Liquor Commission submits brief in Whiteclay Supreme Court case

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 17:37:50-04

Another move was made in the Whiteclay case. The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission filed their brief as to why the four liquor stores in town should remain closed. 

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The Nebraska Supreme Court is reviewing the case after the NLCC decided to close down the four stores this past spring and judge Andrew Jacobsen overruled that decision saying the commission did not have the authority to revoke the four stores’ licenses.

The stores had to stop selling alcohol May 1st and have been fighting to re-open their door. 

The NLCC’s brief is their reasoning behind closing the stores, saying “The Commission would have been derelict in its duty to protect the public “health, safety, and welfare” in the “sound and careful control…
of the…sale and distribution of alcoholic liquor” by renewing the four licensees of the Beer
Stores so that they could continue selling over 330,000 gallons of alcohol a year in an unincorporated village of nine people with no adequate law enforcement.”

The lawyer representing the four bar owners has until July 31st to submit their brief.