A US judge barred Conrad Black from visiting his home town of Toronto yesterday, but did allow him to remain on bail while awaiting sentencing. Reuters reported:
"Judge Amy St. Eve of U.S. District in Chicago refused a request by Black's attorneys to allow him to go back to his Toronto home pending sentencing in her court on Nov. 30. However, the judge extended Conrad Black's $21 million bail on Wednesday but maintained restrictions that confine the convicted former newspaper tycoon to an area around Chicago and his Florida estate while he awaits sentencing."
As Sneaky Business reported last month, Black has agreed to wear a head-mounted web-cam for the duration of his sentence. The system, supplied by Mountain View startup CellWeb Services, was fitted and activated on Monday. CellWeb has tracked over two million visits to the Black URL since going live, although initial traffic levels have been waning. "The views of his living room have become rather dull, "admitted CellWeb CTO Alfred Schwartz, "He watches TV an awful lot. We were all hoping for a trip to Canada to add some variety."However, Schwartz remains confident that after Black arrives at prison the site traffic will pick up dramatically. "Once he receives his first tattoo and starts working out in the yard interest will skyrocket".
Proceeds from the ad-sponsored web-cam service are being divided between CellWeb, Hollinger shareholders and the prison governor.