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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB043 (2000)

ARLB043 Supreme Court Ends KV4FZ Renewal Saga

QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 43  ARLB043
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 1, 2000
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB043 Supreme Court Ends KV4FZ Renewal Saga

The US Supreme Court has put an end to the high-profile license
renewal case of Herbert Schoenbohm, KV4FZ, by denying his petition
for certiorari. The petition was Schoenbohm's last avenue of legal
appeal in the case, which stretches back to 1994. The Supreme
Court's decision will put KV4FZ off the air and terminate
Schoenbohm's legal efforts to get the FCC to renew his Amateur Radio

The Supreme Court announced its latest list of orders October 30.
Schoenbohm's case had been on its docket for possible consideration
during the court's current term.

Schoenbohm--who lives in the US Virgin Islands--petitioned the high
court in August to grant a writ of certiorari calling on the
justices to request the record of his case from the US Court of
Appeals for review. The Supreme Court offered no comment in turning
down Schoenbohm's petition.

Following Schoenbohm's 1992 felony conviction on federal fraud
charges, the FCC set his Amateur Radio renewal application for a
hearing in 1994. The FCC subsequently turned down his application,
citing his conviction and character issues. The US Appeals Court
turned down Schoenbohm's request for a rehearing by the full bench
after it rejected his appeal of the FCC's decision last February.
Schoenbohm has said he was the first amateur to face the loss of his
license on the basis of character.

Schoenbohm holds the call signs VP2VFZ, VP2MFZ, VP2EFZ, and PY1ZAI,
but he may not use those call signs from US territory.


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