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Bernard Kerik, ex-NYPD Top Cop, Faces Sentencing Thursday

By Joel Zand on February 16, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Bernard 'Bernie' Kerik, the disgraced former NYPD Police Commissioner convicted of eight felonies including lying to New York City and federal investigators about his association with a company and its figureheads who were being investigated for ties to organized crime, is going to jail.

On Thursday, February 18, 2010, Kerik faces between 27 and 33 months in federal prison, a sentencing guideline recommendation stemming from his Nov. 5, 2009 plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Not surprisingly, there is a stark contrast between the government's sentencing memo which slams Kerik for believing that he was above the law, and the pre-sentencing memo submitted by Kerik's lawyers depicting his troubled early childhood with "his mother's prostitution and alcoholism," and his "enormous debt and mounting legal fees" that he has brought upon his current wife and the couple's two children.

You can read the government's pre-sentencing memo in the case against Kerik here:

You can read Kerik's lengthy 234-page sentencing memo -- complete with supporting letters from his wife, 24-year-old son, and former NYPD and Dept. of Corrections colleagues, -- asking for leniency and 27-months in prison here:


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