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Report: Prominent Lawyer Took Teens’ Keys, But Got Court Summons re Alcohol-Fueled New Year’s Party

Posted Jan 10, 2013 2:56 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A prominent Massachusetts lawyer is facing a court summons after police were called to her home on New Year's Eve, just after 2013 began.

Tracy A. Miner, 54, who chairs the white-collar criminal defense practice at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, must appear with her daughter, 17, and seven others, aged 17 to 19, before a Hingham District Court magistrate to determine if a criminal case should be pursued concerning alleged underage drinking at the event, according to the Boston Globe (sub. req.).

She and the law firm declined to comment when contacted by the Globe.

A police report said Scituate officers were called to the home by someone who reported an unconscious male there, the newspaper recounts, but were met by a stream of about 30 uncooperative youths running from the house as they arrived. Eventually, the officers located the passed-out teen on their own in a chair in the basement.

On the first floor of the home, police said, were pizza boxes, about 50 beer cans and two two 55-gallon garbage containers full of empty alcohol bottles. A “strong odor of freshly burnt marijuana” was also detected by the cops.

Miner had collected keys from her daughter's friends and expected them to stay the night, according to the police report. She had been asleep and came downstairs as firefighters were treating the passed-out youth.

She was accused by police of providing alcohol to minors and keeping a disorderly house, the Globe says. Her daughter and seven others remaining in the home after police got there received summonses to appear regarding possession of alcohol by a minor.

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