The Supreme Court, in a narrow ruling Thursday, rejected fines levied against several television networks for having aired “fleeting expletives” or momentary nudity nearly a decade ago.
The justices said the broadcasters were not given “fair notice” the lapses would be treated as major violations of the federal broadcast rules against indecency. The justices avoided a broad ruling on the 1st Amendment and whether traditional broadcasters now deserve the same free-speech rights as cable TV and other media.
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