A “toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance.” That’s how Judge Stephen Robinson described Bernie Kerik today as he revoked the former police commissioner’s $500,000 bail and sent him to jail. Kerik is awaiting trail for charges that he accepted apartment renovations from a construction company and then recommended the company for city contracts.
Robinson’s anger at Kerik, and boy was he angry, stems from the cueball commish’s decision to leak sealed information to a New Jersey man who then gave that information to the Washington Times. Anthony Modafferi, the Jerseyite in question, was also blogging about the case.
This was just the latest instance of Kerik treating “the court’s rulings as an inconvenience, something to be ignored, and an obstacle to be circumvented,” Robinson said. He also, at various points in the day’s hearing, called Kerik’s explanations “absurd,” “ridiculous,” “a sham,” and “nonsense.” Then, as Kerik exited the courtroom in handcuffs, Robinson flicked him in the back the ears, kicked one shin and gave him a wedgie.
Judge Revokes Kerik’s Bail, Sends Former Commish to Jail [NBC New York]