Kerik Subject of 2005 Wiretap

Anyone expecting a speedy trial in the case of Bernie Kerik is bound to disappointed. The Government today turned over 20 cartons of discovery and the results of a 2005 wiretap on Kerik's cell phone that yielded 2,500 calls.

The defense will challenge the the wiretap and that alone will take many months to resolve. Details of Bernie's phone calls were reported by Newsweek in April, prompting me to ask, who leaked them? Now I'm wondering when in 2005 they got the wiretap, and what was the probable cause for it?

The defense may also need time to conduct an investigation of international scope:

Among the new allegations in the indictment are charges that Mr. Kerik failed to disclose the $250,000 loan from an unnamed Brooklyn businessman in June 2003; Mr. Kerik was in Iraq helping to train a new police force at the time. The indictment alleges he knew that the money had come from “a wealthy Israeli industrialist whose companies did business with the federal government.” The loan was repaid in June 2005.

I don't see this case going to trial for a year -- which would put it after the 2008 elections. That may lessen Rudy's Bernie curse.

Update: Another good read from the past: Bernie in his own words in New York Magazine, Tears of a Cop.

Update: Wiretap mystery solved below.

The origing of the wiretap on Bernie Kerik's cell phone has been reported on. It was done by the Bronx DA in conjunction with its probe into the renovations on Kerik's Riverdale apartment:
KERIK AIDE GETS BOOT. Bugs catch correction flack jawing about Bernie probe Daily News (New York) April 14, 2006 Friday (available on Lexis.com)

Investigators tapped Kerik's cell phone last year in connection with an ongoing probe into a suspicious 1999 renovation of his apartment in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

....The Bronx district attorney and the city Department of Investigations launched a probe in December 2004 after The News revealed that the apartment renovation took place when Kerik professed to be broke and had befriended the owner of Interstate Industrial, a city contractor suspected of mob ties.

This is the wiretap that also caught Jeannine Pirro talking to Bernie about whether Bernie should tap her husband's boat for evidence of a purported extra-marital affair. Neither Jeannine nor Bernie were charged with a crime as a result of those conversations.

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    Depends what's on those wiretaps... (none / 0) (#1)
    by BDB on Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 09:15:21 AM EST
    and whether any of it comes out in pretrial filings or hearings.  :-)

    But I di think that it's likely Kerik will delay the trial, partly to prepare and partly to help his friend.  Perhaps there's a reason Rudy won't denounce him?  Better to take the political heat to keep him happy and hoping for a pardon, than have him angry and in a talking mood about Rudy!

    DO (none / 0) (#2)
    by BDB on Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 09:15:42 AM EST
    Do, not di!  Ugh!

    Did they use the PATRIOT Act for that tap? (none / 0) (#3)
    by Geekesque on Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 11:23:10 AM EST
    That would be poetic.

    That's what I was thinking. (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 12:28:45 PM EST
    Warrant?  We don't need no stinkin warrant.