'Sun-Times' Publisher Cruickshank: We'll Be Fair to Black, Radler

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In a letter to readers in Wednesday's editions, Chicago Sun-Times Publisher John Cruickshank vowed the paper's coverage of the federal criminal fraud trial of deposed newspaper mogul Conrad Black will be fair and accurate -- even as he acknowledged continuing bitter feelings at the paper towards the former CEO of its parent company.

"Despite feelings of resentment that are still quite inflamed in some quarters, our coverage of Mr. Black's trial will be founded on the presumption that he and his colleagues are innocent until they are proven guilty," Cruickshank wrote.

Jury selection begins Wednesday in downtown Chicago's U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois, where Black is charged with racketeering, mail fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and obstruction of justice in the alleged looting of $84 million from Hollinger International, the Chicago-based publishing company now known as Sun-Times Media Group Inc. (STMG). Three other Hollinger executives are charged with various fraud counts in the alleged scheme. …