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FCC v. League of Women Voters of California (docket #: 82-912) (1984)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 01/16/1984
Decided 7/2/1984
Supreme Court Vote 5-4
 
IssueWhether Section 399 of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, as amended by the Public Broadcasting Amendments Act of 1981, which forbids any "non-commercial educational broadcasting station which receives a grant from the Corporation" to "engage in editorializing," violate the First Amendment.
Majority Opinion Brennan, J.
Dissenting Opinion Rehnquist, J. (joined by Burger, C.J. & White, J.), Stevens, J.
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments (Oyez)  [Oyez]
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

For Respondent
Frederic D. Woocher

News
"Broadcasters Seek End to Regulation," New York Times, February 9, 1984, sect. C, p. 30
"Department of Justice and Broadcasters Tangle in Supreme Court Over Editorializing," Communications Daily, January 17, 1984, p. 4
"Editorial Ruling Elates Public Stations," Los Angeles Times, July 3, 1984, sect. E, p. 1
"High Court Rules for Public TV," Washington Post, July 3, 1984, sect. A, p. 1
Commentary
"Alito as government lawyer: '84 broadcast-regulation case"

"Partisan Speech on the Public Air," New York Times, July 26, 1984, sect. A, p. 22
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