Thursday, April 30, 2009

Elsie Law's Daily Dose Of The Law

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court made a decision to uphold the standing law regarding expletives uttered on tv and radio broadcasts.

According to the "Fleeting Expletives Rule" the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can fine broadcasters $10,000 per expletive aired before the 10 pm hour.

The long-standing debate regarding this law is far from over. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration is set to fill 3 out of the 5 FCC positions due to vacancies. The opinions of those who fill the vacancies will greatly affect whether this issue will reach the courts once again. The First Amendment, right to free speech, debate also consistently arises regarding ths issue.

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