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Supreme Court to Rule on 'Posting' Drunks' Names

Under the laws of 16 states, chronic drunkards--or those who drink enough spirits to give that impression--can be denied the right to purchase intoxicating liquors. In most of these states, a person's name is "posted" in local taverns and liquor stores if members of his family or welfare or other public officials complain that he or she habitually drinks to excess.

In a brief order, the Supreme Court agreed to consider the constitutionality of a Wisconsin statute of this type that was declared unconstitutional last year by a three-judge Federal District Court.

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