WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (WPIX) – The first of three federal trials for disgraced, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik has been postponed. Jury selection was to begin Tuesday in the corruption case; but that’s now been pushed back to Oct. 26., according to a report by the Associated Press.
Prosecutors contend Kerik, 54, accepted renovations on his Bronx co-op as part of a quid pro quo arrangement with a company looking to do business with the city.
The second trial will deal with tax evasion, while the third will focus on claims Kerik lied to the White House, when he was being considered by the Bush Administration back in December 2004 for the post as the first Secretary of Homeland Security.
Kerik’s defense team is reportedly banned from making specific references to the 9/11 terror attacks, that made Kerik out to be a national hero. The judge ruled such references were irrelevant to his case.
It’s still not known if Kerik or former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, his mentor and former business partner, will testify.
Kerik served as the NYPD Commissioner from 2000 to 2001. Before that, he headed up the city Department of Correction for three years.
If convicted, Kerik is looking at a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.