Justices Duck Free Speech Questions In FCC Indecency Case

Law360, New York (June 21, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Federal Communications Commission failed to give TV networks Fox and ABC sufficient notice of changes to its indecency policy before fining them, but declined to address whether the policy itself violates free speech.

The decision vacates a ruling by the Second Circuit that invalidated the FCC's policy of mandating fines for "fleeting expletives" in its entirety on the grounds that it was unconstitutionally vague.

In an 8-0 decision by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the high court took a much...
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