By a narrow 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the Federal Communications Commission acted reasonably in banning even the single-time utterance of "fleeting expletives" over broadcast airwaves. But the decision in FCC v. Fox Television Stations stopped short of deciding whether the ban violates the First Amendment, as broadcasters had argued. In announcing the opinion, as well as in the text of the decision, Justice Antonin Scalia used euphemisms and asterisks instead of the real words at issue.
Divided High Court Upholds FCC Ban on 'Fleeting Expletives'
The National Law Journal
April 29, 2009