The fraud trial of former Hollinger CEO Conrad Black is reaching its final stages:
The judge is expected to announce Thursday whether defense attorneys can put David Radler, Black's longtime No. 2 man in the Hollinger International newspaper empire, back on the witness stand.
Radler, the government's star witness, testified that Black was part of a scheme to loot $60 million from investors. Radler pleaded guilty earlier to fraud and agreed to testify against Black in return for a lenient 29-month sentence.
On cross-examination, Radler repeatedly said he knew nothing about the fact he would probably get out in six months.
Black's lawyers say if they're allowed to bring him back they'll be able to expose him as a liar in the eyes of the jury.
Hollinger International's U. S. subsidiary American Publishing at one time owned The Carthage Press and the Neosho Daily News.