"Conrad Black went to jail for fraud and was a good writer," that summarized all that I knew about Lord Black before I read his book "A Matter of principle." I became interested in Conrad by reading his articles in the National Post. He was insightful, fair minded, and courageous. Unlike most journalist he did not seem go along with the status quo (i.e. Climate Change), but actually researched things for himself. This made me want to learn more about him and find out why he went to jail.
After reading his book, I am convinced that he is innocent and that both the Canadian and American legal systems are unreliable. He gives a good summary of his case in this article. His story has reminded me that we should always look at all the evidence before condemning someone and that justice is a rare commodity. The statistics he shares about the American justice system are quite alarming and makes you wonder if anybody can get justice especially if they do not have money:
The United States has 5% of the world’s people, 25% of its incarcerated people, and50% of its lawyers, where legal practice requires serious professional formation. The U.S. legal profession takes 10% of GDP, $1.8 trillion. There are 48 million convicted felons in the U.S. population, the country has 6-12 times as many incarcerated people per capita as Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom. American prosecutors win 99.5% of their cases, 97% without trials, numbers rivalled, if at all, only by North Korea.It seems to me that one of the reasons among others that the justice system is not objective is because we largely don't care about justice unless it involves ourselves. In our individualistic society we look out for "number one" and don't care about those who are a number in our correctional institutions regardless of whether they are innocent or guilty. God cares about justice and we should to.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)We may not know someone in prison but we can at least listen to both sides of the story before condemning someone.