Jury Selection Begins For Wally The Beer Man’s Trial

By Caroline Lowe, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The trial began Wednesday for Wally “The Beer Man” McNeil and another vendor accused of selling beer to an underage police decoy at Target Field.

McNeil and vendor Ed Stepnick are on trial together.

Right before the jury selection process began, they rejected a last-minute plea deal from the prosecution, deciding to leave their fate to a jury.

McNeil and Stepnick were among eight vendors busted for not checking the ID of the teenage decoy last September at Target Field.

Their attorney, Peter Wold, is accusing the officers of entrapment. Wold told the judge Wednesday that he plans to bring up the fact a police sergeant who supervised the sting at Target Field has since been fired for allegedly lying in another case.

Six jurors will be chosen to decide if the two are guilty of the gross misdemeanor crimes. It was clear from questioning of prospective jurors that a lot of them are Twins fans, who will have to put those feelings aside to decide on the facts of the case.

About half of the prospective jurors said they had heard about McNeil’s case from news reports — but said they could give him a fair trial.

Judge Peter Cahill expects the trial to last until at least  Friday and could go into next week.

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  1. Mike D says:

    So we are wasting tax payers money on this stupid case by bringing in a jury! Wally – YOU ARE GUILTY!! G-U-I-L-T-Y!!! Entrapment or not, you served a minor!!! It’s against the LAW!! But God Bless America and its justice system. It’s at its best right here.

  2. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    If I were on the jury Wally would be going a free man 15 minutes after jury deliberations started. This star chamber has gone on long enough.

  3. Jason says:

    Wally the beer man has been a fixture of the twin cities for as long as I can remember. This is sad. Also Im with Richard 100%

  4. John says:

    By the letter of the law, he is guilty.
    But c’mon, there are a million other things worse than this that we should be trying to prosecute. Fine him and move on.

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      By the letter of the law, it’s like The state charging a bus driver a crime for not making an old tired black woman sit in the back of the bus.

      1. Victim Du Jour = Idiot says:

        Can you read an article without having to make a comment, or are you just a narcicisstic b_____d who has to see your stupid moniker in print all the time?

      2. Victim Du Jour says:

        Your contempt is my badge of honor.

      3. Victim Du Jour = Idiot says:

        Whatever it takes, just proves my moniker is correct…

      4. Victim Du Jour says:

        I’m rubber and you are glue, what ever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.

        Infinity!

      5. Victim Du Jour = Idiot says:

        I see you left this comment after Midnight., shouldn’t 10 yr olds be in bed by then?

        And I know you won’t be able to resist having the last world, because that’s what children do, but I have to go to work and then go celebrate the Irish by having an adult beverage because that’s a grown up can do, so I won’t be answering you anymore. Happy St Patrick’s Day–Let’s buy Wally a green beer!

      6. Victim Du Jour says:

        Use tongs to drink tour green beer because you are glue, and you don’t want an empty beer bottle stuck to your hand.

  5. Victim Du Jour says:

    If the kid was over 18, he is an adult and the 14th amendment gives him the right to use alcohol.

    Minnesota Judges have lawyer disease, and they don’t know how to read.

    1. Have you read the Constitution says:

      Here is the 14th Amendment. Where in here does it say an 18 yr old has the right to use alcohol?

      Amendment 14 – Citizenship Rights. Ratified 7/9/1868. Note History

      1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

      2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

      3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

      4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

      5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        Section 1 is the equal protection clause. Read it a few times and it might sink in.

      2. Have you read the Constitution says:

        With your interpretation, we couldn’t have any laws against anything. Let’s have a free for all! Luckily, most people seem to have more common sense than you and don’t make stupid comments to stir the pot. Ironically, I agree with all the statements that if an 18 yr old can join the military, vote. etc, they should be able to drink. But you are such a stooge about everything, it’s hard to take you seriously.

      3. Question says:

        Where in section 1 is the age of 18 mentioned? Section 2 mentions age 21, but I’m not seeing 18 anywhere, is it somewhere else? (Not picking a fight Victim, I’m really asking, so leave your barbs for someone else…)

      4. Victim Du Jour says:

        It says in plain black and white in section 1, 18-21 year olds have the same rights and privileges as the rest of our adult population.

      5. Victim Au Gratin says:

        This is a copy of the 14th Amendment, copied and pasted direct from the US Constitution website. Where in section 1 does it specificy ages 18-21? I’m not trying to fight with you, I’m just not seeing it…

        AMENDMENT XIV
        Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.

        Note: Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.

        Section 1.
        All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

        Section 2.
        Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age,* and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

        Section 3.
        No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

        Section 4.
        The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

        Section 5.
        The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

        *Changed by section 1 of the 26th amendment.

        ——————————————————————————–

      6. Victim Du Jour says:

        Read the part that says “no state shall make or enforce laws ANY law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States”

        Funny you miss the life and liberty part all together.

        The government is not allowed to make laws that only apply to 18-21 year olds.

      7. Victim Au Gratin says:

        Like I said, I’m not trying to fight you, I’m trying to understand where you’re coming from. You don’t have to make snarky comments all the time. You obviously see it differently than the majority. Has anyone actually really challenged it in the legal system? I think you should fight the good fight and try and change it… The drinking age was 19 when I turned 19, and I don’t really see anything different in society since they changed it to 21.

  6. taxpayer says:

    the tax payers monies were wasted with the police sting thats the waste,there has to be other things the police could and can be doing insted of this #$*%, also i’m sure they (police) enjoyed the ball game on the tax payers ticket!!!

    1. ?? says:

      Did you know it’s part of the minor consumption laws that police are required to do compliance checks aka stings at all establishments that serve alcohol? Once again, blame the police for having to enforce stupid laws. If you don’t like it, call your legislator, don’t blame the police. If they weren’t doing it, someone else would be whining that they’re not doing their jobs…

  7. Dave says:

    How many teenage “kids” and their “parents” should be in prison? What nut is prosecuting this case, and to what end? Idiots all.

  8. Tax payer says:

    What a waste of tax payers money and everyone’s time. This trial will never solve the problem government or whoever thinks under age drinking will ever be solved. As long as their are teenagers in this world, there will always be underage drinking. Just like the war on drugs in the USA will never be won or prostitution. There will always be a demand. If Wally sold a beer to someone underage, there will be thousands of people like Wally who accidentally sell to a minor. We are all human and mistakes happen and stories like this get blown out of proportion. The press and government need to deal with these types of fact and not go off on some witch hunt or feel there is some type of need to set an example of someone.

  9. beer me says:

    Wally has been and will continue to be a Minnesota Icon. But this whole thing is silly. Shouldn’t he just get a fine and move on? Wally broke the law…now pay the fine!
    2 things are happening here…
    1. Wally is being a whiny little bi**h about the whole thing.
    and
    2. The authorities are trying to make an example of Wally because he is well know. they are sending a message that underage consuption will not be tolerated

  10. Disgusted says:

    Time to start taking worthless laws off the books. I am sure at least one of the prosecuters and judge and or court reporter drank underage. If the police try hard enougjh you can fool anyone or as i call it lie about your age in order to fool them into breaking the law!..Pretty sad people have to set others up. The whole government is a joke and so are half of the laws. Things that are law now because someone whines and cries about their beliefs probably was not illegal or against the law ten years ago , but we all turned out normal. People need to live life, not try to change or save the world!

    1. Have you read the Constitution says:

      The best comment made here in a long time!!!!!

  11. REALLY? says:

    This man is at trial-while people that have KILLED pedestrians dont get charged?
    REALLY?

    1. You stole my name! says:

      When did that happen??

  12. lc says:

    you should be id at the door when they scan your ticket and then u get a braclet so wally doesnt have to check your id

  13. HomeGuy says:

    FREE WALLY!

  14. Victim Du Jour says:

    The State of Minnesota is imposing an illegal law on 18-21 year olds.

    1. Let's change it then! says:

      Have you done anything about it? You’d think some over priced defense attorney would’ve thought of this already and sued the State when some rich guy’s spoiled 18 yr old son got caught drinking…

    2. Victim Du Jour should be getting used to being wrong says:

      Actually went to the Constitution website and read the whole thing. Interesting reading, as it also gives the history of each Amendment and why it was passed. The only reference to giving rights to people 18 instead of 21 seems to be here : “26th Amendment
      The United States was in the throes of the Vietnam War and protests were underway throughout the nation. Draftees into the armed services were any male over the age of 18. There was a seeming dichotomy, however: these young men were allowed, even forced, to fight and die for their country, but they were unable to vote. The 14th Amendment only guaranteed the vote, in a roundabout way, to those over twenty-one.

      The Congress attempted to right this wrong in 1970 by passing an extension to the 1965 Voting Rights Act (which itself is enforcement legislation based on prior suffrage amendments) that gave the vote to all persons 18 or older, in all elections, on all levels. Oregon objected to the 18-year-old limit, as well as other provisions of the 1970 Act (it also objected to a prohibition on literacy tests for the franchise). In Oregon v Mitchell (400 U.S. 112), a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that the Congress had the power to lower the voting age to 18 for national elections, but not for state and local elections. The case was decided on December 1, 1970. Within months, on March 23, 1971, the Congress passed the text of the 26th Amendment, specifically setting a national voting age, in both state and national elections, to 18. In just 100 days, on July 1, 1971, the amendment was ratified.” I did read it quickly, so I may have missed something, but I think you’re fighting the wrong battle Victim…

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        Funny you bring up Nam, because law schools got paid to keep rich kids out of the War.

        Many Judges and Lawyers are draft dodgers, that is a good reason why they don’t know how to read.

        The 14th amendment reads pretty clear to me, and trumps everything else.

        If 18-21 year olds are not adults, then that opinion needs to be properly ratified into the 14th amendment.

      2. Victim Ala Mode says:

        That’s your opinion. And since the only place you’re brave enough to put it is on an anonymous blog that means nothing a month after you wrote it, I guess you won’t get anything accomplished but amusing yourself by being snotty to other people who don’t agree with you. That’s sad.

  15. Keeping it real in Minnesota says:

    I challenge anyone to do wally’s job for a week….and do it without breaking the laws of serving underage drinkers…….fake ID’s are everywhere, and the venues that wally serves makes it impossible…..maybe we should outlaw under 21 folks from going to sporting events…….or as the new gopher stadium did, outlaw any alcohol at public events……….KEEP IT REAL

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