A Montgomery County Court judge yesterday delayed a ruling on whether suspended constable Michael Solow should be held in criminal contempt of court.

Solow, 57, a West Conshohocken constable until his March 31 arrest, is awaiting trial on charges of official oppression. Prosecutors also want him punished for seeking a new constable-identification card from the state after Judge Paul Tressler ordered him not to work or identify himself as a constable.

At a hearing yesterday before Tressler, Solow said that seeking the card was "stupidity" but that he did not intentionally defy the judge. He said he had not worked as a constable but wanted the new card to document, as part of his defense, that he had undergone constable-certification training.

Tressler took the matter under advisement.

- Larry King