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Feds Ask Judge to OK Radler Plea Bargain as Conrad Black Seeks Sentencing Delay

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Feds Ask Judge to OK Radler Plea Bargain as Conrad Black Seeks Sentencing Delay

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By near universal agreement, F. David Radler's testimony as the supposed star witness in the federal fraud trial of his longtime boss and business partner was hardly a home run. The former publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and COO of its company -- then known as Hollinger International -- at times sounded uncertain, forgetful, defensive, and even evasive on the stand.

Still, Black was convicted of three counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice, though he was acquitted of racketeering and several other charges in the alleged "looting" of Hollinger International through phony non-compete fees and other improper payments.

Prosecutors are now asking a federal judge in Chicago to formally approve the plea bargain Radler reached in the fall of 2005 that would sentence him to 29 months in jail, likely to be served in his native Canada, in exchange for a guilty plea to a single count of fraud in the Hollinger misappropriations.

Radler is to be sentenced Dec. 10 in a federal courthouse in Chicago.

Meanwhile, Black's attorneys are headed to a court hearing Thursday on their request for a delay in his sentencing, which is scheduled for Nov. …

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