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Supreme Court hears arguments on broadcast indecency
There is something utterly hilarious about an 88-year old Supreme Court Justice making the argument that "the F-word, in some formulations, can be very funny." Four years ago, the FCC decided to start cracking down on offensive language on broadcast television. Broadcasters sued to prevent them doing so, and the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case today. Ginsburg is also not buying the FCC's argument that its enforcement isn't arbitrary. She brought up the FCC's allowance for Saving Private Ryan to be aired uncensored. It'll be interesting to see how it comes down.

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kastinkerbell From: kastinkerbell Date: November 4th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'd love to hear Nina Totenberg give the recap on that one!
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 13th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did they reach any sort of decision?
-michelle
rebeccafrog From: rebeccafrog Date: November 13th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, SCOTUS Decisions come out long after oral arguments are made. Sometimes you can tell how the Court will rule based on the justices' reactions at oral arguments, but here it's not at all certain. It'll most likely be a few months before we know.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, thanks. I was wondering about that. Do they have a deadline, or do they just mull untill they are done mulling?
-michelle
p.s. hello! :)
rebeccafrog From: rebeccafrog Date: November 17th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think they're required to release decisions during the term in which the arguments are made; at least, I've never heard of the Court accepting a case, hearing oral arguments, and not deciding it during the same term. Supreme Court terms go October 1 through September 30. If I recall correctly, The Court breaks for the summer in July, and all decisions are rendered before the break.
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