Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik was jailed by a federal judge who said he had leaked sealed information from his future criminal trial as part of an attempt to generate public sympathy, the New York Times reports. U.S. District Judge Stephen Robinson of White Plains revoked Kerik's $500,000 bail, describing him as a “toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance.”
Kerik, 54, once President George W. Bush's choice to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, faces three criminal trials. Jury selection in the first, involving corruption, conspiracy, and tax fraud charges, is to begin Monday. Robinson said Kerik had provided sealed information to a New Jersey lawyer who has helped raise money for his defense; the lawyer, Anthony K. Modafferi III, e-mailed the material to the Washington Times, which didn’t publish it.