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Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010 7:50 pm | Updated: 9:18 am, Thu Jan 24, 2013.

A Thursday morning hearing on a misdemeanor assault charge filed against a former Charlottesville mayor was continued until Dec. 13.

Frank Buck, a long-time Charlottesville attorney and former city mayor, faces misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a courtroom confrontation with a client.

The continuation will give city prosecutors and Charlottesville General District Judge Robert H. Downer time to decide whether to withdraw from the case because of professional and personal relationships with Buck.

Buck served as mayor from 1980 to 1988. He was given a summons in connection with a Nov. 11 incident in which he allegedly put his hands on the neck of client Milton L. John during a break in a court hearing.

Buck allegedly touched John’s neck after John allegedly engaged Buck in invective criticism regarding previous legal representation and fees. No one was injured in the incident.