Ex-Judge Wachtler’s Early Release From Halfway House Denied

<i> Associated Press</i>

The state’s former chief judge, serving time at a halfway house for harassment, was denied early release because he sneaked out to a charity dinner.

Sol Wachtler was forbidden from attending the $500-a-plate gathering, said Michael Guadagno, the assistant U.S. attorney in Newark, N.J. And Wachtler stayed out past his 8:30 p.m. curfew, he said.

Wachtler, 64, has been confined to the halfway house on weeknights and at his Long Island home on weekends.

His lawyer denied Wachtler attended the event last weekend.

Wachtler’s violation only delayed his release by a few days. He is scheduled to be freed Wednesday after serving 13 months for harassing his ex-lover and threatening to kidnap her daughter.