I’m not sure what to make of this. But, as you know, former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is now in jail after his bail was revoked for violating the terms of a protective order (i.e., trying to release sealed trial documents). And at a pre-trial hearing today, Judge Stephen Robinson said Kerik was showing signs of risky behavior that had raised the judge’s concerns about Kerik’s safety.
Robinson said he’d been in contact with the jail’s director of psychiatric services, Dr. Robert Mahler, who described behavior that put Kerik “at risk” and went beyond the normal stresses of incarceration. Said Robinson: “There were things, unexplained, described to me that were either said or done … that raised the level of concern. I left the conversation with Dr. Mahler feeling this was an issue that cannot be ignored.”
The courtroom exchange was very cryptic. And none of the parties would comment on whether Kerik had been relocated to the jail’s psychiatric unit or been placed on a suicide watch.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.