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Offended Mom Buys All Store's 'Indecent' T-Shirts

Utah woman plans to return them after 59 days

(Newser) - An outraged mother in one of America's most conservative counties decided to take a stand against a mall store's display of "indecent" T-shirts—by buying them all. Judy Cox says she was shopping with her teenage son in Orem, Utah County, when she spotted a window display... More »

Tunisia Woman Raped By Cops, Charged With Indecency

Protesters take to streets in her support

(Newser) - Tunisian police raped a woman in her car—and when her official complaint prompted charges against them, they charged her with indecency, Amnesty International says. Hundreds are protesting against the officers today, CNN reports, and the AP notes that the woman is being questioned today. Early last month, the woman'... More »

Supreme Court Strikes Down FCC's Profanity Policy

Broadcasters won't have to pay fines, sanctions

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court has thrown out fines and sanctions against broadcasters who violated the FCC policy regulating curse words and nudity on broadcast television. The justices declined today to issue a broad ruling on the constitutionality of the FCC indecency policy. Instead, the court concluded only that broadcasters could... More »

Supreme Court May Rule on 'Wardrobe Malfunction'

FCC wants its $550,000 fine against CBS reinstated

(Newser) - The infamous 2004 Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction may make it all the way to the Supreme Court. The FCC filed an appeal to the high court today, asking it to reconsider a decision by a lower court that threw out a $550,000 fine the FCC levied against CBS, reports... More »

Anti-Gay Pastor Busted for Public Masturbation

New Orleans preacher arrested near playground

(Newser) - A bullhorn-toting New Orleans pastor known for disrupting the city's annual gay festival by loudly denouncing "sinful behavior" has been arrested and charged with masturbating in a public park. Christian fundamentalist Grant Storms was taken into custody after two women complained that he was masturbating in his van while... More »

Court Voids FCC's Policy on Swearing

Indecency policy 'unconstitutionally vague,' judges rule

(Newser) - A federal appeals court ruled today that an f-bomb or two uttered on live TV isn't such a heinous crime after all. The court struck down the FCC's indecency policy on obscenities as "unconstitutionally vague," the Wall Street Journal reports. The zero-tolerance policy was so strict it violated... More »

NY Woman Charged With Adultery

She was allegedly having sex on a picnic table in broad daylight

(Newser) - An upstate New York woman has been charged with adultery, something only twelve others in state history have been charged with, after a mother allegedly spotted her having sex on a picnic table in the park. The police officer who responded happened to know that Suzanne Corona, 49, was married,... More »

Dubai Jails Tourists for Kissing

British pair get month for indecency

(Newser) - A British couple have been sentenced to a month in prison in Dubai after a local woman complained when they kissed in a beachfront restaurant. "We kissed each other on the cheek as a greeting, nothing more,” Ayman Najafi, 24, told the Dubai Appeal Court yesterday. He called... More »

Sudan Woman Tried for Pants Gets Fined, Not Flogged

Lubna Hussein plans appeal to country's constitutional court

(Newser) - The Sudanese woman arrested in July for wearing pants has been fined around $200 but will not receive the 40 lashes once threatened, CNN reports. Lubna Hussein, an erstwhile UN worker who resigned in order to waive immunity and challenge her prosecution, says she will not pay the fine and... More »

Bill Would Keep ED Ads Off TV at Most Hours

Viagra, Cialis ads could be restricted to between 10 pm and 6 am

(Newser) - A bill proposed in the House would ban advertising for drugs to treat erectile dysfunction from airing in the daytime and prime time, the Hill reports. The “Families for ED Advertising Decency Act” would confine such “indecent” advertising to between 10pm and 6am. Under the bill, the makers... More »

Supreme Court Reopens Nipple-Gate

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today ordered a federal appeals court to consider reinstating a fine against CBS for Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, the AP reports. The appeals court had ruled that the glimpse of Jackson’s breast, which lasted nine-sixteenths of a second, should have been considered “... More »

Bird-Flipping Globes Could Cost NBC With Feds

Wrestler director Aronofsky's on-air gesture may be worst violation

(Newser) - The decency police are on NBC’s tail for Sunday’s obscenity-speckled Golden Globes. The Federal Communications Commission is reviewing the program after receiving 18 complaints, the Los Angeles Times reports. The most flagrant violation was probably when The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky jokingly flipped off actor Mickey Rourke as... More »

Apple: No iBoobs for iPhone

Ruins Christmas for geeks everywhere

(Newser) - Apple has ruined Christmas for geeks everywhere, denying them an intensely useful iPhone application called iBoobs. Apple rejected iBoobs from its app store, saying it contained “objectionable content.” The program allowed iPhone users to shake their phones to jiggle a virtual pair of breasts. Apple encouraged the developer... More »

Brits Sentenced for Dubai Beach Sex

Vacationing couple slapped with 3-month sentences for sand snuggle

(Newser) - A British couple has been slapped with a three-month sentence for a drunken roll in the sand on a Dubai beach, the Guardian reports. Prosecutors say the pair—an expatriate woman and a visiting businessman—were spotted having sex on the beach after meeting each other at a champagne brunch... More »

Court Tosses Super Bowl Fine

Federal panel says FCC acted capriciously with $550K penalty

(Newser) - A federal appeals court today threw out the FCC $550,000 fine against CBS for Janet Jackson’s infamous 2004 “wardrobe malfunction.” The decency watchdogs were found to have acted arbitrarily in changing their policy of not punishing fleeting nudity, Broadcasting & Cable reports. The court separately said... More »

Justice Dept. Sues Fox Over Raunchy Reality Show

Latest round in indecency battle

(Newser) - The Justice Department has stepped in to force Fox to pay up $56,000 in indecency fines levied by the FCC but challenged by the broadcaster, Variety reports. Eight Fox-owned stations are being sued to collect fines for a 2003 episode of "Married by America" that featured men at... More »

Fox Thumbs Nose at $91K FCC Fine

Calls indecency ruling on strippers 'arbitrary and capricious'

(Newser) - Think strippers and whipped cream is indecent? Pshaw, says Fox, which wants the FCC to drop a $91,000 indecency fine for a 2003 episode of “Married by America” in which contestants at rowdy parties licked whipped cream off topless strippers. The network originally was fined $1.2 million,... More »

Supremes to Weigh On-Air Swearing

Fox battles the FCC in next big court case

(Newser) - The Supreme Court might take up a gavel in one hand and a bar of soap in the other next term, when it considers a case challenging the FCC’s “fleeting utterances” standards, it announced today. The FCC is appealing a lower-court ruling—which arose when Cher dropped an... More »

ABC Faces Hefty FCC Fine for Bare Bottom

Stiff penalty a sign that group is reviving its anti-indecency crusade

(Newser) - The airing of a woman’s bare bottom almost five years ago could cost ABC $1.43 million, if the FCC gets its way. The media watchdog levied the maximum penalty last night against the Disney-owned broadcaster for a 2003 episode of NYPD Blue. The stiff penalty is a sign... More »

'Wardrobe Malfunction' Busts Into Court

CBS challenges FCC fine for Jackson Super Bowl mishap

(Newser) - Almost 4 years after Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl halftime show, a federal appeals court is being asked to decide whether the incident was indecent or a fluke. The FCC fined CBS $550,000; the network argues the penalty is out of line. It's also having... More »

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