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Devaney pleads not guilty to assault charge

Posted by Martin Finucane May 17, 2007 12:13 PM

WATERTOWN/WALTHAM

With a priest by her side, Governor's Councilor Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney pleaded not guilty yesterday in Waltham District Court to felony charges that she assaulted a store clerk last month.

Devaney, 69, of Watertown, is accused of striking Adriana Latif in the chest at Sally Beauty Supply in Waltham with a shopping bag containing a curling iron on April 13, after Latif refused to accept Devaney's personal check without a driver's license.

Latif alleges Devaney flashed her State House identification badge and pointed to state-issued license plates on her 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser in an attempt to use her status to get Latif to cooperate.

In an interview with the Globe yesterday, Devaney said she has been "wrongly accused" and believes she'll be exonerated once she has had a chance to tell her side of the story.

-- Christina Pazzanese

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