Update on Whiskey Case

By: George McDonald
By: George McDonald

The owners of special edition whiskey bottles, confiscated in Clarke County last year, has had their property returned to them by the Mississippi Tax Commission, the agency oversees alcoholic beverage laws.

The dispute began when the liquor was found by a state trooper after John and Roger Burge of Louisville, Kentucky, were stopped on Interstate-59 in Clarke County.

The alcohol was taken to the Clarke County Sheriff's Department for storage, because Clarke is a dry county.

However, after the case against the Burges was dismissed by a justice court judge, the sheriff refused to release the liquor because alcohol is prohibited in Clarke County.

After sparking a firestorm of controversy, the case was eventually heard by a judge who, based on Mississippi Code 67-1-18, ruled that the whiskey should be turned over to the state tax commission.

The commission decided to return the whiskey to the Burges.


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