The trial of Conrad Black

Mark Steyn is blogging the Patrick Fitzgerald prosecution of the Conrad Black trial from start to finish. Here's a tidbit from his latest filing: "Who knew? At this trial, the phrase "legal in Canada" has been imbued with such ominous undertones, Patrick Fitzgerald's junior attorneys might as well get out their instruments and start playing the theme from Jaws. Overnight, the land of confiscatory taxation has been transformed into the northernmost Cayman Island.Benito Romano, counsel for Conrad Black's co-defendant Peter Atkinson, attempted to explain to the jury this wild lawless terrain across the 49th parallel. "They speak the same language. They play baseball," he said. "But they have their own laws." The prosecution looked for one moment as if they were about to rise en masse and yell, "Objection, your honour!" But the point was allowed to stand. Saudi Arabia has sharia and Canada has tax-free non-compete agreements. Just one of those...(Read Full Post)