President Donald Trump has signed a full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black, convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice.
Black, 74, was found guilty in the United States in 2007 of scheming to siphon off millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by Hollinger Inc. Black served nearly 42 months in prison after he was convicted.
“Lord Black’s case has attracted broad support from many high-profile individuals who have vigorously vouched for his exceptional character,” the White House said Wednesday in a statement announcing the pardon.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Black “has made tremendous contributions to business, and to political and historical thought.”
Black’s media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London.
In 2018 he published Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other, a flattering political biography of the president.
Trump has also pardoned Patrick Nolan, a former Republican leader of the California State Assembly. Nolan has been a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform since he spent more than two years in federal prison during the 1990s.
— With files from The Associated Press
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