Judge Boots Kerik’s Lawyer from Case

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Boy, times are bad for Rudy’s crew. Just as Giuliani is hunkering down for his electoral Alamo in Florida, Bernie Kerik got knocked down yesterday before even getting a chance to get his gloves on.

The judge disqualified his lawyer from the case because he’d been present when Kerik had given several false statements to his lawyers, which were then transmitted to the Bronx district attorney’s office. This was a “severe” conflict of interest, the judge ruled.

So now Kerik has to get himself a new lawyer. The only good news for him is that, with Giuliani’s candidacy annihilated, there’s sure to be less media scrutiny when he does finally go to trial.