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Bernard Kerik Wins Round in Court

Sunday, 29 Mar 2009 04:23 PM

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik won a victory in court last week when a judge threw out several of the charges in his federal indictment.

White Plains, N.Y., federal Judge Stephen 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.

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 withdrew his nominationone 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.

But on March 23, Robinson dismissed the charge that he lied to the White House when he denied having any secrets that could embarrass him or President Bush, the New York Post reported.

The judge stated that at least two of the questions posed to Kerik at the time were too ambiguous for the answers to constitute deceit.

Judge 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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