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Kerik Wins Another Round in Court

Saturday, 16 May 2009 01:24 PM

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik won another round on Thursday in his fight against corruption and other charges.

White Plains, N.Y., Federal Judge Stephen Robinson said charges that Kerik lied to the White House during his brief bid to be secretary of homeland security must be tried in Washington, D.C.

Robinson said prosecutors improperly lumped the allegations into his pending New York corruption case by indicting him on "a laundry list" of illegal schemes and false statements over the span of eight years, the New York Post reported.

"The lone common link is Kerik himself, like an unpleasant episode of 'This is Your Life,'" the judge wrote.

Kerik's attorney Barry Berke praised the decision.

Kerik was police commissioner under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani from August 2000 until December 2001, and won plaudits for his handling of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

President George W. Bush nominated him as homeland security secretary in December 2004, but Kerik withdrew his nomination one week later, saying he had unknowingly employed an undocumented alien as a nanny.

In November 2007, Kerik was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including wire fraud, mail fraud and making false statements.

Kerik won an earlier victory in March when Robinson cited the statute of limitations in dismissing a wire-fraud charge linked to Kerik’s alleged efforts to secure government work for a firm that provided about $255,000 in renovations to his Bronx apartment.

Robinson also ordered that tax-fraud charges against Kerik would be tried separately from corruption charges.

Kerik has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is out on a $500,000 bond.

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