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    Bernard Kerik Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

    Bernard Kerik Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

    Bernard Kerik, New York City's former top cop, was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for tax fraud and lying to the Bush White House during his nomination to head the Department of Homeland Security.

    The prison sentence, which was above the 27 months to 33 months agreed to by lawyers on both sides, ends a dramatic downfall for the former police commissioner who helped lead the city's response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The judge had warned he wasn't bound by the agreement.

    "Today's sentencing of Bernard Kerik is one of the most powerful recent reminders that no one in this country is above the law," said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

    The sentence also includes three years of supervised release.

    Kerik, 54 years old, pleaded guilty to the charges in November to eight felonies and agreed to pay $187,931 in restitution. His prison sentence could have run as long as 61 years.

    He was ordered to surrender on May 17. Prosecutors had asked the judge to begin the sentence immediately.

    At the November plea hearing, Kerik admitted that a contractor paid about $255,000 for renovations to his apartment and failed to report that figure as income on his tax returns. Kerik also acknowledged he lied about the matter when the Bush administration was vetting him for the cabinet post.
    CORRECT: UPDATE: Bernard Kerik Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison - WSJ.com

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    Re: Bernard Kerik Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    Bernard Kerik Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison



    CORRECT: UPDATE: Bernard Kerik Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison - WSJ.com

    I always liked his attitude and approach to the law but how the mighty have fallen. No one is above the law, but I wish you all the best, Bernie.
    You know, I have a problem with the sentence. If defense and prosecution agreed to 27-33 months, how can the judge impose 4 years after the deal was agreed to? I never liked Kerik, but this is a miscarriage of justice. It looks like Kerik got the stiffer sentence just because of who he is - someone nationally known, which made his treatment different than you or I would have received. Looks like "blind justice" does not really exist. Kerik should appeal his sentence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    You know, I have a problem with the sentence. If defense and prosecution agreed to 27-33 months, how can the judge impose 4 years after the deal was agreed to? I never liked Kerik, but this is a miscarriage of justice. It looks like Kerik got the stiffer sentence just because of who he is - someone nationally known, which made his treatment different than you or I would have received. Looks like "blind justice" does not really exist. Kerik should appeal his sentence.
    The judge had warned he wasn't bound by the agreement.

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    Re: Bernard Kerik Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    The judge had warned he wasn't bound by the agreement.
    Personally I think plea agreements are used far too often. When a prosecutor has the case all wrapped up, I wish they didn't have to make a deal just to save time and money. "What, you want a deal? We have everything we need to convict you, what could you possibly offer us in return for a reduced sentence?"

    Unfortunately sending every such case to court would cost us billions and there simply aren't enough hours in the day to get through that many cases.
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    Re: Bernard Kerik Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    The judge had warned he wasn't bound by the agreement.
    It undermines the credibility of the prosecutor....
    Defendants who might have useful information will clam up if they feel they can't trust the prosecutor........

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    Re: Bernard Kerik Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    The judge had warned he wasn't bound by the agreement.
    That's not the point. The point is that a deal was reached. What the judge should have done was tell the parties that no deal was allowable. Period. That could have avoided the appearance of impropriety here.
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    Re: Bernard Kerik Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

    It is amazing the number people from both Sides of the isle under investigation for criminal wrong doing. Wouldn't it be nice to see all of them get jail time

    Kerik was full of himself there for a while but not any more.

    He was still more qualified than Napolitano by far.

    Current list of possible bad folk in Congress.

    1 Senators
    1.1 Sen. Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey)
    1.2 Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)
    1.3 Sen. Roland Burris (D-Illinois)
    1.4 Note; At least one additional member of Congress not mentioned below is closely tied to an ongoing investigation, though not a target himself. A staffer for Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Vicki Siegel Herson, is under FBI investigation for allegedly helping her husband, a lobbyist, secure almost $50 million in Pentagon spending for his clients.
    2 Representatives
    2.1 Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York)
    2.2 Rep. John Doolittle (R-California) - Retiring
    2.3 Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Florida)
    2.4 Rep. Bob Filner (D-California)
    2.5 Rep. Jane Harman (D-California)
    2.6 Rep. William Jefferson (D-Louisiana) - Indicted
    2.7 Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-California)
    2.8 Rep. Gary Miller (R-California)
    2.9 Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-West Virginia)
    2.10 Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pennsylvania)
    2.11 Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona) - Indicted and Retiring
    2.12 Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)
    3 Former members of Congress
    3.1 Former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-Colorado)
    3.2 Former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-California) - Convicted
    3.3 Former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) - Indicted
    3.4 Former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Florida)
    3.5 Former Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nevada)
    3.6 Former Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Florida)
    3.7 Former Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois)
    3.8 Former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) - Convicted
    3.9 Former Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pennsylvania)
    4 Former investigations regarding members of Congress
    4.1 Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) - Retiring

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    Re: Bernard Kerik Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

    One of George Bush's more embarrassing moments--nominating Kerik.

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    Re: Bernard Kerik Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    One of George Bush's more embarrassing moments--nominating Kerik.
    He's probably gotten over it by now......

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