Judges Hear Oral Arguments In FCC Ownership Rules Challenge
February 25, 2011 at 4:03 AM (PT)
A three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in PHILADELPHIA heard oral arguments in the challenge to the FCC's ownership rules THURSDAY (2/25), and BROADCASTING AND CABLE's JOHN EGGERTON reports that observers on both sides of the issue were unable to get a clear read on where the judges stand.
The MEDIA ACCESS PROJECT's ANDREW SCHWARTZMAN told EGGERTON that the judges were "clearly troubled by the arguments that we made about what the commission did wrong. And they were clearly troubled by the arguments that the broadcasters made about what the commission did wrong. We were coming at it from kind of opposite directions. It seems open to the possibility the they will just kind of throw up their hands."
The rules were stayed and remanded by the same three-judge panel in 2007, and have returned to the court four years after the decision and seven years after the initial rules were approved by the FCC (they were revised in 2007, the changes being the source of the present appeal).