President Trump has reportedly granted a full pardon go former Media Baron Conrad Black on Wednesday according to news reports.
U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice.
Black, 74, spent almost three and a half years in a Florida prison before being released and deported back to Canada. He had originally been sentenced to 78 months in jail, but had his sentence reduced after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down several of his initial convictions.
A statement from the White House on Wednesday said Black has made "tremendous contributions to business, as well as to political and historical thought."
It also cites several prominent individuals whom it says "have vigorously vouched for [Black's] exceptional character." They include former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, Elton John, Rush Limbaugh, and the late William F. Buckley Jr.
In a statement late Wednesday Black called his legal ordeal "nonsense," adding, "there was never a word of truth to any of it. And now it is over, after 16 years, including three years and two weeks in U.S, federal prisons."
Black, a Canadian-born British citizen, once ran an international newspaper empire that included National Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, Britain's Daily Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post.
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