Conrad Black to ask to remain free on bond pending appeal

Attorneys for fallen press lord Conrad Black said Wednesday they will ask a federal judge to allow him to remain free on bond pending appeal of his fraud and obstruction of justice conviction. US District Judge Amy J. St. Eve, who presided over Black's trial, told defense attorneys to have the formal request on her desk by Tuesday. Black was convicted July 13 of illegally siphoning $6 million (€4.06 million) out of the Hollinger International newspaper empire under the pretense that they were so-called noncompete payments from buyers of the company's assets. Black, the former chief executive officer of Hollinger International, also was convicted of spiriting boxes of documents out of his Toronto offices to keep them out of the hands of investigators.