Care to guess the camp from which the president pardoned an author?
Not only that Black would receive a full pardon from criminal charges, as he did on Wednesday, but that the pardon would be communicated by a White House led by a former business associate, real estate tycoon Donald Trump - a bit player in the saga of Black's fall from atop an worldwide media empire spanning three continents.
More recently, Black has penned a book about Trump titled "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other".
He said he initially thought he was being pranked when he was told he had a call from the White House, but he picked and heard Mr Trump ask: "Is that the great Lord Black?"
He called it a long ordeal that was "never anything but a confluence of unlucky events, the belligerence of several corporate governance charlatans, and grandstanding local and American judges, all fanned by an unusually frenzied worldwide media showing exceptional interest in the case because I was a media owner".Читайте также: Selena Gomez stuns in Chanel two-piece at 2019 Cannes Film Festival
Black, 74, spent nearly 3½ years in a Florida prison before being released and deported back to Canada.
Trump, who was by then already a celebrity of sorts, attended the meeting even though he did not own any Hollinger shares, Black's trial heard from the company's former head of investor relations Paul Healy. He was initially sentenced to six and a half years in prison, but that was reduced to 42 months after the other fraud charges were overturned. Black, a 74-year-old Canadian-born media mogul, was the CEO of Hollinger Inc., which was once the third-largest English-language newspaper conglomerate, owning the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Telegraph, and the Jerusalem Post.
Trump also pardoned Patrick Nolan, a former Republican leader of the California State Assembly.
"Lord Black's case has attracted broad support from many high-profile individuals who have vigorously vouched for his exceptional character" the White House statement read.
Sanders said Nolan wrote a guide for churches and community groups to help prisoners return to their communities.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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