In a closed hearing in Hingham District Court on Wednesday, prominent defense lawyer Tacy Miner avoided charges related to alleged underage drinking at her Scituate home on New Year's Eve.
According to Sergeant Michael O'Hara, Scituate's police prosecutor, Clerk Magistrate Joseph Ligotti has taken the case under advisement for the next six months. If Miner stays out if trouble for six months, the potential charges will be dropped, O'Hara said.
O'Hara said he would look into filing an appeal, but from what he understood, he would have to wait the six months before Scituate Police could move forward.
Scituate police had accused Miner, 54, of furnishing alcohol to minors and of keeping a disorderly house. Under the state’s social host law, it is illegal for adults or minors to furnish alcohol or allow it to be consumed in their home by underage drinkers.
As she walked to her car after Wednesday's session, Miner was asked about the case and said only, "I trust the justice system. I work in it."
Asked if her connections to the legal system helped her avoid charges, she answered, "No."
According to the Scituate police report, officers who responded to a call about the New Year's Eve party saw as many as 30 teenagers running from the house. Eight teens, age 17 to 19, were summonsed to court.
Five of the teens appeared in court Wednesday and will have to attend alcohol-awareness classes and stay clean for 90 days in order to have alcohol-possession charges dropped. The other three teens will appear in court at a later date.
Their names were not immediately available.