LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – David Radler, the chief government witn…

LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – David Radler, the chief government witness against former Hollinger International Inc. Chairman Conrad Black, will be sentenced Dec. 10 in Chicago federal court after pleading guilty to one count of fraud.

U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve set the date today during a hearing in Chicago. Radler, Black’s former business partner, pleaded guilty in 2005 and faces a maximum of two years and five months in prison. He agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of a plea agreement.

A former publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, Radler, 65, testified for eight days during the trial, which ended July 13 with the fraud conviction of Black and three other former Hollinger executives. Black, 62, also was convicted for obstructing justice. They will be sentenced Nov. 30.

Radler’s lawyers have requested that he serve his sentence in a Canadian prison, close to his Vancouver residence. During the trial, Radler denied that he agreed to plead guilty with the knowledge that, under Canadian law, he could be eligible for parole in as little as six months.

Black and Radler purchased their first newspaper in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1969. Within 30 years, the company grew to be the world’s third-largest English-language newspaper publisher. It produced the Sun-Times, U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, Canada’s National Post and scores of community newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.

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