about a company going bankrupt or investors being swindled out
of their life savings. Rather, it is about a larger-than-life British Lord and
press baron who - depending on who is to be believed - was either a fraudster
corrupted by his own greed and sense of entitlement, or a businessman betrayed
by his closest allies and persecuted by overzealous authorities.
    This week Maclean's presents the most in-depth examination yet of the
case against Conrad Black - 29 pages produced by 10 writers and researchers,
looking at every facet of this, the most crucial chapter in the Black saga.
"With his empire dismantled, many of his assets sold off, and his reputation
in tatters, the trial is Black's one shot to face his accusers in a court of
law, and to write a surprise ending to what has been a spectacular
fall-from-grace story," reports Maclean's. From the key characters like David
Radler and Barbara Amiel, to the legal strategies from both prosecution and
defence, Maclean's provides the only comprehensive guide to the white-collar
trial of the century. Plus, an exclusive glimpse of what to expect if he wins,
and if he loses.

    Special note to editors and producers: Ongoing commentary and expert
analysis about the Black trial as it unfolds will be available from Maclean's
senior editor Steve Maich through the contact below.

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.9 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit

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For further information: Jacqueline Segal, (416) 764-4125,

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