Thursday, April 22, 2010

Free Speech - a criminal prohibition of alarming breadth

April 22, 2010
Colorado, USA

Sometimes preserving a freedom is downright painful...

[snip] In what's being called a resounding victory for free speech, the U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-1 ruling overturned the conviction of a Virginia man who was sentenced to three years in prison for creating several videos that included scenes of dog fighting. Robert Stevens was found guilty under a federal statute that prohibits the creation, sale or possession of "a depictor of animal cruelty" with "the intention of placing the depiction in interstate or foreign commerce for commercial gain." The court, however, struck down the law, saying it "created a criminal prohibition of alarming breadth."

Source: Publisher's Weekly, Supreme Court Hands Down Major Free Speech Ruling: "In what's being called a resounding victory for free speech, the U.S. Sup..."

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