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It looks like Ronnie will avoid going to trial for infamously punching a dude on the boardwalk back in Season 1 of Jersey Shore. You may remember the brawl stemming from Snooki smooching a taken guy in a club. His girlfriend intervened, and somehow this all ended in Ronnie knocking the guy's lights out — on-camera — in the episode "One Punch." This, of course, earned Ronnie an assault charge.

Before going to Italy to shoot Season 4, Ronnie applied for a pretrial intervention program, which is basically the judicial equivalent of taking a class pass/fail. Ronnie wouldn't have to plead either guilty or not guilty to the charges against him, and those charges would subsequently be dropped without a trial if he stayed out of trouble for a predetermined period of time.

Today, Superior Court Judge Stephanie M. Wauters admitted Ronnie to the intervention program. If he keeps his nose clean for 18 months and does some court-mandated community service, all charges will be dropped. And we can forget all about it — except for that guy who will go down in history for getting KO-ed on MTV's biggest, best reality show.

Source: Asbury Park Press

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