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Former Governor Cross-Examined

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Former Illinois governor Jim Thompson is back on the stand at Conrad Black’s trial in Chicago today. Thompson was head of the audit committee of Black’s media company, Hollinger International. Black is charged with skimming millions of dollars from sales of the company’s newspaper properties. But defense attorneys say Hollinger’s board--including Thompson-- signed off on Black’s share. Chicago Public Radio’s Diantha Parker reports.

By heading up the audit committee, Thompson was essentially responsible for making sure Hollinger’s business transactions were above board. But this week he said he hadn’t known about some of the fees Black and other executives got, although defense attorneys showed Thompson paperwork that spelled out eleven of the payments. Thompson was supposed to have read these, but admitted he may have skimmed some parts of them. Edward Greenspan, one of Black’s lawyers, almost taunted the four term Republican governor and former U.S. Attorney about this. “Is there a school for skimming?” he asked. Thompson said several times that he’d taken his audit committee responsibilities seriously. I’m Diantha Parker, Chicago Pubic Radio.

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