Black Watch: Today’s Top Stories
If scathing contempt for this mockery (or whatever) is your bag, there’s plenty to hold your interest this morning. Where to start? In the whimpers-not-bangs department, there’s the defence seeking to recall David Radler in an effort to catch him in a lie. This is rather like catching the sun rising in the east and will, in the mind of the jury, fall somewhere between “Spare us” and “Sweet Jesus, take me now.” Filed under “I,” for “I just buried an ice pick in my head,” rests the litany of expensive items owned by Black drawn out by the prosecution from the testimony of a defence witness who was called to refute the argument that Black profited criminally from the flip of his New York apartment. It’s the trial’s Dennis Kozlowski moment, and the Eddies have no other Eddies to blame but themselves. Speaking of which, “sources say” that the decision to leave Donny Haircut on the bench came after the sombre second thought that the circus accompanying his arrival would undermine the credibility of his evidence.
Finally, a word in my ear from our old pal The Courtstalker suggests that the defence is also thinking of recalling Ye Olde Fred Creasey in an effort to bolster its case. If any of this blog’s interlocutors can explain to me what possible good that might do, I promise to hand-deliver a “Free Conrad” T-shirt directly to your door. I mean that. Really, I do.
Trump is fired [NY Post]Conrad Black to The Donald: “You’re Fired!” (As a Witness) [Wall St. Journal]Jurors ponder comfort’s cost [Toronto Star]Prosecution examines Black’s lavish lifestyle [Chicago Sun-Times]Defence aims to return Radler to stand [National Post]Black trial judge considers dismissal of charges against Kipnis [Globe and Mail]Defence wants Radler recalled [Globe and Mail]Conrad Black Defense Balks on Trump [NY Times]