HINGHAM — Prominent defense attorney Tracy A. Miner avoided charges Wednesday related to an alleged underage drinking party at her Scituate house on New Year’s Eve.
In a closed court hearing at Hingham District Court, Clerk Magistrate Joseph Ligotti took Miner’s case under advisement. If Miner avoids trouble with police for the next six months, any potential charges the attorney might have faced will be dropped.
When asked about the proceedings on her way out of the courtroom, Miner said: “I trust the justice system. I work in it.”
Asked if having a working connection to the legal system helped her avoid trouble, Miner answered no.
Miner, 54, was summoned to court after hosting a party for her daughter on New Year’s Eve, when underage guests allegedly consumed alcohol. According to a police report, officers went to the Gannett Road house after a phone call reported there was an unconscious male at the party.
The report said that when police arrived, dozens of teenagers fled the home. Firefighters soon found the unconscious male and began treating him, the report said, and Miner came downstairs soon afterward to ask why the emergency crews were in her house.
According to the report, Miner said that she was throwing a party for her daughter and her daughter’s friends and that she had collected all their car keys with the intention that they would stay the night.
Eight teenagers, including Miner’s 17-year-old daughter, were summoned to court. Five of those teenagers appeared alongside Miner Wednesday.
Those youths will have to stay clean for 90 days and take alcohol-awareness classes in order to have any alcohol-possession charges dropped. Their names were not made available, as they have not yet been charged. The remaining three teenagers will appear in court at a later date.
Sergeant Michael O’Hara, Scituate’s police prosecutor, said the town is researching an appeal to the judge’s decision.
According to O’Hara, Miner said at the hearing that she did not know that any alcohol was being served in her house until police arrived.
O’Hara had no comment when asked how Miner avoided criminal charges.
Miner is a lawyer with the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo. Gina Addis, the firm’s director of public relations, was not immediately available for comment.