Monday, May 16, 2005

Supreme Court Victory - Well a Small One Anyway

The Supreme Court has handed down a (narrow) victory for wineries over liquor wholesalers. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that states could not simultaneously allow shipments from in-state wineries while banning shipments from out-of-state wineries. Unfortunately, the decision wasn't broadened to prevent states from allowing shipments from out-of-state wineries period. States can still ban ALL shipments. However, progress is progress, I suppose.

Of note, Clarence Thomas vigorously opposed the decision, citing a risk to minors if shipments go unmonitored. Frankly, I would have expected better of the man and I'm disappointed that Juanita Duggan and her scare-tactics got through to him (at least I think it was the scare tactics, surely it couldn't have been anything else? nah....)


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