Former Rice student's name cleared of charges
Alcohol charges against Will Rice College alumnus Arpit Shah were dismissed on
April 2 when the Houston Police Department officer responsible for his case did
not appear at the trial.
Shah and WRC senior Mike Shannon were cited by undercover Texas Alcoholic
Beverage Commission officers on Feb. 17, 1996 when they went to Spec's Liquor
Store on Holcombe Boulevard to purchase liquor for the RPC's Rodeo Party.
Shah, then a senior, was charged with making alcohol available to a minor,
Michael Shannon, who was 20 years old at the time. The charge of underage
possession against Shannon was dismissed on Feb. 26, because no officer
appeared at his trial.
Shah was pleased to combat the law and win, but he expressed annoyance that the
trial process had taken more than a year, included multiple hearings, and that
both he and Shannon each had to pay $250 in legal fees so their names could be
This item appeared in the News section of the April 4, 1997 issue.
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