Supreme Court Strikes Down Depiction of Animal Cruelty Act
APRIL 20, 2010
The Supreme Court struck down a law that outlawed the depiction of animal cruelty. He argued that his documentaries were protected by the First Amendment. A federal judge disagreed and a jury convicted him of selling banned depictions of dog fights in violation of the 1999 law. A federal appeals court overturned the conviction by declaring the underlying law unconstitutional.