American justice system 'largely evil', says Conrad Black after Trump's pardon

Lord Conrad Black during the Canadian Global Affairs Institute media roundtable

Mr Trump rang the 74-year-old Canadian-born British citizen to inform him of the pardon last week, with the president saying it would "expunge the bad wrap you got". The second grouping has subtitles like How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency, How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind, and The Fight to Save President Trump. The White House said the experience "changed his life" and formed his later career as a conservative advocate for criminal justice revisions, including with the First Step Act, the criminal justice bill Trump signed into law past year.

Former media mogul Conrad Black said the American justice system is "frequently and largely evil" after being granted a pardon from U.S. president Donald Trump. Hollinger was the publisher of a number of papers throughout the world, including The Daily Telegraph, Chicago Sun-Times and The Jerusalem Post, as well as hundreds of smaller community newspapers, according to Deadline. Nolan has been a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform since he spent more than two years in federal prison during the 1990s. He eventually spent three-and-a-half years in prison, and was deported from the United States.

He continues to write columns for the National Post.

Black describes his "ordeal with the US justice system" as "never anything but a confluence of unlucky events, the belligerence of several corporate governance charlatans, and grandstanding local and American judges", followed with intensity because he was a media owner. During his 2007 trial, Trump had been expected to testify as a witness in Black's defense, before Black's lawyers made a decision to not have him testify. She notes that Black is the author of biographies on presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, though she does not mention the Trump biography.

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"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. Trump gave him permission to say the motivation for the pardon was an unjust verdict.

In an article published by the National Post on Wednesday, he said that Trump told him in a phone call that the "supportive things" that Black had written about the president were not part of the reasoning for the pardon.

Other pardons have included Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former Vice-President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, who was convicted of lying about leaks to the media, and Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champ, convicted in 1913 of taking his white girlfriend across state lines.

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