Posts Tagged ‘Supreme Court’

ORIGINAL SURVIVOR WINNER TO HAVE TAX CASE HEARD BY SUPREME COURT

June 4, 2008

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The first ever winner of the reality tv show Survivor, Richard Hatch, is currently in prison. He is serving a four year sentence for not paying income tax on his tv winnings.

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear his appeal.

Hatch’s lawyer has said his client confronted producers about cheating during taping of the show. He says a producer promised his taxes would be paid if he kept quiet and went on to win the competition. CBS tv denies that claim.

SUPREME COURT HEARS CASE ON “THE F-WORD”

March 17, 2008

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The U.S. Supreme Court began hearings today over the use of curse words on the airwaves.

It’s the Court’s first major case involving broadcast indecency in 30 years.

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George Carlin’s Supreme Court case led to the “Seven words you can’t say on television.”

Fox Broadcasting Co., along with ABC, CBS and NBC, are suing the Federal Communications Commission. Specifically, for FCC fines involving so-called “fleeting expletives,” one-time uses of the F-word or its close cousins.

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The networks contend they shouldn’t be held responsible for profanities they have no control of that are uttered on live broadcasts.

The networks challenged a new FCC policy after the commission said broadcasts of entertainment awards shows in 2002 and 2003 were indecent because of profanity uttered by Bono, Cher and Nicole Richie.

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