<p>Judge: Animal snuff films protected by 1st Amendment..<br></p><p>DEMAND THAT JUDGE SIM LAKE RETHINKS HIS DECISION ON ANIMAL CRUSH VIDEOS!</p><p>In an opinion issued this week, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim_Lake">U.S. District Judge Sim Lake</a> tossed out charges against a Houston couple accused of violating the federal "animal crush video" statute. Lake wrote that the law "abridges the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment." <br></p><p>Torturing animals and filming their painful deaths is an activity protected by the U.S. Constitution, according to a federal judge in Texas.<br></p><p><ol><li><span style="line-height: 1.45em;">Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Justice allegedly created and distributed violent sex fetish videos -- animal snuff films -- that depicted the torture of puppies, kittens, rabbits, and other animals.</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.45em;"> In one of the videos, Richards was seen torturing a pit bull puppy. </span></li><li><a href="http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Couple-accused-of-using-meat-cleaver-knives-to-3801304.php"; style="line-height: 1.45em;">According to the Houston Chronicle</a><span style="line-height: 1.45em;">, Richards bound the puppy's mouth with tape, cut its back leg with a meat cleaver, slit its throat and severed the dog's head from its body. </span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.45em;">Other videos purportedly show Richards crushing crawfish, crabs and lobsters under her bare feet or stilettos. </span><a href="http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2012/08/ashley_nicole_babygirl_richard.php"; style="line-height: 1.45em;">According to the Houston Press,</a><span style="line-height: 1.45em;"> Richards allegedly stomped a kitten then ground her shoe heel into the animal's eye-socket. </span></li></ol></p><p>NEWS LINK: <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/Judge_Animal_snuff_films_protected_by_1st_Amendment.html?gjgj&amp;fb_source=message">http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/Judge_Animal_snuff_films_protected_by_1st_Amendment.html?gjgj&amp;fb_source=message</a></p>;

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