Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Supreme Court to hear case on whether First Amendment protects depictions of animal cruelty
Some may remember my prior post on U.S v. Stevens when the 3rd Circuit originally ruled that the law banning animal cruelty depictions was unconstitutional, and then this later post after the Solicitor General weighed in asking the Supreme Court to hear the case. On Friday, there was some initial good news - the Supreme Court voted in conference to accept certiorari and will decide whether depictions of animal cruelty warrant First Amendment protection. I'll post more about why the Court should hold that animal cruelty don't deserve free speech protections, particularly when the law that was deemed unconstitutional contained a number of exceptions for legitimate uses. In the interim, How Appealing has a post rounding up a number of articles that announced the Supreme Court's decision to accept jurisdiction.