Friday, June 6, 2008

Appeal judges in Black case pepper lawyers with tough questions

CHICAGO — Under other circumstances Conrad Black would probably relish meeting Judge Richard Posner.

Judge Posner, 69, has been on the Seventh Circuit Appeal Court in Chicago for nearly 30 years and he is considered one of the top legal minds in the United States.

He's best known for his free-market approach to analyzing the law and he has written more than 30 books and 300 articles on topics ranging from sex and pornography to aging, health care, AIDS, politics, literature and medieval Iceland. He writes more legal opinions annually than any other appellate judge in the United States, teaches at the University of Chicago and has a blog with a Nobel-prize-winning economist (his latest post discussed the merits of paying children to go to school).

Judge Posner “is an intellectual giant,” Chicago lawyer Hugh Totten said. He is also one of three judges who will decide whether Lord Black's criminal conviction should stand.

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