Conrad Black battles $6.1-million fine
Oct 25, 2012 / 9:12 am
Former media baron Conrad Black lost his bid Thursday to make a personal pitch to keep his Order of Canada honour, which is threatened because of his fraud conviction in the United States.
In its ruling, Federal Court said the Order of Canada advisory council was under no obligation to hear oral submissions from Black.
"Procedural fairness and natural justice do not require an oral hearing in the circumstances of this case," the court ruled.
In a separate matter related to his convictions, Black was seeking a stay of a $6.1-million fine levied against him for violating American securities laws.
In ordering the fine earlier this month, Judge William Hart of the District Court of the Northern District of Illinois blasted Black as "intransigent."
Hart was especially unhappy with Black's public attacks on the American courts and justice system.
"Black has advanced no reason to believe that he now has any respect for the securities laws or any regret for the losses or costs his violations have caused," Hart wrote.
"He is intransigent in his denunciation."
Black, who spent three years in an American prison for fraud and obstruction of justice, has requested a stay of the judgment while he appeals related convictions.
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