Court Victory

Last Thursday I received an email from my daughter, Rachel, a human rights attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights letting me know that she’d won a legal victory. She wrote: “Court just dismissed the indictments against the AETA 4. … Indictments don't get dismissed everyday, so this is a really nice win.”

Free Pass for Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

Federal Judge Joseph Tauro put yet another dent in our First Amendment rights two weeks ago when he dismissed a suit brought by five animal rights activists.  The activists had claimed that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) made them fearful of protesting in public against animal abuse committed by corporations, and therefore, impinged upon their First Amendment rights.  The law states that anyone can be prosecuted if their actions cause property loss to an animal-related business or laboratory, or who