Chicago, Illinois - (Perjuring Mess): Convicted swindler and former newspaper boss Lord Black of Crossharbour will be able to write for a satirical comedy website even after he enters prison on March 3 according to federal prison sources in FCI Coleman, Florida where Black will serve his six-and-a-half year sentence for fraud.
"It's all part of a pilot scheme that allows inmates to keep in touch with reality," a Department of Corrections source said today.
The low-security celeb facility is run by the US Bureau of Prisons "as a bit of a joke" according to local opinion which believes if he hadn't been fatally heart-attacked by the Bushes convicted ENRON fraudster Ken Lay would have done a stretch there himself.
Black has been sentenced for his part in a $6.1?million fraud at Bollinger, the champagne and media company he once ran as a private piggy bank.
At Coleman the "Scrulincs" instant messaging system is aimed at strengthening prisoners' ties with reality - in particular with anybody capable of a sense of the bizarre -ahead of release.
However according to the rules of the system which is funded by the US Intimate Truss Fund, eligible inmates can blog at random as long as they can find an audience that will appreciate their own particular form of perversion.
"The rules on Spoof content are fairly open," an editorial source at the satirical website said today, "and we don't discriminate against old Tory con-artists like Lord Black.
"But prisoners must not jeopardise the safety, security or orderly operation of the website or get up the noses of fellow satire writers such as the fabled Cardian Fergus McShergar, recently elevated in the Vatican by an act of supreme optimism by His Holiness the Pope of a Rope."
Black's first Spoof contribution is expected soon in January.