Conrad Black's Conviction Set Aside
The Canadian-born chairman of the one time newspaper publishing giant has been in a U.S. prison since March 2008, when he began serving a 6-1/2-year sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered the opinion of the court, saying the "Honest Services" statute under which he was convicted was interpreted too broadly. The jury should have been told it only applies to bribery and kickback schemes.
The justices sent the case back to a U.S. appeals court in Chicago for further proceedings, Reuters reports. The former newspaper magnate, who had also been a member of Britain's House of Lords, may see some of the charges retried or dismissed and his sentence could be further reduced.