Moot Court Keedy Cup Finals
Jan 27, 1994
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Students from the University of Pennsylvania argued the merits of the Federal Communication Commission’s “Must Carry” rule. The “Must Carry” law was challenged in the high court by Turner .. Read More
Students from the University of Pennsylvania argued the merits of the Federal Communication Commission’s “Must Carry” rule. The “Must Carry” law was challenged in the high court by Turner Broadcasting System, and joined in the effort by Time Warner Entertainment, USA Network, Arts and Entertainment and other cable companies and programmers. The “Must Carry” rule requires local cable systems to carry all local broadcast channels within the area served by the cable system. Since there are a limited number of channels available on the delivery system of cable television, the “Must Carry” rule has meant that in some cable systems, local broadcast channels have replaced national programming networks. This moot court session was held at the University of Pennsylvania. Justice David Souter presides over the moot court session. C-SPAN aired the moot court because the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision validated the “Must Carry” rule earlier in the week. In Monday’s Supreme Court decision Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion. He was joined in the decision by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and Justices Harry Blackmun, David Souter and John Paul Stevens. Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas voted to strike down the cable tv regulation.