Friday, April 08, 2005


Adult hosts are now liable in TN if teens drink at their parties.
From the article:

In an opinion with wide implications for parents of teenagers who host parties, the Tennessee Supreme Court this week ruled that adults have a clear duty to ensure the safety of minor guests if they know that kids are drinking — even if the adults do not provide the alcohol.

The longer I teach criminal law, the more it seems that people don't kill people, alcohol kills people. Everyone involved in the production and serving of alcohol reaps the benefits while externalizing the costs of their activities onto others - the victims. Immunizing them would constitute a government subsidy of their private pursuits.

Get the court's opinion here.