“Conrad Black is pinning his hopes on clemency from U.S. President George W. Bush as a last-ditch effort to get out of jail early, and he wants his former publishing company to foot the legal bill,” the Toronto Globe and Mail reports.
That’s right – Black wants the Sun-Times Media Group to pay the legal fees associated with his clemency bid.
Apparently Jim Thompson didn’t offer him pro bono services like he’s done with George Ryan. Thompson, of course, was on the audit committee of the Sun-Times’s former corporate board when Black was looting the company.
In conjunction with stating on Thursday that George Ryan should be set free, Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected to announce the following this week:
* He will not only keep Death Row empty, but clear out Simple Felony and Misdemeanor Row too.
* He is planning to enter the priesthood sometime between the end of his term as governor and the day of his coming federal indictment. He has also taken on a second job at a soup kitchen and a third job as a paralegal at Winston & Strawn.
* He will accept an ambassadorship from Barack Obama, but swears it is not because it will give him diplomatic immunity.
* Yes, he knows what irony means.
* Patti made him do it.
Meanwhile, Jim Thompson insists that Ryan feels remorse.
A) He’s just been too shy to say so publicly.
B) He’s damn sorry he ever trusted Scott Fawell.
C) He’s sorry he shanked that guy in Unit C and he’ll apologize for anything to get out before the ladies trap him in the shower.