[quote]The Supreme Court struck down a federal law Tuesday aimed at banning videos depicting graphic violence against animals, saying that it violates the constitutional right to free speech.
Chief Justice John J. Roberts Jr., writing for an eight-member majority, said the law was overly broad and not allowed by the First Amendment. He rejected the government’s argument that whether certain categories of speech deserve constitutional protection depends on balancing the value of the speech against its societal costs. [/quote]
Justice Alito was the lone dissent. The majority found this law to be unconstitutional but didn’t rule on the constitutionality of a more narrowly written law “limited to crush videos or other depictions of extreme animal cruelty”.