Conrad Black drops request to return to Canada, won’t appear in court this month

Conrad Black has dropped his request to return to Canada while he is free on bail awaiting an appeal of his fraud convictions in the United States.

TORONTO — Conrad Black has dropped his request to return to Canada while he is free on bail awaiting an appeal of his fraud convictions in the United States.

The former media baron will no longer appear this month before the judge that’s been considering his request for permission to return to his home in Toronto.

The hearing before Judge Amy St. Eve in Chicago has been rescheduled to September.

But there’s still an Aug. 16 deadline for lawyers to submit written arguments about Black’s case to a U.S. Appeals Court.

Black was in a Florida prison until he was released on bail in July after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the scope of the law used to convict him of fraud.

The decision didn’t clear Black but ordered a lower court to decide whether the three fraud convictions should be overturned.