An en banc panel of the 3rd Circuit struck down as unconstitutional a federal law that criminalizes the sale of depictions of animal cruelty, overturning the conviction of a man who sold videos of dog fights -- the first prosecution in the nation under the 1999 law. The majority opinion rejected the comparison of depictions of animal cruelty to child pornography and found that the U.S. Supreme Court "has not recognized a new category of speech that is unprotected by the First Amendment in over 25 years."
3rd Circuit Strikes Down Law Criminalizing Sale of Animal Cruelty Depictions
The Legal Intelligencer
July 22, 2008