October 24, 2009
[efoods]A former New York police chief, Bernard Kerik who was hailed a hero after the September 11 2001 attacks, has been jailed after a federal judge revoked his bail ahead of a corruption trial.
He has become the first police chief in the city’s history to be thrown into jail.
In a hearing in White Plains, New York, Judge Stephen Robinson said he was revoking the $500,000 bail granted to Kerik, 54, who led the police under the previous administration of then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Kerik abused confidential evidence in the case, Robert Hadad, spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said.
“The government made a motion to revoke his bail. After a three-and-a-half hour hearing, the judge agreed to revoke the bail in order for him be sent to jail,” Mr Hadad said.
The former police chief faces 142 years in jail and fines of almost five million dollars if convicted on all the charges.