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Supreme Court will review federal animal-cruelty statute. On tonight's Civil Rights Roundup, NRA Deputy General Counsel Stefan Tahmassebi joins Cam & Company by phone to discuss the significance of U.S. v. Stevens, for which the NRA is preparing an amicus brief. The statute under review in this case bans the exhibition or transport of depictions of violence toward animals in states where such activity is illegal. Based upon this law, Robert Stevens of Virginia was sentenced to over three years in a federal prison for making documentaries on hunting and pit bulls with footage that he did not even take himself. Tahmassebi explains that this statute suppresses free speech and could be interpreted as outlawing any depiction of hunting in the District of Columbia.