1st Amendment v. Dogfight Video: High Court to Decide
Conviction rests on First Amendment status of animal abuse tapes
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2009 2:56 PM CDT
Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton speaks about a 2008 dogfighting bust.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court agreed today to hear that pits the First Amendment against the production and sale of dogfighting videos, the Chicago Tribune reports. The case involves a man jailed for selling several brutally explicit videos of pit bulls fighting. A federal appeals court overturned his conviction on grounds that the law against dogfighting videos violated free-speech protections—which apply even to depictions of illegal activity.

The appeals court noted that exceptions exist, most notably for child pornography, whose illegality supercedes First Amendment protections. But the court was unwilling to create, in dogfighting videos, a new category of unlawful expression. The government appealed to the Supreme Court, which will hear arguments in the fall.

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Apr 23, 2009 5:40 AM CDT
You make it sound like being concerned about a group of grown men that have an organization that functions to stalk LITTLE boys for obvious sexual gratification is a bad thing. I dont think people, republicans or democrats can protest enough about this sort of scum.
Apr 21, 2009 12:20 PM CDT
OMG, you are so ADD Jenna. Obviously this piece is about animal abuse, and I havn't lost site of that. All I was suggesting, was that this same level of passion should be seen elsewhere. In the case of NAMBLA, you have a bunch of pedophiles hiding behind the 1rst amendment. Wasn't trying to threadjack, but was trying to make an anology. I applaud the anti animal abuse in this piece, and only wish to see it in similar circumstances. If you aren't sure of any of the words I have used, try dictionary.com you dolt.
Apr 21, 2009 4:21 AM CDT
Why are republicans the only people on the planet that are so fixated on NAMBLA? I swear, the only time I ever hear of this group is from the mouths of republicans. Seems they doth protest too much