A New York State Supreme Court judge on Wednesday ordered a "special referee" to determine if a school district in Suffolk County, N.Y., defied a court order barring a public referendum on an $11.7 million bond issue.

Judge Lawrence E. Kahn of the state Supreme Court, in Albany County, said the Commack Union Free School District may be in "criminal contempt" for holding the bond referendum a day after he issued a temporary restraining order on the ballot issue.

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