By Dave Hurteau
Last week, the Supreme court struck down the Depictions of Animal Cruelty Act, a law that too-broadly prohibited trafficking in materials that depicts living animals being “intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded, or killed.” (See previous coverage.) The ruling prevents antis from citing the law to attack hunting shows. And that’s great. But it has also forced federal officials to drop their case against the now-famous “Deer Commander.”
From an AP story via the First Amendment Center:
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Stevens has forced federal prosecutors to drop charges against an Illinois man who sold videos of himself running over deer with his reinforced pickup truck….
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that [Jarrod] Hayn, a former Illinois Department of Corrections officer, boasted on the video "Deer Commander: Sudden Impact" that he had killed more than 300 deer with his 1985 Dodge Ram….