Judge unable to drop felony charges in City Councilor's love-triangle case




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  • 2022-12-08 09:26:45Z
  • By The Herald News

FALL RIVER - City Councilor Pam Laliberte's attempt to get two felony obstruction and harassment charges dropped from her criminal case were dashed, for now, after a District Court judge denied her request.

Judge Sabine Coyne issued her ruling on Tuesday indicating that she does not have the authority as judge to dismiss criminal charges prior to a defendant's arraignment.

Westport police filed charges in August and she's been in Fall River District Court regarding the case three times, but Laliberte has not been arraigned on the charges.

Laliberte, who gave up her seat as council president after word spread of an investigation by Westport police that she harassed the wife and her husband, Laliberte's ex-lover, by cell phone by using an app that hid the caller's number, called a "burner" app.

The felony charges against her stem from Laliberte allegedly lying to police that she wasn't home in her New Boston Road apartment when they attempted to serve a warrant.

Pam Laliberte-Lebeau waits face the judge in court Friday.
Pam Laliberte-Lebeau waits face the judge in court Friday.  

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She also is accused of calling her ex-lover, demanding he put a stop to the investigation or she would reveal their affair, Assistant District Attorney Courtney Cahill indicated in a motion hearing Dec. 2.

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Unclear when city councilor is to be arraigned

Laliberte's next appearance in court is scheduled for Jan. 12, but it is unclear if she will be arraigned on the four counts during that proceeding.

Legal woesLaliberte-Lebeau hires lawyers to take her harassment case. She's due in court in October.

Her attorney, Frank Camara has argued Westport "overreached' in their pursuit to investigate Laliberte and the case was a "love-triangle" situation.

Camara said regarding the arraignment date, both the defense and the District Attorneys' office will have to consider the case "considering the complainants wishes." 

In a rather unusual turn of events during Laliberte's hearing last week, attorneys for the alleged victims showed up in court supporting the motion to dismiss the felonies and send the misdemeanor's heart by a behind doors clerk magistrate.

High profile defense attorney, Kevin Reddington is representing the ex-lover and Attorney Nelia DeStefano represents the wife. 

This article originally appeared on The Herald News: Judge refuses to drop felony charges in City Councilor's love-triangle case

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