LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Conrad Black’s criminal fraud trial went to the jury on Wednesday after nearly 15 weeks of testimony during which the former media baron and his three co-defendants were called both corporate thieves and victims of a run-amok government prosecution.
Judge Amy St. Eve of the U.S. District Court handed the case to the 12 men and women who will decide the fate of Black and the others after both sides made final pleas over the course of more than six days. The jury began deliberating immediately.
There was no clue as to which way the jury was leaning after hearing from about 50 witnesses in a case involving complex business transactions that prosecutors say amounted to common thievery.
Defense lawyers have contended the government produced a proven liar as its star witness and was guilty of over-reaching in pursuing Black, singling him out because of his wealth and power.
The judge read the jurors lengthy instructions before sending them off to deliberate.