Judge Jails 'Arrogant' Kerik

Former NYPD chief has his bail revoked for leaking information
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2009 3:57 PM CDT
Former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik stands outside the Federal Court in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2009   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Former NYPD chief Bernard Kerik is in jail after an angry federal judge revoked his bail and read him the riot act for leaking information to the media about his bribery case. Judge Stephen Robinson called Kerik "arrogant" and his explanations a "sham" during today's hearing, notes WNBC. "I can't trust Mr. Kerik."

He added: "My fear, however, is that he has a toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance. And I fear this combination leads him to believe his ends justify the means." Jury selection begins Monday in the trial, in which Kerik is accused of accepting apartment renovations from a construction company, and then recommending the company for city contracts.