ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
Now a brief update of story we reported last week about Five Wives Vodka.
Steve Conlin, the partner in charge of marketing at Ogden's Own Distillery, the maker of Five Wives, told us that his product had been banned by the Idaho State Liquor Division. The reason he was given: the vodka's name was offensive to women and Mormons.
Odd, we thought, as Five Wives is distilled and distributed in Utah, home to the Mormon Church and to plenty of women, too. Well, yesterday, Idaho authorities reversed themselves. The reason this time: George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley considered the ban unconstitutional and had threatened to sue on behalf of the distillery. The spirit is now available across the state line, but only through special order.
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