Friday, September 26, 2003

Do Not Call List gets another Hack down

Less than another 24 hours has passed, and yet another out-of-control federal judge with a King George complex has declared the National Do Not Call Registry, the list of phone numbers which will fine up to $11,000 for each violation by telemarketers, unconstitutional, before it can be implemented next week.

The Washington Post reports that U.S. District Judge of Denver, Edward W. Nottingham was announced minutes after Congress, with lightening bipartisan resolve, voted to grant the FTC the authority that another federal judge claimed it didn't have.

Nottingham, ruled that the Registry was unconstitutional on freedom-of-speech grounds because it would have allowed telemarketers for charitable organizations to continue to call numbers on the list even though commercial firms would be barred from doing so.

"By exempting charitable solicitations, the FTC "has imposed a content-based limitation on what the consumer may ban from his home . . . thereby entangling the government in deciding what speech consumers should hear."

MEMO TO THE LORD HIGH JUDGE NOTTINGHAM - I can "ban" from my home any damn thing I want.

The ruling also sets up a showdown in the Supreme Court who is the final arbiter of all things "constitutional."

Meanwhile, sales for this item should be rising in the near future.


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