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Trump pardons ex-media mogul Conrad Black and former California politician

Conrad Black. Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

President Trump issued pardons for ex-media mogul Conrad Black and former California politician Patrick Nolan on Wednesday evening.

Catch up quick: Black, a Canadian-born publisher was found guilty of 4 counts of fraud in 2007 for plotting to steal millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by Hollinger Inc., where he was CEO and chairman. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison, and served more than 3, later deported from the U.S. His media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Jerusalem Post and other papers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Last year, Black published a book titled "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other."

“Lord Black’s case has attracted broad support from many high-profile individuals who have vigorously vouched for his exceptional character."
— the White House said in a statement announcing the pardon
  • Trump also issued a full pardon to Nolan, who, after serving a 33-month sentence on charges of public corruption, became an advocate for criminal justice reform and victims’ rights.

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