As if all the mayoral-campaign-season tributes to the corrupt and monstrous reign of Rudolph Giuliani weren't enough, now Bernard Kerik—the one actual convicted felon among the city's recent run of lawless and unethical police commissioners—has crawled back into the light of freedom after three years in prison, and he wants to talk. He learned things in the correctional system, he told Matt Lauer. Things that America's Cop (not to be confused with America's Top Cop) had never imagined. Such as?
Think back five long years ago, when hot shot publisher-to-the-stars Judith Regan was embroiled in a huge scandal that was the talk of the media world: after HarperCollins fired her, Regan sued them. In her suit, she alleged that a mystery News Corp executive had told her to lie to federal investigators who were vetting former NYPD chief Bernie Kerik—a man that Regan slept with.
Former NYC police commissioner Bernie Kerik was released from jail on November 10 after spending nearly three weeks behind bars for violating the conditions of his bail. He's now under house arrest until he's sentenced on February 18 for the eight felony counts he pleaded guilty to last month, including tax fraud and perjury. But the stress of his three-week stint in the clink—which included a 10-day trip to the psych ward—has clearly taken its toll. He's practically unrecognizable in these new photos that Kerik posted to the Web earlier this week. Click on the photo above to see the very spooky transformation for yourself.
Former police commissioner Bernie Kerik almost went crazy in prison these past couple of weeks. But now he's going home! A judge released Kerik on bail today pending his sentencing in February on the eight felony counts he pleaded guilty to last week. So it's a good day, right? Not entirely. Not only will he remain under house arrest until then, a judge put the kibosh on Kerik's request that he be allowed to leave his house to walk his kids to school. "This is not home confinement with morning strolls and afternoon strolls," the judge responded. [NYT]
When a federal judge revoked Bernie Kerik's bail on Tuesday and decided to send NYC's former police commissioner to jail while he awaits trial on corruption charges, he said Kerik had acted as if he were "different from other people." That wasn't the way he behaved when he got to the jailhouse and said he didn't want to be separated from the rest of the prison population for his own safety. Because, you know, he's a tough guy, and can deal with anything that comes his way, clearly. Kerik didn't get his wish, unfortunately, and he was placed him in a segregated wing. Let's all just hope he was happier with outfit that prison officials picked out for him (an orange jumpsuit), and the meal they served him for dinner (meat loaf, corn and sliced potato skins). [NYT, NYP]
Former NYC police commissioner Bernie Kerik is on his way to jail this afternoon. A judge revoked bail in his trial on conspiracy and fraud charges today after he concluded that Kerik could not be trusted to honor an order barring him from disclosing confidential information related to the trial. (The judge described him as a "toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance," which sounds about right.) Fortunately for Kerik, the trial is taking place in Federal District Court in White Plains, not in Manhattan, so he won't have spend the forseeable future confined to a cell in a building that was once named the Bernard B. Kerik Complex. That could have been a bit awkward. [NYT]
Bernie Kerik is now holding fundraisers to come up with cash to defend himself against numerous charges of bribery and lying to Federal officials. VBS.tv was lucky enough to pay a visit to the former police commissioner at his home in New Jersey a few weeks ago, and it turns out Kerik is about as creepy a man as you'll ever find who isn't a member of an armed militia in Idaho. His property is home to a pack of vicious dogs, he's a hard-core Motley Crue fan, and he keeps ruins from the World Trade Center in his home office. Oh, and despite the fact Rudy Giuliani won't talk to him anymore, he still thinks the former mayor would have made a most excellent president. Click through for the video.