Janet Jackson "Wardrobe Malfunction" Case Denied by Supreme Court
10 months ago
Supreme Court claims the FCC did not give CBS prior warning that a brief moment of exposure could lead to censure.
The Huffington Post is reporting that the Supreme Court has denied the government's petition in the case of the Federal Communications Commission vs. CBS over Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at a past Super Bowl.
The highest court in the land relieved CBS of a $550,000 fine that was levied upon them over the incident at the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
The case failed to gain the four votes from justices needed to grant the petition.
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The Supreme Court claimed that the FCC didn't warn these networks that a brief moment of exposure or indecency could lead to censure.
While the decision was a win for the three networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) who all, at different points, incurred the wrath of the FCC, Chief Justice John Roberts said that "the brevity of an indecent broadcast -- be it word or image -- cannot immunize it from FCC censure."