Animal Cruelty Law Tests Free Speech: Dogfighting Videos

Supreme Court May Hear Case Washington D.C. - In mid December, it was reported that the Department of Justice asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up an animal cruelty case, arguing that an appeals court erred in declaring unconstitutional a federal law that bans selling depictions of animals being tortured. The first case to go to trial under the new law -- passed in 1999 -- involved Robert J. Stevens, a Virginia man who sold videos of pit bulls fighting and killing pigs. He was c… [Read full blog post]