A lawyer who allegedly hosted meetings for organized crime figures under court order not to associate with each other and assisted a client to violate the terms of his pretrial release by misrepresenting his whereabouts cannot be charged with criminal contempt of court, a Brooklyn, N.Y., judge has held.

However, Eastern District of New York Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis allowed the two most serious charges against the attorney, Larry Bronson — participating in racketeering and money-laundering conspiracies — to go forward.

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