From the January 1968 magazine.

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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 both of these cases was that punishment for the offense of drunkenness was "cruel and unusual," and thereby forbidden by the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

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