September 4, 2009
Overview of United States v. Stevens
Defending the Animal Cruelty Depictions Act
This fall, for the first time in more than 15 years, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a major case involving animal cruelty. The case concerns infamous dogfighting videographer Robert Stevens, who was convicted by a Pennsylvania jury of violating a 1999 federal law banning the commercial sale of videos depicting extreme and illegal acts of animal cruelty. At issue is whether the law violates the First Amendment.