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Challenging the Ban on Online Liquor & Wine
Last Featured: 7/25/2005

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When the nation’s experiment with Prohibition ended in 1933, citizens gave the states the right to regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages within their own borders. But the individually crafted state laws regulating liquor have recently been undermined by the interstate and international marketing potential of the Internet. Can wine and liquor sellers deliver directly to your door? Free trade advocates are sparring with states rights advocates in a U.S. Supreme Court case that will determine the legacy of Prohibition and Americans’ access to alcohol.

Nida R. Samona is the chairperson of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and a member of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth Entrepreneurship Team. For the past six years, she has been an active member of the Southfield City Council and Council President. For over ten years prior to her appointment with the Commission, Samona served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Macomb County, Michigan.

Kathleen Sullivan is the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and former dean at Stanford Law School. She represents a group of wine journalists and connoisseurs who have challenged Michigan's liquor control laws and recently argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Sullivan has written several acclaimed books on constitutional law. An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, she also has been recognized for her skill in the classroom, having won teaching awards at both Stanford and Harvard Law Schools. She is a senior member of the NCC Distinguished Scholars Advisory Panel.

Closing Quote
"A lot of people in this country pooh-pooh Australian table wines. This is a pity, as many fine Australian wines appeal not only to the Australian palette, but also to the cognoscenti of Great Britain. Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is 'Perth Pink.' This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is BEWARE!. This is not a wine for drinking -- this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.

Another good fighting wine is 'Melbourne Old-and-Yellow,' which is particularly heavy, and should be used only for hand-to-hand combat..."

— Monty Python (from Monty Python's Previous Record")

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