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Conrad’s Clemency Con

“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.

My Darling Clemency

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.

Thompson Takedown

This just came across the transom:

June 9, 2008

Tribune Statement Regarding Wrigley Field

CHICAGO, June 9, 2008 – Tribune Company today issued the following statement regarding its negotiations with the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (ISFA) on the disposition of Wrigley Field:

“Tribune and ISFA have been unable to come to terms on an agreement to transfer ownership of Wrigley Field into a public trust. As an employee-owned organization, Tribune has been clear and unwavering in its commitment to a transaction that is favorable to the public, to the company, and to the Cubs. Unfortunately, ISFA’s proposal did not meet this criteria and would, in fact, violate the policies of Major League Baseball. We continue to see a strong benefit for the state and the city in public ownership of the ballpark, but we cannot execute a transaction at the expense of our employees or in violation of MLB rules.”

Looks like Big Jim Thompson has really lost his touch. Or should we now start calling him Little Jim?

Wrigley Whispers

By some accounts, the deal to sell Wrigley Field to the state will arrive in Springfield DOA. But Jim Thompson – whose track record of late is a bit dodgy (audit committee chairman while the Sun-Times was being looted; and the defense of George Ryan) is pushing on with a new strategy: Keep the public out of it.

“It makes no sense to talk about it unless or until we have a deal,” Thompson told the Sun-Times. “It just keeps stirring it up again. It opens up the dialogue for people to criticize something that’s not a deal.”

In other words, once it’s a done deal, the taxpayers can complain all they want. Even as they’re writing the check.