Conrad Black will not be returning to a Florida prison because two female guards fear for their safety, he told CTV News in an interview. The women, who work at Coleman Federal Correctional Facility, had testified against Black earlier this year.
“We had a security fear that if I went back there, that I was going to assault these two women,” he told CTV. “To go back there for seven months, I for the first time in my life, at the age of 67, am going to commit assault?”
According to court documents, affidavits from a prison unit manager and education specialist said Black demanded special treatment from staff, was an unenthusiastic tutor, and had followers who cooked, cleaned and ironed his shirt.
CTV did not reveal where Black would be transferred but said it would closer to Toronto. Black was originally sentenced to 78 months in jail for obstruction of justice and three counts of fraud in 2007. In July 2010, he was released on bail after a U.S. Supreme Court ruled a law was improperly used to convict him. In June, he received a new sentence of 42 months less the 29 months already served. Black must begin serving the remainder of his sentence Sept. 6.