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Curling iron charge dropped after Devaney apologizes

Posted by David Dahl, Regional Editor July 31, 2008 11:04 AM

The assault charge against Governor's Councilor Marilyn Petitto Devaney was dismissed today as part of an agreement that had her write a letter of apology to a store clerk for allegedly throwing a bag with a curling iron at her more than a year ago.

With a trial set to begin today in Newton District Court, Devaney agreed to nine months of unsupervised probation in lieu of facing a felony charge. By settling the case, she did not admit to assaulting the clerk.

Devaney had been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after police said she struck a Waltham beauty supply store clerk with a shopping bag containing a curling iron in April 2007. The offense carries a possible sentence of 10 years in prison.

In May of this year, Devaney's trial was delayed after her lawyer filed a motion to dismiss the case for "vindictive prosecution."

At the time, Janice Bassil, who represents Devaney, said the pursuit of a felony charge against her client was unusually aggressive, given the circumstances. Devaney is also a Watertown town councilor.

-- Christina Pazzanese

4 comments so far...
  1. OH well...........

    Posted by Wayne July 31, 08 12:18 PM
  1. Above the law....as usual. Whatever happened to that we are all created equal garbage?

    Posted by Dick Nixon July 31, 08 02:01 PM
  1. She should apologize for more than the curling iron incident.

    Those who would re-elect her, deserve what they get.

    Posted by Do you know who I am?! July 31, 08 02:19 PM
  1. This makes my hair stand on end.

    Posted by raoulduck July 31, 08 03:10 PM
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