September 24, 2008
Bernard Kerik Claims Selective Prosecution
Kerik's lawyers cited one-time U.S. attorney general nominee Zoe Baird and former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman as high-profile tax deadbeats in a 94-page document that seeks to quash perjury, tax fraud and illegal payoff charges.
"It is a matter of public record that prospective appointees to high political office are rarely if ever charged criminally for such issues," Kerik lawyer Barry Berke wrote.
Kerik is set to go on trial next year in White Plains Federal Court. Aside from Baird and Whitman, Berke cited former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and deputy attorney general candidate Charles Ruff as others who've sidestepped criminal charges for domestic tax lapses.
Berke accused federal prosecutors of "overreaching" by bringing federal charges that echo those he pleaded guilty to in 2006 after a probe in the Bronx.
Kerik has admitted lying on city disclosure forms about renovations to his Bronx apartment done by a mob-linked contractor seeking city work.
"This is an extraordinary prosecution," Berke charged.
Berke also said it's unfair to charge Kerik for lying to White House officials vetting his background for several high-ranking administration positions from 2002 to 2004 because their questions were too vague.
Kerik was forced to withdraw his nomination for homeland security czar.
Read full article here. [Brooks Holland]
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What would you say if the charges were fabricated? If the Commissioner in charge of the Dept. of Investgation had told her subordinate, a lawyer and prosecutor to obtain perjured testimony to inculpate Kerik so Hillary Clinton could use the indictment to get Rudi G. Well that's what happened. A 27 year veteran of the Department of Investigations was terminated after refusing to testify falsely against BERNIE KERIK about the renovations to his apartment that formed the basis of the government's criminal complaint in federal district court. Mr. Kerik has steadfastly maintained that there was no quid pro quo; he did not personally know the builder, paid for the renovation to the small apartment; and only met with government officials because they had a question about whether the company was tied to the mob, and not because he contacted them to obtain a contract for the company's owner.
According to a complaint that was filed by Michael Caruso, a DOI Investigator with an unblemished record, he was repeatedly told to lie about Kerik's meeting with him and other officials, where Kerik was asked by them to appear. The real slime is Rose Gill Hearn. She is the Commissioner of the Dept. and is a Hillary partisan. The fact of the matter is that this was a political hit job orchestrated by Hillary Clinton's dirt merchant, Rose Gill Hearn, a lawyer and Hillary supporter and head of the N.Y. City Dept. of Investigation (DOI). According to the federal complaint filed by Michael Caruso in the Southern District (docket no. 06-5997), Gill-Hearn's First Deputy Commissioner of DOI told Caruso to testify falsely to the Grand Jury, stating, “Remember Kerik vouched for Larry Ray at the Walker’s meeting and everything will be O.K.”
The Press would be all over this if it were a Republican, asking the Mayor how he could keep this woman on as head of a department whose mandate is to investigate fraud in City affairs, given the allegations that she fired a man for refusing to lie in a Grand Jury proceeding. She should be in jail with Clinton and Schumer. Shame on all of you for being suckered by these folks stealing you tax dollars and you voting for them Hillary and her husband making a hundred million dollars within a few years after leaving office, and you lambaste a patriot.
Posted by: The Rooster | Jan 6, 2009 5:10:49 AM
The Rooster says:
All of you dirt merchants should know the story of Sir Thomas More. Roper, his son-in-law Roper, told him that he would tear down all the laws of England to get at the devil. Sir Thomas More replied and "what would you do when you had laid all of the trees down and there was no where to hide?" More told his son in law he would even give the devil his due. England was his country. Prosecutors take a vow to defend the Constitution. They are not supposed to invent facts. Kerik got screwed and soon the 1983 action will expose how he was set up. Why hasn't the Press asked the Mayor about the fact that the prosecutor suborned perjury? Bernie Kerik is a great cop. And a lot better than the lawyers who fabricated testimony and his own ex-lawyer who pled him out. Check the allocution. The State said there was no evidence he ever received a gift. I strongly disagree with making the contractor out to be a mafia guy simply becasue his name ends in a vowel.
The Rooster says:
The fact of the matter is that this was a political hit job orchestrated by Hillary Clinton to up-end Rudi G.'s campaign. Rose Gill Hearn, a lawyer and Hillary supporter and head of the N.Y. City Dept. of Investigation (DOI), engaged in a conspiracy which included attempting to compel an agency investigator, a 27-year veteran of the DOI to testify against Kerik. She fired the guy after he refused to testify that Kerik got a gift. According to the federal complaint filed by Michael Caruso in the Southern District (docket no. 06-5997), Gill-Hearn's First Deputy Commissioner of DOI and an Assistant District Attorney, told Caruso to testify falsely to the Grand Jury, stating, “Remember Kerik vouched for Larry Ray at the Walker’s meeting and everything will be O.K.,” even though Caruso had informed Arsenault on March 20, 2006, that he could not truthfully testify that Kerik vouched for Larry Ray at the Walker’s meeting. (Complaint, ¶¶ 21-22). More bad democrat hits and a foolish public buying into the NY Press which is a shill for the leftists who run the city. Shame on you folks read Caruso's complaint!
Posted by: nat herreshoff | Jan 6, 2009 5:15:22 AM