Court Sides With Local Bar Over Lost Liquor License

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Sedgwick County judge has ruled in favor of a Wichita bar after the City revoked its liquor license.

The city council voted 4-3 to revoke the liquor license for Doobley's Bar and Grill in July. The measure stemmed from a June, 2010 incident after a man was severely beaten outside Doobley's on North West Street.

Wichita Police said bar owner Robert Crandell gave false statements during their investigation. Crandell has since pleaded no contest to obstruction of the legal process, saying he did so because he couldn't afford to go to trial.

Crandell's attorney filed a lawsuit shortly after the city revoked the license. Crandall said the city was trying to force him out of business.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Anthony Powell granted a temporary injunction pending an Aug. 5 hearing.

Judge Powell has determined the City acted beyond its authority, when leaders decided to revoke Doobley's liquor license. The judge also said the City violated due process rights during a hearing concerning the revocation.

KAKE's Deb Farris will have more reaction on the decision on later KAKE newscasts.

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