Reports: Shoplifting Charge Against Justice Dropped After She Reveals Her Job
Jan. 28, 1992
BOSTON (AP) _ A justice on the state's highest court was booked on a shoplifting charge, but the store decided not to pursue the charge after learning she was a judge, according to police and news reports.
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ruth I. Abrams was accused by Filene's Basement of taking a wallet Sunday worth $11.
At first, she identified herself only as an attorney, the Boston Herald reported today, citing sources it did not identify. She identified herself as a judge after she was booked, sources told the newspaper.
Several minutes after revealing her job, a store supervisor called police to say the store was ''no longer interested in pursuing the case,'' said police spokesman Vincent Loporchio.
''The matter is closed as far as we're concerned,'' said Martin Keane, loss prevention director at Filene's. He wouldn't comment further.
Court spokeswoman Joan Kenney said Abrams, who has been on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for 16 years, denies wrongdoing and considers the matter resolved. Abrams, 61, wouldn't comment Monday.
The police Bureau of Internal Investigation is looking into whether officers involved in the case followed established procedures, Loporchio said.