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BOSTON �� U.S. District of Massachusetts federal bankruptcy judge Robert Somma announced Monday that he is reconsidering his resignation from the bench in the wake of his February arrest for drunk driving in New Hampshire. Somma, who was arrested Feb. 6, notified the court system on Feb. 15 that he was resigning as of April 1. The resignation followed Somma’s Feb. 13 court appearance in Manchester District Court in Manchester, N.H., where he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of allegedly driving while intoxicated, confirmed Susan J. Goldberg, deputy circuit executive for the 1st Circuit. Goldberg also confirmed that Somma’s driver’s license was also suspended for one-year and he paid $600 in fines and penalties. On April 1, the Massachusetts Lawyers’ Weekly Web site published a letter from Somma thanking the “many lawyers, judges and other citizens” who have supported him “during this difficult time.” Somma also noted that the “unflattering portrait” of him “in the tabloid media is not at all reflective of me as a person or a judge.” According to Associated Press reports, Somma was wearing a cocktail dress and high heels at the time of his arrest. “That outpouring of support has led me conclude, contrary to my initial belief, that the media frenzy occasioned by this episode would not be an impediment to my continued service as a judge” Somma wrote. “Consequently, over the past few weeks I have been communicating with the Court of Appeals concerning my status and expect that these discussions will continue.” On March 31, the court system announced that Somma’s resignation was deferred until May 15. He has been on paid leave since Feb. 15. Somma has personally received letters and others were sent to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, said his lawyer Robert B. Carpenter of Boston-based Carpenter & Associates. Somma has also fulfilled the terms imposed by Manchester District Court, except for an ongoing driver’s program, Carpenter said. “He accepted responsibility and paid the fine,” Carpenter said. “That’s over and done with as far as we’re concerned.” Carpenter would not comment on reports of Somma’s outfit when he was arrested. “A photograph taken by Manchester police shows what he was wearing that evening,” Carpenter said. “I have no further comment on what he was or was not wearing.” #

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