Saturday, May 26, 2001

Ohio sued over new 5-keg law

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — A civil-rights group and a college professor sued the state Friday over a new requirement that buyers of five or more beer kegs must register their parties and sign a form permitting police onto their property.

        The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of Scott Hooper of Ohio University, arguing the rule is unconstitutional.

        The rule requires Mr. Hooper “to waive his constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures” the suit says.

        Buyers must give the location of the party to beer distributors and sign an affidavit allowing liquor agents and police to enter the property to enforce liquor laws.


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