You know how we all love freedom of expression until somebody expresses themselves in a way we don’t like? SCOTUS just wanted to remind us about that:
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.
Added – I am not a legal scholar by any means and the ruling may be technically correct – I don’t know. But I contend that animal cruelty videos should fall under the obscenity exceptions made for other types of “expression”. The videos have no “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value” to my mind. Further, the videos at issue are those featuring live animals being tortured – not computer generated images of animals – therefore the acts depicted are crimes in and of themselves, like child pornography.
What do you think? Weigh in, and mos def if you are a Constitutional scholar!