Spotlight on the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its 2008-09 term on Monday with a docket full of cases. In fact, the Justices are scheduled to decide more cases during the 2008-09 session than they have in the previous ten years combined. The School of Law is going to provide a preview of some of the more interesting of these cases with a panel of law professors giving their views on how the cases got to the Court and what might be involved in the decisions. A story on the law school site provides a preview of the preview, including some of the key cases that will be discussed.

One case that Brian Murchison will address is bound to get a lot of play in the media because it’s all about the media. In FCC v. Fox Television Stations, 07-582, the Court decided whether the FCC has the ability to sanction broadcasters for “fleeting expletives.” The case stems from a 2002 episode in which Cher uttered an on air epithet.

The public is invited to attend the preview, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room.

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