Does Newsmax really think that someone accused by a mob informant of taking bribes from the Gotti crime family is really the best character witness for jailed former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik? It appears so.
An unbylined Oct. 25 Newsmax article featuring more ranting from Geraldo Rivera that Kerik -- whose bail was revoked last week after allegedly trying to taint the jury pool in his upcoming corruption trial -- is the victim of a "cynical ploy by a runaway judge" also noted:
Joining Rivera was famed security expert Richard “Bo” Dietl, a former NYPD detective who said that revoking Kerik’s bail was a “travesty” of justice.
“They should do the right thing – let the man go home, let the man go to trial,’’ said Dietl. “If he’s guilty, then they should prove that he’s guilty. Don’t do this to this man. You’re destroying this man and his family. He was an American hero.”
But, as the New York Post reported last month:
More than a dozen corrupt cops – allegedly including celebrity detective Bo Dietl and a former NYPD detective-driver for Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau — fed information to the mob and took part in crimes including drug dealing, armed robbery and murder, according to a blockbuster FBI report obtained by The Post.
The stunning allegations come from Gambino crime family rat John Alite, who’s expected to be the prosecution’s star witness at the upcoming racketeering and murder trial of mob scion John "Junior" Gotti.
In a series of sit-downs between June 2007 and last August, Alite told the feds he personally witnessed Dietl, a fixture on cable television, take cash payoffs from Richie Gotti, brother of the late "Dapper Don" John Gotti.
Alite "had several conversations with Richie Gotti regarding Dietl, during the course of which Gotti told [Alite] Dietl was ‘with them’ meaning the Gambino family and was available to do what the Family asked of him," according to the report.
Dietl vehemently denied the allegations.
"For this punk to say I took a penny from Richard Gotti, he’s a f---- liar," Dietl told The Post by phone from Venice, Italy. "I want to be put on the stand. I want to tell the guy to his face he’s a f--- liar. My reputation is on the line."
Let's see -- a former cop accused of being on the take defending a former cop accused of corruption. That doesn't really help Newsmax's Kerik rehabilitation project, does it?