Animal Cruelty Law Sparks 1st Amendment Furor

Law360, New York (October 3, 2009, 3:02 PM EDT) -- A decade ago, Congress outlawed the sale of depictions of animal cruelty amid concerns over marketing of fetishistic crush videos of women stomping on tiny creatures.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a fight over the law that pits animal rights activists against free speech advocates who say the statute could chip away at First Amendment protections.

“It's an emotionally difficult case. Nobody likes to see kittens killed on screen for someone's pleasure,” said Cathy Crosson, an attorney who filed a brief for...
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