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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Kerik to take guilty plea

Yeah, I find it funny as a motherfucker as

Kerik Described as Close to Deal on a Guilty Plea
Published: June 29, 2006

Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, is close to reaching an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to having accepted improper gifts totaling tens of thousands of dollars while he was a city official in the late 1990's, two people with information on the plea negotiations said yesterday.

Under the proposed agreement, Mr. Kerik would plead guilty to failing to report accepting roughly $200,000 in renovations to his Bronx apartment — a violation of the city's administrative code. The work, officials have said, was paid for by a New Jersey construction company that the city had long accused of having ties to organized crime.

Mr. Kerik, 50, who accepted the gift when he served as correction commissioner under Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, will not face jail time, but is expected to pay a substantial fine, those with information about the case said. He is also expected to admit having failed to report receiving a loan.

A guilty plea would represent a further fall from grace for a public official whose dazzling ascent in city government took him from the rank of third-grade police detective in 1993, when he served as a volunteer campaign bodyguard and chauffeur for Mr. Giuliani in his mayoral campaign, to becoming the city's police commissioner in 2000, a post he held at the time of the Sept. 11 terror attack.

Mr. Kerik nearly rose higher still, to the rank of cabinet secretary, when President Bush nominated him to head the Department of Homeland Security in December 2004. But he was forced to withdraw a week later, citing possible tax problems involving his family's nanny.

A lawyer for Mr. Kerik, Joseph Tacopina, would not say whether an agreement had been reached. Steven Reed, a spokesman for the Bronx district attorney, Robert T. Johnson, whose office conducted the inquiry along with the city's Department of Investigation, declined to comment.

Both people who spoke about the plea negotiations cautioned that some issues remained unresolved, but they said Mr. Kerik could enter his guilty plea before a Bronx judge as early as tomorrow. The two people demanded anonymity because the case involved grand jury proceedings

Mr. Kerik, who withdrew from Mr. Giuliani's consulting firm in the days after his failed Homeland Security nomination, has been doing security consulting work in Jordan. He was expected to return to the United States last night.

The corrupt former police commissioner of the City of New York pled guilty to accepting nearly $200,000 in gifts from friends while corrections comissioner.

Bwaaaah. Run, Rudy, Run. Please.

posted by Steve @ 1:46:00 AM

1:46:00 AM

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