An arraignment for Dorothea E. Masur, a former Utah legislator who has been charged with shoplifting, has been continued indefinitely so an alternative to prosecution can be worked out.

Masur, 67, who is chairwoman of the pro-family lobby organization Eagle Forum, was scheduled for arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court on a charge of theft of government property. Masur is accused of stealing lipstick, mascara, eyeshadow and two pairs of earrings at the Hill Air Force Base Exchange on Sept. 4. The items were valued at less than $100.Special U.S. Assistant Attorney Nick Angelides said Masur would not have to appear before U.S. Magistrate Calvin Gould as scheduled because he said he was looking at an alternative plan to prosecution.

"This case was continued indefinitely at this point," said Angelides. "She's not being treated differently than any one else."

Masur and her Salt Lake attorney, Nordell Weeks, could not be reached for comment.

Masur, a conservative activist who lives in Ogden, served in the Utah House from 1980 to 1982. She lost her re-election bid in 1982.