Tilted: The Trials of Conrad Black

Prosecutors’ multicount indictment accused Conrad Black, a Canadian who helped build the third largest media company in the world, of defrauding his company of millions by paying himself bogus noncompetition fees related to the sale of American community newspapers. Ultimately, an appeals court affirmed a single conviction for mail fraud and obstruction of justice. Steven Skurka discusses the profound differences between the U.S. and Canadian criminal justice systems, and writes that the system in the United States unfairly favors prosecutors.