Radio & Records (R&R)
March 12, 1999
Minnesota Pirate Scores In Court
A federal court in Minneapolis must reconsider a September 1997 decision legitimizing the government's November 1996 seizure of equipment used by Minneapolis-based Beat Radio. The federal appeals court in St. Paul said Feb. 26 that the district court should take into account Beat operator Alan Freed's argument that the FCC's current low-power rules are unconstitutional. The commission declined comment on the ruling. The FCC is also awaiting decisions on pirate cases from the federal appeals courts in New York (Praise FM), Cincinnati (Reverend Rick Strawcutter and Radio Maquina), St. Paul (farmer Roy Neset), Atlanta (Arthur Kobres) and San Francisco (Free Radio Berkeley).
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