Why Conrad Black is blustering
Convicted fraudsters who want to stay in business obey a single rule for their future prosperity – they always protest their innocence and seek pity as the victims of vengeful prosecutors, governments or “dark forces”. The fraudster knows that the slightest admission of guilt would permanently destroy his ambition to restore his social reputation and get back into making money. His mission of reassertion is always accompanied by cursing and trivialising an unfortunate interruption in his blessed way of life – like a damning government report, bankruptcy, or a period in jail.
(via The Guardian)