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Old 04-20-2010, 08:37 AM
 
Location: deafened by howls of 'racism!!!'
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The Supreme Court struck down a federal law Tuesday aimed at banning videos that show graphic violence against animals, saying it violates the right to free speech.

The justices, voting 8-1, threw out the criminal conviction of Robert Stevens of Pittsville, Va., who was sentenced to three years in prison for videos he made about pit bull fights.
Court voids law aimed at animal cruelty videos
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:47 AM
 
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Based upon the law, even a documentary made for the purpose of exposing dog fighting would have be considered a criminal. Such a law would have exposed the producers of movies like the Cove, the expose on Japanese slaughter of dolphins, in criminal jeopardy.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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Angry Scotus rules: Us law banning sale of crush films violates free speech

Supreme Court strikes down animal cruelty law | Reuters

Will snuff films be considered free-speech, too?
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:44 AM
 
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Excellent news. Free speech won. It bodes well for those of us who want to see pornography and other "obscene" material remain legal.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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How many threads on this rather obscure issue do we need?

But since I'm here...

As I pointed out on the other thread regarding this issue, the law was so vague and broadly encompassing that even documentaries or news stories intended to expose animal abuse could very easily been considered a violation of the law. Before commenting, I would suggest that you would be better served by reading the facts of the case, and the decision of the Court as to why they ruled as they did instead of news accounts.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:49 AM
 
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The people who are upset about this don't understand the definition of free speech.

The question isn't whether or not killing animals is legal. The question is whether or not it should be illegal to film it.

Freedom won.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: texas
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While I am glad free speech won out, I have a great disdain for any type of media used to glamorize such an aberrant event.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:50 AM
 
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Excellent news. Free speech won. It bodes well for those of us who want to see pornography and other "obscene" material remain legal.
Is child porn next.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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humanity lost.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:53 AM
 
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Is child porn next.
I have no idea, but I do know that there's a difference between actually participating in an act and filming it.

Look at it this way: Snorting cocaine is illegal. Should filming it be illegal too?
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