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After a district court magistrate found probable cause Nov. 14 to charge former Arlington Selectwoman Annie LaCourt and her husband in connection with a party at their home Oct. 19 in which 21 teenagers were allegedly drinking alcohol, sufficient facts were found at a Juvenile Court hearing Thursday, Nov. 15, to move forward on the charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (three counts each).

The arraignment in the latter case had been set Dec. 4 and Dec. 19, at  Cambridge Juvenile Court, 121 Third St., Cambridge. At the Dec. 19 hearing, the case was rescheduled for an unspecified date in February for a pretrial hearing, Capt. Richard Flynn of Arlington police said.

The arraignment on the initial set of charges is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Third District Court, Medford.

LaCourt and her husband, Mark Burstein, are each charged with 33 counts of furnishing alcohol to a person under 21, and are due back in Cambridge District Court on Dec. 21 to be arraigned on those charges, Boston.com reported Nov. 14.

YourArlington attempted to learn independently the outcome of the Nov. 14 magistrate's hearing, but a representative of that office declined to comment despite an earlier promise to do so.

Neither LaCourt nor Burstein attended the Nov. 14 hearing at Cambridge District Court in Medford in which the magistrate found probable cause to charge the couple, Flynn said. The hearing was not open to the public.

Boston.com reported that Flynn said most of the teens have since gone through a local diversion program for first-time offenders to avoid being charged with under age drinking. Charges have been filed against some of the teens who were not eligible for the program, he said.

Flynn told YourArlington Nov. 14 that those accepted into the diversion program "have a ways to go and have by no means completed this process.

"Successful completion of the program is necessary; otherwise, complaints can be brought forth."

After the party, 13 students athletes faced loss of participating in one event each. No students were suspended.

LaCourt declined to comment when contacted by YourArlington last week. The couple's attorney, Thomas Brant of Boston, did not respond to a request for comment.


This story was first published at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, and updated numerous times since, the latest on Dec. 20.

 

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