High Court Strikes Down Animal Cruelty Video Law

Law360, New York (April 20, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Tuesday that a Clinton-era law banning the sale of depictions of animal cruelty violates the First Amendment because of its “alarming breadth,” siding with a man sentenced to prison for selling videos of dogfighting.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP partner Bob Corn-Revere, co-counsel for Robert J. Stevens, who opposed the law, cheered the high court's decision to strike down a law he said was “beyond the pale in a country that has a First Amendment.”

Congress enacted 18 U.S.C. §...
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