No. 71-36.

409 U.S. 109 (1972)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided December 5, 1972.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

L. Stephen Porter, Deputy Attorney General of California, argued the cause for appellants. With him on the brief was Evelle J. Younger, Attorney General.

Harrison W. Hertzberg and Kenneth Scholtz argued the cause for appellees. With them on the brief was Warren I. Wolfe.

MR. JUSTICE REHNQUIST delivered the opinion of the Court.

Appellant Kirby is the director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, an administrative agency vested by the California Constitution with primary authority for the licensing of the sale of alcoholic beverages in that State, and with the authority to suspend or revoke any such license if it determines that its continuation would be contrary to public welfare...

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