03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Kerik 'Spoiling For A Fight' With Federal Prosecutors

Bernard Kerik, the disgraced police commissioner and former Rudy Giuliani pal, wants it to be known he's spoiling for a fight if federal prosecutors decide next month to charge him with new crimes. "If the prosecutors in any event make the fateful decision to charge Bernie Kerik, we will fight it in court, and he will win," Kerik's attorney Kenneth Breen said Friday.

While Kerik may be ready for a fight, the specter of court hearings and a public trial wouldn't be welcome news for Giuliani's presidential campaign, which has tried mightily to distance itself from Kerik since he fell from grace back in late 2004. That's when questions of corruption and other wrongdoing surfaced and scuttled Kerik's nomination to be President Bush's homeland security chief.

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