Prison inmates blame their crimes on booze, sue manufacturers

Prison inmates blame their crimes on booze, sue manufacturers

CaptureThe inmates are once again running the asylum. The asylum in this case is a prison, the Idaho State Correctional Institution.

But the inmates are inmates – and potentially wealthy ones at that, Boise TV station KBOI reports:

U.S. District Court records … confirm that a civil suit was filed Dec. 10 by inmates Keith Allen Brown, and co-plaintiffs Jeremy Joseph Brown, Cory Alan Baugh, Woodrow John Grant and Steven Todd Thompson.

The five are seeking damages to the tune $1 billion from makers of beer, wine, and spirits whose products they claim led them to a life of crime. According to The Idaho Statesman, chief litigant Brown wrote in the suit he spent a “great deal of time in prison” due to “situations in which alcohol played a major role,” and that he was never “informed that alcohol was habit forming and addictive” before he became an alcoholic.

The suit names a number of major brewers – among them Miller Brewing Company, Anheuser-Busch Co., and Adolph Coors Co. It also names Gallo Winery and Brown-Furman Co., distributor of Finlandia vodka, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, and Korbel California Champagne. Ten companies are named in all.

The suit further alleges that as a result of drinking alcohol without recognizing its addictive properties, the plaintiffs performed acts that “caused them to become incarcerated for a great portion of their lives”:

The plaintiffs claim if they had not been addicted to the products sold by the defendants that they would have lead normal lives as productive members of society.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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