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PA distributors sue state for unfair prosecution.

Eight Pennsylvania beer distributors are suing the state for what they say is unfair prosecution.

The distributors claim they are having problems renewing their licenses because their consultant, David Trone, is under indictment for racketeering.

A suit filed in Commonwealth Court seeks to solve the administrative problems, in part by arguing that Trone has not been convicted of any crime and they are being unfairly punished.

Prosecutors say Trone violated a Pennsylvania law prohibiting one person from having a financial interest in more than one distributorship in the state.

Martha Helmreich, one attorney representing the beer distributors, told The Patriot-News newspapers of Harrisburg that the law is unclear in its definition of financial interest. Helmreich also said that Trone did not own any of the distributorships in question.

Those distributors suing the state include A.E.V, the Red Sky Beer and Pop Warehouse of Pittsburgh; the Busy Bee of York; Theodoratos Quality Imports of Mechanicsburg; Case Beer and Soda Outlet of Harrisburg; Case Beer Outlet of Hanover; and Jet Distributor of North Versailles.
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Title Annotation:Pennsylvania beer distributors
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Sep 6, 1993
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