[JURIST] The Chicago jury in the federal fraud trial of Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black [JURIST news archive] reported Tuesday that it was unable to render a unanimous decision on all counts against Black. The jurors sent a note to Judge Amy St. Eve [official profile] of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website], explaining:
We have discussed and deliberated on all the evidence and are still unable to reach a unanimous verdict on one or more counts. Please advise.After reviewing the note and consulting with the defense and prosecution, St. Eve repeated instructions to the jury on how to solve a deadlock and then ordered jurors to resume deliberations.
Black, former chairman of Hollinger International [corporate website], faces 17 counts of fraud, obstruction of justice, racketeering and tax evasion related to the $2.1 billion sale of several hundred Canadian newspapers. Along with other former Hollinger executives, he is accused [indictment, PDF] by the US government of diverting more than $80 million from the company and its shareholders [JURIST report] during Hollinger's $2.1 billion sale of several hundred Canadian newspapers. Black also faces charges of misusing Hollinger funds for actions such as throwing a $40,000 birthday party for his wife with company money. Canadian Business has more.