Infomercial personality faces jail time

CHICAGO — Infomercial king Kevin Trudeau may have faith in his sales acumen, but he was unable to persuade a federal judge Wednesday not to sentence him to time behind bars for bombarding the judge's e-mail account with messages from supporters last week.

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman sentenced Trudeau to 30 days in custody and ordered him to return to court today to turn himself in to U.S. Marshals.

Gettleman came to a boil last week after Trudeau used an Internet radio broadcast and his Web site to urge supporters to e-mail the judge with messages about how Trudeau's products had changed their lives. The judge has been overseeing a civil complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission, in which he previously had found Trudeau in contempt of court for using deceptive advertising as he marketed a book.

Some 300 Trudeau fans responded, crashing the judge's e-mail account and leading him to find Trudeau in criminal contempt of court.