A District judge rules the Wichita City Council didn't have the authority to revoke the liquor license from two local bars.
Back in July, the city council revoked the license from Doobley's Bar on both West Street and west 31st Street. The decision happened during a regular city council meeting, where the police department stated the bar's owner Robert Crandell made false statements about a beating at one of his bars. Police told the council the misinformation hindered their investigation. The Wichita legal department called it obstructing the legal process and said it fell under a moral violation of city ordinance. That violation resulted in the council voting to revoke the liquor license.
Crandell and his attorney appealed the decision to the Sedgwick County District court. In a ruling released Thursday, Judge Anthony Powell says the council acted beyond the scope of its authority. It also says the city violated the due process rights of Crandell and his company. The judge vacated the revocation, which means Crandell can have his liquor license. He has been operating on the interim because the judge temporarily blocked the city's decision while the issue was under review.