Friday, June 15, 2001

Judge dismisses bootlegger; decries hypocrisy

The Associated Press

        PRINCETON — A Circuit Court judge who dismissed an indictment against a man charged with bootlegging in Caldwell County says the community has a double standard on illegal alcohol sales.

        A grand jury recently returned a felony indictment against William Canada for the illegal sale of alcohol in a dry county. Mr. Canada has previously received five misdemeanor convictions for the same charge.

        Commonwealth's Attorney G.L. Ovey said the latest charge was different because Mr. Canada was accused of selling alcohol to minors.

        Circuit Judge Bill Cunningham, however, dismissed the indictment last week and issued a six-page ruling scolding the community for its views on alcohol sales.

        The community tolerates alcohol sales at private social clubs while pushing for prosecution of individuals, he said. Also, minors witness such “illegal sales” when they go to the clubs with their parents or another adult, he said.


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