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Tag: Bernie Kerik

Bernie Kerik: Evil Lawbreaker or Family Guy?

Bernie Kerik/facebook

Bernie Kerik/facebook

By Allan Lengel
For Aol News

Who will U.S. District Judge Stephen C. Robinson see when he peers down at ex-New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik during sentencing Feb. 18 in White Plains, N.Y.?

An egotistical, lying, greedy lawbreaker, as the government suggests in documents filed Monday in federal court? Or a dedicated public servant, 9/11 hero, compassionate cop, father and husband who made some “poor decisions,” as his defense team asserts?

To read each side’s sentencing memorandum is to get a very different view as to the real Bernie Kerik, 54, who pleaded guilty last November to eight felony counts including tax fraud and lying to the Bush White House while being considered for the coveted Cabinet post of secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The plea agreement calls for a sentence of 27 to 33 months. Kerik’s attorney is asking for 27 months.

Whatever the take on Kerik — and whether the sentencing memos make an impact on the judge — one thing is clear: His digressions have taken a toll on his family.

To read more click here.

Bernie Kerik a Free Man Again

Bernie Kerik/facebook photo

Bernie Kerik/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Controversial ex-New York police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is a free man again — at least for now.

A federal judge in White Plains, N.Y., who tossed him in jail Oct. 20 for violating his pre-trial conditions,  released him Tuesday so he could go home to his New Jersey mansion pending his Feb. 18 sentencing.

Kerik pleaded guilty last week to eight felony counts that included tax crimes and lying to the White House during his failed confirmation as head of the Department of Homeland Security.

His plea agreement calls for a sentence of 27 to 33 months, though the judge does not have to abide by that.

“This is not home confinement with morning strolls and afternoon strolls,” U.S. District Judge Stephen Robinson warned Kerik, according to the N.Y. Daily News. Kerik will have to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet.

The judge also raised his bail from $500,000 to $1.4 million, the paper reported. To read more click here.

Bernie Kerik to Stay Behind Bars For Now

Bernie Kerik/facebook

Bernie Kerik/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One-time national hero Bernie Kerik, the former N.Y. City Police commissioner, will remain behind bars in the Westchester County Jail for now.

A 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge in New York denied his request “to stay the revocation of his bail on pending trial in corruption charges, but granted an expedited hearing on the merits of the former NY Police Commissioner’s appeal,” Courthouse News Service reported. The hearing is set for this Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Stephen C. Robinson of White Plains tossed Kerik in the can last week after revoking his $500,000 bond and calling him a “toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance.” He is now known as inmate 210717.

The judge declared that Kerik had violated a court order by sending confidential information to a fund raiser for his defense fund.

Kerik, who became a national hero after 9/11 as the N.Y. police chief, faces three trials on a host of charges including conspiracy, tax fraud and corruption.

His first trial was set to begin today, but has been postponed.

Cases To Watch For In ’09

  • By Allan Lengel/ticklethewire.com
  • Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich(Chicago) Now this guy knows how to put on a show. He toured the New York talk show scene while the Illinois Senate was preparing to behead him. Now he’s an ex-gov, but don’t expect him to tone down his act. And don’t expect U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to back down. Of for that matter, Pres. Obama  to replace the Republican-appointed Fitzgerald with a Dem-appointment in midst of this mess. More drama to come. No trial date yet
  • Bernie Madoff

    Bernie Madoff

  • Bernie Madoff(New York) If someone in New York ever decides to sell Bernie Madoff piñatas, they’ll make a fortune. And speaking of fortunes: Where’d Bernie hide all the cash? This story has more drama than a Meryl Streep movie. Expect lots more tears, lots more whining and revelations about lots of rich people – or make that former rich people – some who have been left with as much savings as a 7-11 clerk working his way through college. A Jan. 12 preliminary exam set.
  • Barry Lamar Bonds(San Francisco) – We love him. We hate him. We loved to watch him hit home runs even to the backdrop of fans booing. But will he strike out in court? Trial for perjury and obstruction of justice charges in the steroid scandal is set for March 2.
  • Bernie Kerik

    Bernie Kerik

    Bernie Kerik -(New York) No one has gone from hero to heel quicker than Bernie Kerik – unless maybe you count ex- Sen. John Edwards. Kerik was a centimeter away from becoming Secretary of Homeland Security with the help of a ringing endorsement from pal Rudy Giuliani. Now of days, in the law enforcement field, he’d be lucky to get a security guard job at Popeyes fried chicken on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. He faces charges of tax fraud and making false statements regarding the background checks for his appointment as head of Homeland Security.

  • Rep. William Jefferson

    Rep. William Jefferson

    Ex-Rep. William J. Jefferson(Alexandria, Va.) This public corruption case has had more delays than O’HARE International Airport during a snowstorm. The FBI first raided his home in New Orleans and Washington on Aug. 3, 2005. Then agents raided his office in May 2006 and opened a can of worms that tied them up with a bundle of legal challenges in court. Early on in the case, the Congressman explored a possible plea agreement. It never went very far. Now he’s trying to appeal the government to death. No trial date yet in this bribery-public corruption case. But odds are the trial will finally happen sooner than later. Question is: Is the case as sexy now that Jefferson is an ex-Congressman?

  • Five Blackwater Security Guards (Washington) – The feds say these guys loaded and shot Iraqi citizens like they were in a pinball arcade. The guards say they have a defense. Look for a major knock out, dragged out battle here. These guys obviously know how to fight. We’ll see how their attorneys do. The judge just set jury selection for Jan. 29,  2010. Until then, expect lots of motions and battles in court.
  • Mayor Larry Langford

    Mayor Larry Langford

    Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford – (Birmingham, Ala.) When you see this indictment you might think someone got a little “count” happy. Langford and two co-defendants face a 101-count indictment. It might be easier to count 101 Dalmations. Hard to imagine how long it will take a jury to plow through those counts. Then again, with so many, at least one has got to stick. The mayor faces bribery,fraud, money laundering, and filing false tax returns at trial, which is set for May 4.

  • John Gotti Jr.

    John Gotti Jr.

    John Gotti Jr.(New York) This wiseguy knows his way around a courtroom, just like dad, who died in prison in 2002. On August 5, he was arrested on conspiracy charges in Florida in connection with a major cocaine ring and the slayings of three New Yorkers in the late 1980s and early 1990s. A few months later, the case was transferred to New York, his home turf. A “Sammy the Bull” like-government snitch – just like dad had – could prove troublesome for the cocky Gotti. No trial date set.

  • Rep. Rick Renzi

    Rep. Rick Renzi

    Ex-Rep. Rick Renzi (Tucson) This guy is stealing the playbook from Rep Jefferson, invoking an oddly named law: Speech or Debate Clause. He’s charged in a land swap deal that involves charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, extortion and insurance fraud. His attorneys are filing multiple motions saying that feds violated the Speech or Debate Clause (like Jefferson), which protects speech and documents related to legislative activity. Trial is set for March 24

  • State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

    State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

  • Ex-Mass. State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson – (Boston) It’s never good when the feds have a photo of you slipping some bribe money under your sweater and into your bra. It’s a tough image to shake loose from a juror’s mind during trial. Apparently Wilkerson was the target of an FBI sting in which she allegedly took $23,500 in bribes. She resigned in November. No trial date. A status conference is set for Jan. 22.