DA: Ex-Beverly councilor tried to intervene in relative’s court case

PEABODY — A former Beverly city councilor, censured by colleagues a decade ago over an anonymous letter containing false allegations of a police coverup, attempted to intervene in a relative’s court case in Peabody last week. 

John Burke, who is now a Middlesex County assistant district attorney, showed up last Monday in Peabody District Court for the arraignment of a cousin who was charged in a domestic abuse case, Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney’s office confirmed on Monday. 

Monahan confirmed that Burke sat inside the bar, the enclosed area at the front of the courtroom typically reserved for attorneys who are appearing in court on behalf of clients, and then discussed the case with an Essex assistant district attorney. 

At some point in that discussion, Burke flashed a badge of some sort, leading the prosecutor to believe he was connected with state police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office,

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