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Do depictions of animal cruelty ever have a place on college campuses? The U.S. Supreme Court should soon provide some new guidance.
The case involves a man who was prosecuted — and convicted — for selling dog-fighting videos.
But his conviction was tossed when a federal appeals court said his right to free speech was illegally restricted.
Now the Supreme Court will review the decision.
The College Art Association, which counts university art and art history departments among its members, has signed on to a brief urging the Court to uphold the lower court’s ruling. It says that if left standing, the law could hurt the ability of art history professors to teach about ethical issues in art.
The federal law (18 U.S.C. 48) generally bans the creation, sale or possession of depictions of animal cruelty for commercial gain – unless the depiction has “serious religious, political, scientific, educational, journalistic, historical or artistic value.”
The Court is set to hear oral arguments in the case in early October.
Cite: United States v. Stevens
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