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Bernie Kerik, Former NYC Top Cop, Goes To Jail

Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik who was President George W. Bush's pick for Homeland Security Secretary before that nomination imploded, will be awaiting his trial on corruption charges in jail, a federal judge having revoked his bail.

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik is in jail after his bail on federal charges was revoked for violating a court order which placed certain information under seal. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo hide caption

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Federal District Judge Stephen Robinson revoked Kerik's bail after the judge determined that Kerik violated a court order by discussing with the trustee of his legal defense fund information the court had placed under seal.

According to the Associated Press:

Kerik was being jailed to make sure he was unable to "influence witnesses or prospective jurors," Robinson said.

"My fear is that he has a toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance, and I fear that combination leads him to believe that his ends justify his means," Robinson said. "The failure of Mr. Kerik to abide by the direct order of this court ... must be appropriately addressed."

Kerik is charged with accepting apartment renovations from a construction company in exchange for recommending the company for city contracts. He has pleaded not guilty.

Defense lawyer Barry Berke said he would appeal the ruling and seek a stay, but he said he was unsure if that could be accomplished before the trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday.

Kerik, who once headed the New York City Corrections Department which operates the city's jails, knew exactly what he needed to do once it was clear he wasn't headed home.

Again from the AP:

At the end of the court session, Kerik took off his purple tie, emptied his pockets, removed a ring from his finger and gave them to his lawyer. He then walked off in custody.