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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 10:45 AM
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24. Fox News accused him of abusing authority in searches in '01...
On the night of Nov. 28, 2001, crack homicide detectives fanned out all over New York City, one of them even going as far as New Jersey. In all, five detectives from the Manhattan South Homicide Task Force went to the homes of various suspects, fingerprinted some of them, interrogated all of them and told a few that they would have to take lie detector tests. The horrific crime? The police commissioner's friend was missing some items.

The commish at the time was Bernard Kerik, President Bush's nominee as the nation's next head of Homeland Security. The crime victim was Judith Regan, whose imprint, Regan Books, was publishing Kerik's autobiography, "The Lost Son." It tells the Cagneyesque tale of a kid whose alcoholic mother died a prostitute, but who nevertheless managed to become New York's police commissioner.

Regan's items, including a cell phone, apparently went AWOL from a studio at Fox News Channel. All were later accounted for. The phone was found in a trash basket - and it is my guess that it was the real reason for such measured panic. You never know what numbers might be in a cell phone.
...They accused Kerik of abusing his authority and hired a lawyer, Robert Simels. In the end, the employees dropped the matter. Nonetheless, in an interview with me, Simels had this to say: "He abused his authority."
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