Alcohol Ruined Their Lives
Keith Brown and four other inmates at Idaho's Kuna prison filed a lawsuit in December against eight major beer and liquor manufacturers for having sold them alcohol at an early age without warning of its addictiveness — thus responsible for the men's subsequent lives of crime. Brown, 52, said he's been locked up a total of 30 years and is now serving time for manslaughter. The Oglala Sioux tribe has sued beer distributors and the state of Nebraska for enabling easy access to nearby beer even though it was banned on the reservation. The lawsuit was dismissed on jurisdictional issues, but the tribe may refile.