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Supreme Court Asked to Reinstate FCC Indecency Policy

Apr 22, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The U.S. Supreme Court was asked Thursday by the Obama administration to reinstate a policy that allows regulators to fine broadcasters who air nudity and curse words when children may be tuning into TV, reports the Associated Press.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York last year threw out the Federal Communications Commission policy because the court said it was unconstitutionally vague and left broadcasters unsure of what could be found offensive, the story notes.

Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, the top Supreme Court lawyer for the administration, said the Supreme Court should hear the case because the earlier ruling meant the FCC had been stripped of its ability to police the airwaves. He included a DVD of a 2003 "NYPD Blue" episode that had been fined for showing a woman’s nude buttocks–a fine that had been thrown out as part of the appeals court ruling, the story notes.

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