Kerik’s Fall from Enforcer to Drug War Critic

Post Date: November 5, 2013

(SFGate, Debra Saunders) — Former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik handed “Today” show host Matt Lauer a nickel. Kerik knows a few things about money and crime. After President George W. Bush nominated him to be homeland security chief, the 9/11 hero lied to federal investigators. Instead of joining the Bush Cabinet, Kerik pleaded guilty to two counts of tax fraud and six counts of making false statements. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

Free after three years in a minimum-security facility, Kerik went on “Today” to discuss not the injustice of his conviction but the injustice of federal mandatory minimum sentences that can put first-time nonviolent offenders away for decades, even life.

“I had no idea that for 5 grams of cocaine, which is what that nickel weighs, 5 grams, you could be sentenced to 10 years in prison,” quoth Kerik. Read more