A Classic “Remember When”December 6th, 2006 by josh farley
Here’s a great story from our archives that I wanted to share with you. This comes courtesy of my local news editor, Ann Strosnider, and is from the Bremerton Sun in 1931, in the days of prohibition.
“Who knows when grape juice is wine? Kitsap experts fail to agree. A jury of five women and seven men, after deliberating about three hours last night, acquitted Marcus Shauhun, Bremerton shoemaker, of possessing liquor.
Shauhun insisted it was simply juice made from pressed grapes. But the witnesses and jurors couldn’t agree on the potency of the 39 gallons of beverage seized at Marcus’ home by sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff Blankenship testified that a half glass of the alleged wine was enough to give him that sensation commonly engendered by intoxicants.
Prosecutor James W. Bryan declared that after he drank a small portion he “could feel it coursing through his veins.”
One of the woman jurors, however, said she felt no effects whatever after an
entire glassful. Defense Attorney Ray Greenwood was permitted to taste the beverage and said it was all right, but added, “I don’t care much for wine, anyway.”
Failure of Kitsap officials to have an analysis made at the time of the seizure greatly weakened the state’s case.”