UMD Carey Law Prof: Fairness, Not First Amendment, at Issue in Fox Ruling

Article ID: 590651

Released: 21-Jun-2012 1:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of Maryland, Baltimore

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Adjunct Professor Nathan Siegel, regarding the Supreme Court's decision June 21 in FCC v. FOX:
"The Court avoided deciding whether the FCC's indecency policies violate the First Amendment. Instead. It decided that the FCC had tried to make its policies more restrictive in fining the brief expletives and nudity at issue in these cases, and it could not do that with these broadcasts because it needed to first give fair notice to the broadcasters that it was going to enforce a more restrictive policy."

Siegel has spent his career representing media clients in First Amendment, intellectual property and entertainment law cases. He has litigated media cases in numerous federal and state trial and appellate courts, and his clients have included news and entertainment organizations such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Associated Press, ABC, NBC and CBS News, ESPN, Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. and the Arts and Entertainment Television Network.


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