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Statement of Constitutional Accountability Center on Ruling in FCC v. AT&T

March 1, 2011

CAC President Doug Kendall: “The Supreme Court appropriately treated AT&T’s argument in this case as the joke that it was.”                                                                                           

Washington, DC –  On news today that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously against AT&T in its bid as a corporation to secure “personal privacy” rights under the Freedom of Information Act, Constitutional Accountability Center President Doug Kendall released the following statement.

“The Supreme Court appropriately treated AT&T’s argument in this case as the joke that it was. But the fact that the Court was even debating whether AT&T could claim ‘personal privacy’ shows how dramatically the playing field in the courts has shifted toward the interests of corporations. Only in a post-Citizens United world could a claim like AT&T’s be argued with a straight face before the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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Resources:

Brief amicus curiae by CAC supporting the Federal Communications Commission against AT&T: http://theusconstitution.org/cases/briefs/fcc-v-att/supreme-court-amicus-brief-fcc-v-att

Opinion of the Court in FCC v. AT&T: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-1279.pdf

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Constitutional Accountability Center (www.theusconstitution.org) is a think tank, public interest law firm, and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of the Constitution's text and history.

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