ISAR Amicus Curiae Brief in U.S. v. Stevens

i June 3, 2009

ISAR’s chairman, Professor Henry Mark Holzer, together with attorney Lance Gotko of the New York City law firm Friedman Kaplan Siler & Adelman, have just completed ISAR’s friend-of-the-court brief in United States v. Stevens — the case in which a lower federal appeals court held unconstitutional the federal statute criminalizing the making, selling or possessing depictions of “crush videos” and other torture and killing of animals. ISAR’s brief, in support of the United States government, will be filed next week in the Supreme Court of the United States.

On behalf of ISAR and its many supporters throughout the United States and abroad, ISAR is most grateful to Mr. Gotko for his efforts. ISAR is equally grateful to Friedman Kaplan Siler & Adelman for providing Mr. Gotko’s services (and that of his associate, Andrew Park) on a pro bono basis, as well as for absorbing the costs (e.g., copying, clerical, printing) associated with preparation and submission of the brief.

When the brief is filed with the Supreme Court, it will be available in pdf on ISAR’s website.