26 Jan 2009

American Samoa's Chief Justice wants action on those selling alcohol to minors

12:13 pm on 26 January 2009

American Samoa's Chief Justice has instructed the Government to bring people selling alcohol to minors to justice.

Officials are worried about the the growing number of cases where minors have broken the law while under the influence.

The acting Public Defender, Ruth Risch, says the problem of underage drinking is a threat to the community.

"Nearly every juvenile case that we have, involving a person under the age of 21 involves alcohol, and the only way we are going to solve that problem is to keep pressure on store owners to prevent them from selling alcohol to minors."

Ruth Risch says stores will continue to sell alcohol to minors until someone enforces the law.