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Patricia PileggiOn Jan. 13, 2011, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed all charges against Mark Kipnis, former general counsel of media conglomerate Hollinger International (Hollinger). Kipnis had been charged, in a 2005 indictment, with participating in a $60 million fraud, directed by Lord Conrad Black, the chairman and a controlling shareholder, of Hollinger. Sadly, this complete vindication of Kipnis came at an enormous personal cost over the course of eight years. During that period of time, he was either under investigation, indictment or convicted of a fraud which, even according to prosecutors, enriched Black and others but not Kipnis.

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