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Supreme Court Agrees to Review Appeal of Alcoholic Offender
On October 9, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a case to decide if chronic alcoholics can be constitutionally punished for being drunk in public.
As noted in the January 1967 Grapevine, the Court had refused to review such a case in October of 1966, when the Civil Liberties Union asked the Court to set aside a drunkenness conviction in California courts in line with earlier decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the "Easter case") and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth District (the "Driver case"). The decision in...