Lou Dempsey Case Summary

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As Lawyer Farrington said, Lou Dempsey was accused of illegally selling alcohol to the minor, Eric Howe. Mr. Dempsey failed to meet his responsibilities of asking for identification and anticipating violence and/or accidents caused from alcohol. The amount of alcohol that was given to Mr. Howe, allowed each member attending the party to dissipate their sobriety after drinking four standard cups. He distributed two kegs to minor, Eric Howe, and states himself that it was not his fault for their actions at the keg party afterwards. According to Lou Dempsey’s deposition, the violence after the teenagers were given alcohol was not his fault. Mr. Dempsey knew that Mr. Howe was underage for he worked for Lou by doing lawn work. Mr. Howe’s affidavit says, “...I mowed his lawn for him and his wife. Lou has a…show more content…
When asked the question, “Are you aware that alcohol is a factor in many cases of violence,” he states, “Yes, but that’s not my fault.” Lou Dempsey also failed the experiment of conducting compliance checks. In Jerry Newman’s affidavit, he said that their crew sent in decoys into Mr. Dempsey’s store to examine whether or not he checked for identification for being under the age of 21. These checks are sent out each month and Lou Dempsey’s store failed two of the tests. When this happens the police staff suggests a beverage server training for the owner. Dempsey took no interest in the training. Lou avoided all tasks to prevent selling alcohol to a minor and used his personal emotions to determine the outcome. No thinking was involved to decide whether or not it was a good idea to sell to Mr. Eric Howe, for Mr. Dempsey thought that whatever was done with the alcohol was not his business. He knew relevant information about past occurrences including violence and alcohol, but did not use it to anticipate that this may actually happen at the keg

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