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Conrad Black is the founder of the National Post, and was for 15 years the chairman of Britain's Telegraph Group of newspapers, and from 1996 to 2000 the chairman of Southam, Canada's leading newspaper company. He is also a writer and commentator, and the author of biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard M. Nixon, and an autobiography. He is now finishing two other books on historical subjects. He has been a weekly columnist for the National Post and the National Review Online for some years, and is a frequent contributor to The National Interest, (honorary publisher), The American Spectator, Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, and many other publications. He was for 20 years a member of the steering committee of the Bilderberg Meetings and of the Trilateral Commission, and International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Americas Society, and a trustee of the Hudson institute. He was a director of many public companies including the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Sotheby's, and the former Brascan, (now Brookfield). He is a member of the British House of Lords, (since 2001 as Lord Black of Crossharbour), a Privy Councilor of Canada and Officer of the Order of Canada, and a knight of the Holy See. In 2005, he was indicted on 18 criminal charges in the United States for corporate misconduct and retired or was dismissed from all his public corporate affiliations. The prosecutors sought imprisonment for life and a fine of $140 million. Conrad Black has denied throughout that he was guilty of any wrongdoing. Five of the counts were abandoned and he was acquitted on nine others, but initially convicted on four lesser charges, and was sent to a U.S. federal, low security prison in Florida, where he remained for 29 months of his 78-month sentence. While there, he assisted more than one hundred high school leaving candidates to matriculate, and expanded his activity as a columnist. He was released from prison when the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously vacated all the convictions and rewrote the statute under which he had been prosecuted. Two of the counts were revived by the lower court which had been instructed by the Supreme Court to assess the gravity of its own errors, and Conrad Black is being sent back to prison for almost eight months. He continues to assert his innocence and will return to Canada and Great Britain with his wife, the writer Barbara Amiel Black, at the end of his sentence, early in 2012.