On his "NYPD Confidential" Web site, our ex-colleague Len Levitt suggested that if McCain wins and makes Rudy Giuliani attorney general, Bernie Kerik could win an inside track to a pardon on federal corruption charges. But since McCain's camp whacked Giuliani over Kerik, isn't it more likely President George W. Bush would pardon Kerik on his way out the door? Bush, after all, commuted the sentence of spy-name-leaker I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby - who wasn't even a purported 9/11 "hero." Some wonder, though, if Bush has forgiven Kerik's embarrassing 2004 implosion as security nominee.Wow. Haven't seen the Scooter Libby fallacy in a while ("He pardoned Libby, so he will/should pardon everyone else.") I believe, at one time, it was supposed to be a "defense" or a "motion" that was to overtake the federal judiciary (see commentary here). See Janison's piece here.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Dan Janison (at Newsday) is making his contribution to late-term pardon speculation. Janison's interest is Bernard B. Kerik, who served as New York City police commissioner when Rudolph W. Giuliani was mayor and found himself facing a 16-count federal indictment after being nomination as secretary to the Department of Homeland Security. Kerik faces up to 20 years in prison. But Janison notes: