FCC Attorney Joseph Marino Dies; Argued For Commission In 'Seven Dirty Words' Case
October 18, 2010 at 4:08 AM (PT)
Former FCC attorney JOSEPH A. MARINO, who argued the "seven words you can't say on television" indecency case before the Supreme Court in 1978, died OCTOBER 7th of adrenal cortical cancer in CLEARWATER, FL at 75, reports the WASHINGTON POST.
MARINO, who worked for the FCC from 1960 through his 1997 retirement, was the lead litigator arguing the case for the Commission in the FCC V. PACIFICA FOUNDATION case, involving the broadcast by WBAI/NEW YORK of GEORGE CARLIN's legendary comedy routine. The court ruled 5-4 in the Commission's favor.