It was a day of wild hypotheticals Tuesday, as the U.S. Supreme Court reached far and wide for help in deciding whether a federal law that makes it a crime to depict animal cruelty violates the First Amendment. The justices discussed scenarios including a video depicting "stuffing geese for pate de foie gras" and a pay-per-view "Human Sacrifice Channel." By the end of the riveting hour of argument, it seemed likely that a sizable majority of the Court was ready to strike down the law as too broad or too vague.
Hypotheticals Dominate Animal Cruelty Argument at High Court
The National Law Journal
October 7, 2009