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U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve at a hearing in Chicago temporarily restricted travel by media mogul Conrad Black to northern Illinois where her court is and the Palm Beach, Florida area where his home is and rejected a U.S. government request to take him into custody now after his conviction on fraud charges earlier this month. St. Eve said she wouldn’t make a final decision on letting Black travel to Canada, as he has requested, until she has more information from his lawyers about additional assets that could be pledged for his bond. St. Eve kept a $21 million bond in place that Black’s U.S. attorney Edward Genson said is backed by $38 million in equity. Black’s lawyers said his assets are tied up under an order from a Canadian court. St. Eve asked that the lawyers get more information on accessing those assets by a hearing on Aug 1. Black was convicted of three counts of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice on July 13. Three co-defendants, who like Black were charged with bilking Hollinger International shareholders out of millions of dollars and were also convicted of the three counts of mail fraud, aren’t in custody and are free to travel. St. Eve said she wasn’t concerned that Black is a flight risk from Canada to another country, but that she could imagine him trying to fight a return to the U.S. from his native Canada ahead of his sentencing in her court in November. She tried to alleviate that concern by asking Black’s lawyers to provide a waiver of his Canadian extradition rights. She wasn’t satisfied with an affidavit presented at the hearing that his lawyers said was as close as Black could come to waiving those rights ahead of an actual Canadian hearing on the matter. U.S. prosecutors argue that Black can’t be trusted based on past misrepresentations and that they might face an endless extradition process if Black were to seek to stay in Canada after being allowed to travel there. St. Eve said that if she does eventually allow Black to travel to Canada she’s willing to accept a proposal made by his lawyers that Black surrender his passport to Canadian authorities on entering that country and not get it back from his Canadian lawyer Edward Greenspan until he’s headed to the Chicago for his sentencing hearing.

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