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July 19, 2007

More discussion of acquitted conduct in Black case

Today's scheduled bail hearing for Conrad Black's following his convictions for fraud and obstruction (basics here) continues to bring attention to federal sentencing realities.  This new article is focused particularly on acquitted conduct issues:

Dethroned press lord and convicted criminal Conrad Black will learn at his bail hearing Thursday afternoon in Chicago federal court whether he will be allowed to remain at liberty until his November 30 sentencing. But he and his attorneys already know prosecutors will try to convince U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve to give him a long prison stretch based not only on the four guilty verdicts they won -- but also the nine acquittals.  It's called "acquitted conduct sentencing enhancement," and has become a favorite legal tool of prosecutors for the past decade.

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