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AEPA- SHAC Law

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In October, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a split decision in a criminal case against a group of individual animal rights activists and their organization, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty ("SHAC"). SHAC strongly objects to, and protests, animal cruelty at Huntingdon's labs. The defendants were prosecuted under a now-outmoded version of the federal Animal Enterprise Protection Act (AEPA).

In Part One of this two-part series of columns, I discussed the
evidence against the defendants, the text of the relevant version of
the AEPA, and the basic gist of the defendants' constitutional
challenge. That challenge depends upon the due process right to know
which conduct will, and will not, be deemed criminal; and upon the
First Amendment right to protest action with which one strongly
disagrees.

In this column, Part Two in the series, I will further detail and
comment upon the defendants' constitutional arguments.

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