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Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. v. Democratic National Committee (1973)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 10/16/1972
Decided 5/29/1973
Supreme Court Vote 7-2
IssueWhether a broadcast licensee's general policy of not selling advertising time to individuals or groups wishing to speak out on issues they consider important violates the Federal Communications Act or the First Amendment.
Majority Opinion Burger, C.J. (with respect to Parts I, II, and IV)
Concurring Opinion White, J. (concurring Parts I, II, & IV), & Blackmun, J. (concurring in Parts I, II, & IV), & Douglas, J. (concurring in judgment)
Dissenting Opinion Brennan, J. (joined by Marshall, J.)
Lower Court DC Circuit
For Petitioner
J. Roger Wollenberg for petitioner in No. 71-863

Vernon L. Wilkinson for petitioner in No. 71-866

For Respondent
Joseph A. Califano, Jr., for respondent Democratic National Committee in Nos. 71-863, 71-864, and 71-866

Thomas R. Asher for respondent Business Executives' Move for Vietnam Peace in Nos. 71-864 & 71-865

For United States
Solicitor General Griswold argued the cause for petitioners in No. 71-864

Opinion - Lower Court
450 F.2d 642
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