A federal judge says former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik can get out of jail for the holidays.

Federal Judge Stephen Robinson said Tuesday that Kerik, who pleaded guilty to eight felonies last week, can remain out of jail until he is sentenced in February. Kerik did not immediately leave the federal courthouse in White Plains after the judge's decision. Lawyers said they expect he would be released shortly afterward.

The judge imposed some conditions, including home confinement and wearing an electronic monitoring device.

Kerik was hailed as a hero after the 9/11 attack. He avoided as many as three federal trials when he admitted Thursday that he lied about his associations while being considered for chief of Homeland Security.

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