Conrad Black Trial Judge Denies Mistrial, Won't Recall Radler

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Former Chicago Sun-Times Publisher David Radler, who came under withering cross-examination earlier in the fraud trial of deposed newspaper mogul Conrad Black, will not have to re-take the stand, a U.S. District judge ruled Wednesday.

In a separate decision in the 12th week of the trial in Chicago, Judge Amy J. St. Eve also denied a motion for a mistrial from one of Black's co-defendants, former Hollinger International Inc. General Counsel Mark Kipnis. Lawyers for Kipnis argued that some $150,000 in bonuses that Kipnis received were for his legal work, and not because he was part of the alleged scheme among to Hollinger executives to loot the publishing company of about $60 million by pocketing improper non-compete fees from the sales of community papers.

Kipnis, who has been barely mentioned in much of the testimony in the trial, is charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. Former Hollinger Chairman Black and former Hollinger executives Jack Boultbee and Peter Atkinson are also charged with mail and wire fraud and tax evasion. Black is additionally charged with racketeering and obstruction of justice.

Black's lawyers had sought to get Radler back on the stand to challenge his contention on earlier cross-examination that he was unfamiliar with some of the advantages of his plea bargain with U. …