Wynehamer v. the People
The Temperance Movement, Prohibition And Property
People of the State of New York
That the law prohibiting the sale of alcohol under which Wynehamer was indicted was unconstitutional, because it abridged his constitutional right to dispose of his own property as he saw fit.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
A. J. Parker
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Justices for the Court
Chief Justice Denio, Justices Comstock (writing for the court), Hubbard, Johnson, Johnson, Mitchell, Selden, Wright
Albany, New York
Date of Decision
That the prohibitionary law violated the portion of the state constitution declaring that no citizen be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.
The case struck down an early prohibition statute with higher-law doctrine, and set the stage for national prohibition to be proposed as a constitutional amendment.
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