Friday, August 08, 2008

Wanna abuse an animal and videotape it? It's ok with the 3rd Circuit.

A couple of weeks back the 3rd Circuit issued (imho) a very disappointing ruling in U.S. v. Stevens. In a 10-3 decision, it vacated the conviction of Robert Stevens, the first person tried under a 1999 law banning depictions of animal cruelty. Finding that the ban was not a sufficiently compelling government interest, it held that the law violates the First Amendment.

Read an analysis - courtesy of the First Amendment Center - with a link to the decision, here...

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