Kerik hearing cancelled

Bernie Kerik’s hearing in federal court in White Plains was cancelled by Judge Stephen C. Robinson at the last minute today. Kerik was in the U.S. Marshals’ holding cells in the basement of the building where he huddled for more than an hour with his lawyers, Barry Berke and Michael Bachner. Neither Kerik’s lawyers nor a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office knew why the hearing was adjourned. The judge’s courtroom deputy also did not give a reason for the cancellation.

Kerik was not given a new date in White Plains. But his lawyers will be before a federal appeals panel in Manhattan tomorrow to argue for his release from Westchester County Jail. Robinson ordered Kerik jailed after ruling he had violated a court order by leaking confidential documents turned over to the defense by federal prosecutors.

Kerik’s trial on public corruption charges is still scheduled for Nov. 9. But that, of course, is subject to change. His trial date has been postponed twice in the last month.

Tim O'Connor

Timothy O'Connor has covered the federal justice system for The Journal News since 2002. He previously worked at newspapers in Orange County, New York, and New Jersey. Born and raised in the Bronx, he has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in journalism.