Final Arguments

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Supreme Court heard the last oral arguments of the term yesterday. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at, discusses this year's cases and the decisions yet to come.


Dahlia Lithwick

Comments [12]

B. from NYC

Simple approach to the SCOTUS on televised or broadcast obscenity: Everyone should agree on a set of seven substitute words, i.e., Scalia for ... Alito for ... Thomas for ... Cheney for ... and announce these words.

And then freely use them on broadcast radio and television. A rose by any other name? This is about the Supremes, or else a subset of the Supremes thinking that they can read minds, i.e, they already announced that if children hear the word "f--k" they imagine sexual acts. Funniest thing is just how stupid these people are. You can strip search a child, but you can't say "f--k" on national television?

To be simple about it, Antonin Scalia can go Bork himself. And he should stop wiping his Roberts with the Constitution and the First Amendment, and playing with his little Alito while listening to those oral arguments.

Apr. 30 2009 02:47 PM
seth from Long Island

The SCOTUS ruling upholding the FCC's fine for the use of profanity was an obscenity. This is a free speech issue. Any tv or radio station should be allowed to broadcast profanity over its airwaves. This ban on the 7 or more dirty words is another ridiculous example of the govt trying to child-proof our society. It's an outrage and it's time Americans wake up from their catatonic stupor and fight this ban on free speech.

Apr. 30 2009 11:58 AM
Paulo from Paterson, NJ

Why is it that the conservative line that consumer behavior should be used to curb bad actions by companies who provide food, education, or widgets and doo-dads, but when it comes to entertainment a whole different set of rules applies? And why is it that it only pertains to particular words? Why not ideas? Why is it not ok to say the f-word, but it's perfectly already to advocate hate? I'm not saying either should be banned, but I don't see why one should be subject to legislation when the other is demonstrably more destructive.

Apr. 30 2009 10:32 AM
Robert from NYC

But those are all the ones we want to stay!!!

Apr. 30 2009 10:27 AM
Robert from NYC

Well now there is or soon will be a new FCC group they can change the policy again, no? I think so and maybe they should.

Apr. 30 2009 10:25 AM

According to Chris Matthews on Harball. He speculated that the only way this Specter defection makes sense to the Dems, is to get his vote on healthcare. He would be freed up to vote the democrats way.

It sounds like its short term thinking.

Apr. 30 2009 10:22 AM
markBrown from

Please ask your guests if she thinks that

The congress should re-legislate a ban on Usury, as opposed to what Last Friday (Carolyn Maloney) said ...

it is needed to UNDO the 1974 supreme court ruling allowing unlimited interest rates.

Apr. 30 2009 10:18 AM
Robert from NYC
history of Dutch Cleanser

Apr. 30 2009 10:15 AM
Yosif from Manhattan

Spectar was the senator who wouldn't allow the oil execs to be sworn in during testimony. What a shill.

Apr. 30 2009 10:14 AM
Robert from NYC

You mean you don't remember Dutch Cleanser on the supermarket shelves! It's not that long ago, really, not that long ago.

Apr. 30 2009 10:11 AM
Hugh from Brookyn

Two comments:

1. Brian Lehrer's opening comments and most news of the court since Alito joined just serve as a reminder that we have one of the worst (as in most right-wing, least talented, least intelligent) courts in American history.

2. If a single accidental utterance can be penalized, could WNYC be penalized for the accidental utterance of a caller to The Brian Lehrer Show?

Apr. 30 2009 10:10 AM
Robert from NYC

Anybody who watches the news knows Specter is, was and probably always will be an independent thinker.

Apr. 30 2009 10:09 AM

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