Monday, January 14, 2008

Kucinich wins injunction vs. NBC, will appear in the Nevada debate

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, the peace candidate for U.S. President, has won an injunction in Nevada courts that will allow him to participate in the Nevada Democratic Party debate, co-hosted by U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, IMPACTO, 100 Black Men of America, the African American Democratic Leadership Council and the College of Southern Nevada, and broadcast by MSNBC.

According to Information from the Clark County Courts (Nevada):
Senior Judge J. Charles Thompson granted an injunction sought by Dennis Kucinich seeking to allow him to participate in the Democratic Party debate scheduled for January 15, 2008 in Las Vegas. Judge Thompson asked Kuchnich’s attorney to prepare an order for his signature.

Kucinich’s attorney argued that NBC had violated the FCC’s rules on providing equal time on nationally regulated airwaves for candidates running for public office. NBC argued the equal time requirements do not apply to debates being broadcast on cable television. In addition, Kucinich’s attorney argued NBC had breached a contract made when the Democratic Party and NBC invited Kucinich to the debate last week, then resinded the offer. NBC denied it had invited Kucinich to participate.

Judge Thompson keyed in on who made the original invitation to Kucinich and then asked both parties about the subsequent change in the lineup for the debate. In making his ruling Judge Thompson said, “If the rules changed in the middle of the game, then I am offended by that.”

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