An unopened gift from The Decider

When discussing the quality of decisions made by an administration that has possibly the finest intelligence and information gathering agencies in the history of the world at its fingertips, it is important to remember that they were going to hand the reins of Department of Homeland Security over to a man who was having personal apartment renovations worth about $200,000 done for $30,000 by a mobbed-up contractor while he was a corrections commissioner under Rudy Giuliani.

Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, pleaded guilty today to two misdemeanor charges as the result of accepting tens of thousands of dollars of gifts and a loan while he was a city official in the late 1990’s.

The former New York City police commissioner entered the pleas in a Bronx courtroom and was sentenced to a total of $221,000 in fines.

He entered the pleas, one to a violation of the city charter and the other of the city administrative code, in a Bronx courtroom before Justice John P. Collins and was sentenced to a total of $221,000 in fines. He was accompanied by three lawyers and three supporters for the proceeding, which lasted about 10 minutes.

Take away the minor blots on his record and he will have ended up paying $251,000 for $200,000 worth of renovations, but when you add in the other unspecified gifts he received I guess you might be able to call it a push. Too bad about the Homeland gig though. At this very moment, he could have been admonishing us about the media exposing government efforts to track the finances of evildoers.

Oh, sweet irony.

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