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U.S. Supreme Court overturns law concerning dog fight videos

8-1 decision throws out criminal conviction


The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out a federal law prohibiting the sale of dog fight videos. In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled that the law put in place in 1999 to curb the sale of so-called crush videos, which show women crushing small animals to death with high heels or bare feet, was too broad in its implications, and could unjustly curtail the sale of hunting videos. Because animal cruelty and dog fighting are already illegal, the justices argued that a law limited to crush videos might be more appropriate. In throwing out the law, the justices overturned the criminal conviction of Robert Stevens, a Virginia man who got three years in prison for making videos of pit bull fights. In his dissent, Justice Samuel Alito, warned that there would likely be an uptick in crush videos if the law was not upheld. The decision marks the second time this year that the high court has thrown out a federal law on free speech grounds.

Associated Press

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U.S. Supreme Court overturns law concerning dog fight videos

  1. 8-1 with Scalia dissenting, where his dissent is in favour of a law restricting some form of speech? That is an extremely unusual dynamic.

    • FYI, story says that Justice Alito was sole dissenter.

      • Ah, oops. Must have misread that. That makes it a little less unusual.

        • Perhaps you did this…

          Samuel Alito
          Sam Alita
          Sam Alia

          Presto! Now you do have something that is unusual, and fun to comment about! ;-)

  2. Actually I think it's from all the debates I used to have in the lefty fever-swamps during Alito's confirmation hearings. They would always refer to him as "Scalito" in what they viewed as a witty insult. Apparently the association is still stuck in my mind.