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Judge rules animal snuff films protected by Constitution

Animal cruelty illustration

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. William Ralph Inge, The Idea of Progress

Torturing animals for fun, as long as it is captured on camera, is an act protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, according to a federal judge in Texas.

Animal crush videos depict extreme torture and violence toward animals as a sexual fetish for viewers and became a federal crime under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010.

After Houston couple Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Wayne Justice were arrested earlier this year for

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Inside the Abusive Animal Crush Industry

On August 14, 2012, Suzanne Hollifield—a 22-year-veteran of the Houston Police Department—watched a video she would remember for the rest of her professional life. An animal cruelty investigator at PETA, tipped off by a concerned member of the public, uploaded the material to a secure YouTube account for Hollfield to view. Nothing in Hollifield’s two decades of service with the HPD prepared her for what she saw next.

In the footage, a woman stands in a kitchen, torturing a pit bull mix puppy to death. She strikes the dog repeatedly with a meat cleaver, severs a paw, and hacks at its head and neck. After 13 minutes of senseless torture, she decapitates the puppy. Finally, she urinates over its lifeless body.

Hollified watched several more videos on her work computer that day, with titles like: “puppy1,” “puppy2,” “whitechick1,” “whitechick2,” “whitechick3,” “blackluvsample,” “adammeetseve” and “adammeetseve2.” The file names may sound innocuous, but

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​’Sometimes They’re Boiled Alive’: Inside the Abusive Animal Crush Industry

On August 14, 2012, Suzanne Hollifield—a 22-year-veteran of the Houston Police Department—watched a video she would remember for the rest of her professional life. An animal cruelty investigator at PETA, tipped off by a concerned member of the public, uploaded the material to a secure YouTube account for Hollfield to view. Nothing in Hollifield’s two decades of service with the HPD prepared her for what she saw next.

In the footage, a woman stands in a kitchen, torturing a pit bull mix puppy to death. She strikes the dog repeatedly with a meat cleaver, severs a paw, and hacks at its head and neck. After 13 minutes of senseless torture, she decapitates the puppy. Finally, she urinates over its lifeless body.

Hollified watched several more videos on her work computer that day, with titles like: “puppy1,” “puppy2,” “whitechick1,” “whitechick2,” “whitechick3,” “blackluvsample,” “adammeetseve” and “adammeetseve2.” The file names may sound innocuous, but

Read more at: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/inside-abusive-animal-crush-fetish-industry

Ashley Richards Sentenced (Sort of) in Federal Crush Case

Ashley Richards Sentenced (Sort of) in Federal Crush Case

The Houston woman who’s one of  the first people in the country charged under a federal animal torture video statute was sentenced February 25 to 33 months in prison, but given credit for the 42 months she’s already spent in jail.  

Ashley Richards, 25, pleaded guilty to the charges in 2014, and she was also sentenced to ten years after pleading guilty to related state animal cruelty charges. Her co-defendant, Brent Justice, pleaded not guilty to both federal and state charges, and was recently sentenced to 50 years for the latter, following a week-long trial in which Richards testified against him. 

Federal prosecutor Sherri Zack asked U.S. District Court Judge Sim Lake to sentence Richards to 84 months, according to Courthouse News:

 “I believe the crime is so heinous that 84 months is appropriate,” Zack almost yelled

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What We Learned From the Crush Video Trial – Houston Press

Brent Justice shortly before his 2012 arrest.

Update, Feb. 15: Brent Justice has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. 

On February 10, a Harris County District Court judge found Brent Wayne Justice guilty of animal cruelty — specifically, the filmed torture and slaughter of a pit bull puppy that Justice and co-defendant Ashley Richards sold as part of their “crush” video business.

But Justice could just have been easily been found guilty of a slightly less heinous crime: wasting everyone’s freaking time.

Representing himself, Justice prolonged a guilt phase of the trial that was inevitable; and continues to prolong a punishment phase — after five days, the trial still isn’t over. 

The pair were charged with animal cruelty in 2012, and subsequently charged in federal court under a 2010 statute criminalizing the sale and distribution of crush videos. Richards ultimately pleaded guilty in both cases, and she testified against

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What We Learned From the Crush Video Trial — UPDATED

Brent Justice shortly before his 2012 arrest.

Update, Feb. 15: Brent Justice has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. 

On February 10, a Harris County District Court judge found Brent Wayne Justice guilty of animal cruelty — specifically, the filmed torture and slaughter of a pit bull puppy that Justice and co-defendant Ashley Richards sold as part of their “crush” video business.

But Justice could just have been easily been found guilty of a slightly less heinous crime: wasting everyone’s freaking time.

Representing himself, Justice prolonged a guilt phase of the trial that was inevitable; and continues to prolong a punishment phase — after five days, the trial still isn’t over. 

The pair were charged with animal cruelty in 2012, and subsequently charged in federal court under a 2010 statute criminalizing the sale and distribution of crush videos. Richards ultimately pleaded guilty in both cases, and she testified against Justice

Read more at: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/what-we-learned-from-the-crush-video-trial-updated-8158284

"Crush" Video Dude Found Guilty

Some of Brent Justice's and Ashley Richards's earlier work.

A Houston man was found guilty of animal cruelty related to torture “crush” videos he produced with a woman who previously pleaded guilty to the same crime.

Brent Justice’s sentencing is scheduled for today by Harris County District Judge Jay Bennett. He faces a minimum of 25 years in prison. 

The verdict came after the judge viewed a video of the slow torture of a puppy by Justice’s co-defendant, Ashley Richards. Justice, who is representing himself, admitted to police in 2012 that he recorded the act, and he was unable to suppress the confession in a pre-trial hearing Monday. In the video, Justice’s arm — with a distinctive birthmark — can be seen placing a large knife on the ground for Richards to use on the struggling pit bull puppy.

Justice showed no emotion while the video — more than ten

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Trial Under Way for Man Charged in Connection With Animal Crush Videos (Warning: Graphic Content)

Trial Under Way for Man Charged in Connection With Animal Crush Videos (Warning: Graphic Content) (2)

Nearly four years after he was charged with animal cruelty in connection with filming “crush” videos, Brent Justice’s trial kicked off Monday with Justice arguing….well, we’re not exactly sure.

Representing himself, the 54-year-old Justice failed to suppress a 2012 police interrogation video in which he admitted to filming a scantily clad 20-year-old woman slowly hacking apart a pitbull puppy, ending in the woman urinating on the dog’s beheaded corpse. Authorities say Justice recorded the event for sale and distribution, and can be seen handing a knife to the woman, Ashley Richards.

Richards previously pleaded guilty to three counts of animal cruelty and is expected to testify against Justice. Richards also pleaded guilty in 2015 to federal charges of violating a 2010 statute prohibiting crush

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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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Animal Instinct: How Cat-Loving Sleuths Found an Accused Killer Sadist

It’s five o’clock in the morning on May 26th, 2012, and John Green’s iPhone is buzzing with an incoming Facebook message.

“Hey, you might want to see this video,” it reads. “I think it’s that Luka guy you’ve been looking for.” 

Still under his covers, Green clicks on the link.

A man is laying face up tied spread eagle to a bed. He is nude, with a video camera positioned between his feet. New Order‘s “True Faith” is playing. A poster for the movie Casablanca hangs above the man’s head, which is shrouded with a white cloth. And a figure in dark clothing is standing next to him. The figure leans over the man and touches his blindfold. The video cuts. The dark figure is now straddling the man.

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Seconds later, the figure gets up, and the bound man

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