Crime Waves: ‘Substantially Recreational in Nature’

Former police commissioner Bernard Kerik has been removed from the mental health unit where he’d been staying for his last 10 days in jail. Although Kerik had previously exhibited what The Times calls “troubling behavior,” the Westchester County jail’s psychiatry chief determined that Kerik “poses no risk to himself or others due to any psychiatric illness.” The Daily News says he’s been offered a plea deal that would consolidate the three federal cases against him and get him out of jail in less than three years.

Governor Paterson may have broken the law by soliciting free tickets to the opening game of the World Series–an ethics panel is currently investigating the incident. According to The Times, members of the state executive branch are forbidden from “soliciting or accepting gifts of more than nominal value from any lobbyist if the gift appears intended to sway the official.” Paterson says that he attended in “his official capacity.” But:

While state ethics rules do allow some gifts accepted in connection with official duties, they appear to exclude most tickets to sporting events. An advisory opinion by the commission last year stated that attendance at events which are “substantially recreational in nature” cannot generally be considered official duties.


The Post reports that the “daring skylight burglar” who stole Amanda Peet’s jewels last Tuesday is in now in jail. He was arrested Thursday in connection with an earlier skylight burglary, then tied to the Peet case. The Post also reports that Peet “is best known for her roles in the films ‘Saving Silverman’ and ‘The Whole Nine Yards.'” Henry Santos may have stolen her jewels, but you have stolen her dignity, Post.

Crime Waves: ‘Substantially Recreational in Nature’