Criminal Justice: More Protection for Drunks

John G. Soronen, a New Jersey diamond setter, began belting the bottle first thing in the morning. He was still at it in the early afternoon, when he walked into the Olde Milford Inn and tossed off two jiggers of whisky and three glasses of beer. A little later, he got up from his bar stool, staggered a few steps and fell, fracturing his skull against a steel column. He died that night.

Soronen's wife sued the inn and James Frei, the bartender who served her husband, charging that they had negligently caused her husband's death by selling him whisky...

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