A Brief History of Bernie Kerik Crying


Former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik wept when he took the stand in the perjury trial of two former associates on Monday, a detail that led both the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal’s coverage. But Kerik’s tears are nothing new. The tough-as-nails cop who led the NYPD during 9/11 and whom President George W. Bush nominated as secretary of homeland security before a history of corruption surfaced (he eventually pleaded guilty to eight felonies), has a habit of crying in public. On Monday, his tears accompanied his admission on the witness stand that he had accepted $225,000 in home renovations from two brothers, Frank and Peter DiTommaso, whom he’s accused of helping get a license for their business in spite of alleged mob ties. Kerik’s publisher and former lover Judith Regan once told NYPD Confidential author Len Levitt, “he cries on cue.” The record suggests she’s right.