Opening statements in the trial of former Hollinger InternationalInc. Chairman Conrad Black were put on hold Monday after the federal judgeoverseeing the case paused proceedings to survey jurors on what newscoverage they may have seen over the weekend on a separate settlementrelated to the government’s star witness.

Judge Amy St. Eve met with the jurors individually after Black’sdefense attorney Edward Genson of Chicago told her that he was concernedabout his client getting a “fair trial” in light of the news that jurorsmight have seen on former Hollinger executive David Radler agreeing to pay$28.7 million to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissionenforcement action. St. Eve planned in the morning to reconvene the trial inthe afternoon, but then after lunch said that opening statements would begintomorrow.

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