Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Conviction of an Animal Torture Porn Star Is Precedent-Setting

A woman serving a 10-year sentence in a Texas prison for her role in the creation of crush porn videos in which she urinated upon, slowly tortured and chopped up live dogs, cats, rabbits, and mice made legal history this week.

Ashley Richards, now 24, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday morning to five counts in violation of the Animal Crush Prohibition Act, signed into law in 2010.

Previously: The People Who Get Off to Crush Porn

Richards will be the first person prosecuted at the federal level for violating these laws, which criminalize the creation, sale and marketing of videos “in which one or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians is intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury, and is obscene.”

As Motherboard reported in May, the specification that the videos be labeled obscene was meant to

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Guilty Plea in Federal Animal "Crush" Charges (WARNING: Graphic Content)

One half of a Houston couple charged with torturing dogs and cats on video has pleaded guilty to a newly revised federal statute criminalizing “crush” videos. 

Ashley Nicole Richards, 24, previously pleaded guilty to state animal cruelty charges, and has agreed to testify against her co-defendant, Brent Wayne Justice, 54, whose charges in federal and state court are still pending. Justice has been in Harris County Jail for more than a year and is expected to go to trial on the state charges Sept. 10.

Richards was sentenced to 10 years confinement for the cruelty charges; she faces up to seven years on each of the five counts she pleaded to. Sentencing has been deferred until after her cooperation in the pending actions against Justice. 

The couple are believed to be the first charged under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010; they were charged after activists

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