Supreme Court Rejects Law Banning Animal Cruelty Videos

April 21, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a law banning the creation or sale of videos that showed dog fights of depicted various forms of animal cruelty, finding the law an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment. While the focus of the law was far from academe, the College Art Association and other academic groups opposed the law on the grounds that it went beyond barring acts of animal cruelty to banning depictions -- and that could interfere with free expression.

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