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June sentencing date set for ex-media mogul Black

Conrad Black leaves the Federal Courthouse in Chicago after a status hearing, January 13, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The federal judge presiding over Conrad Black’s fraud case told the former media mogul on Thursday she would resentence him on June 24.

The federal appeals court in Chicago ordered Black resentenced by trial judge Amy St. Eve of the U.S. District Court after tossing out two of three fraud convictions against him, based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling restricting applications of the “honest services” law in fraud cases.

The Canadian-born Black, a member of Britain’s House of Lords, was released from prison on bail in July after serving nearly 2 1/2 years of his 6 1/2-year sentence.

Black, 66, faces resentencing on a remaining fraud count and obstruction of justice. Black was required to appear in court on Thursday and St. Eve told him he must return again for a May 9 status hearing.

Black and fellow executives at Hollinger International Inc were convicted in July 2007 of defrauding the Chicago-based newspaper publisher when they paid themselves non-compete fees as they sold off parts of the company.

Black once led the world’s third-largest English-language publishing empire that included such titles as London’s Daily Telegraph, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post.

The U.S. District Court case is 05-cr-00727.

Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Writing by Andrew Stern; Editing by Peter Cooney

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