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(Neb)-Dropping Violations After Whiteclay Closures Saved State $50K

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/13/2018 06:20 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The decision by Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson not to prosecute alleged liquor law violations by the 4 former liquor license holders in Whiteclay because they've already lost their licenses will save the state an estimated $50,000 in legal fees.
 
     Authorities had accused the stores of violations that included selling to bootleggers and failing to cooperate with investigators, but Peterson decided in October to drop the cases.

     The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, which effectively closed the stores in April by voting not to renew their licenses, had sought fines for the violations to pay an attorney who had done most of the legal work on the case but was no longer employed by the state. The decision not to prosecute made his services unnecessary.

     The savings were disclosed in Gov. Pete Ricketts proposed budget released Wednesday as part of his State of the State address.


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