Judge holds off on Peter Schmitt ruling

Nassau County presiding officer, Peter Schmitt, arrives at

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Nassau County presiding officer, Peter Schmitt, arrives at federal court in Central Islip Thursday morning. Schmitt is court for a hearing in contempt charges against him. (May 31, 2012) (Credit: James Carbone)

The Nassau County Legislature's presiding officer, testifying yesterday at a contempt hearing for allegedly violating a federal judge's confidentiality order, said he regretted publicizing information disclosed to him in secret.

U.S. District Judge Arthur Spatt could fine or jail Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa) if he finds the lawmaker in contempt of court for revealing details...

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