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Supremes Debate Indecency

It's the first such case to reach the court in three decades

Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments this week in a case involving so-called “fleeting” indecency — short utterances that the FCC now says violate broadcast indecency rules.

The case, FCC v. Fox Television Stations, is the first broadcast indecency case to reach the high court in 30 years.

Attorneys expect the commission to look to the decision to guide the agency in decisions on several pending indecency cases.

Three Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth attorneys sat in on the arguments and provided a report.

Court watchers expect a ruling by June 2009.