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Thompson May Have Skimmed Documents in Evidence at Conrad Black's Trial

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Former Illinois governor Jim Thompson was 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 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. Yesterday he said he hadn’t known about millions of dollars worth of payments Black and other executives were paid individually as part of large multimillion dollar sales. Today defense attorneys showed Thompson paperwork that spelled out eleven of these so-called non-competition payments. They were outlined in documents Thompson and the other two audit committee members approved, and were supposed to have read thoroughly. Thompson admitted he may have skimmed some parts of them. Earlier this week, another audit committee member, Marie-Josee Kravis, also said she may have missed some of the non-compete language. I’m Diantha Parker, Chicago Pubic Radio.

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