Judge in Lehman case charged with slapping wife

NEW YORK (AP) - The federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy of Wall Street investment bank Lehman Bros. has been arrested on charges of slapping his wife.

Judge James Peck was arrested Saturday at his home on Manhattan's Park Avenue. He was charged with attempted assault and harassment.

According to the misdemeanor court complaint, Judith Peck accused the 63-year-old judge of hitting her on the face with an open palm. It says the slap caused "substantial pain" in her jaw.

Peck was arraigned Sunday in Manhattan Criminal Court. Judge Lenora Gerald released him without bail and told him to return to court March 16.

Peck was initially represented by Legal Aid Society lawyer Gurmeet Singh (Gur-MEET' Sing). He said the judge will be retaining an attorney; he would not comment further.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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