Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Justice: Federal Judge Says Videos of Chopping Dog's Head With Meat Cleaver is "Protected Speech."

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Ashley Nicole Richards.....we're fucking speechless.

Update: To find out more about this story, read our cover feature: Open Season: Do Laws Against Animal Crushing Videos Violate Free Speech?

A federal judge has dismissed charges against a Houston couple who sold videos of them torturing animals -- including beating a dog with a meat cleaver and stepping on a cat's eye with a shoe heel -- on free speech grounds.

Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Justice still face charges of producing, selling, or transferring obscene matters for sale or distribution. The two had originally been charged in Harris County District Court, but those charges were dismissed in December when the two were indicted on federal charges.

U.S. District Judge Sim Lake wrote in his order that, while "the acts depicted in animal crush videos are disturbing and horrid," it is still considered protected speech.

We'll be updating soon.


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belleup1
belleup1

These horrid videos are against humanity, life, God and everything that justice stands for. This judge needs to retire. The Houston SPCA rescue work against monsters like this, and the law still protects them. This is an insult and disgrace for Houston, the Mayor, the citizens and all rescue groups and sanctuaries across the United States. This judge's decision goes against what "true freedom of speech" stands for and has manipulated the law to allow this to continue. Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are people's pets, not meant for crazed monsters to torture, mutalate and proudly share with the world. I have already written  the Houston Mayor and so should you, too. There is a new petition and it needs your signature and share it, please. Let's put this out of control monster where she and her boyfriend belongs. 

http://chn.ge/1t3ZYVH

greenjeep926
greenjeep926

maybe a snuff film with ashley as the star would be ruled free speech.


thirdwolff
thirdwolff

The laws need to be reviewed by ANYONE who lives in the real world of decency and humane existence, not political controlling power-tripping government. How sickening is it that this woman (and the others involved with her) says she loves to kill and does so in the most cruel and inhumane way. And she is allowed to put it out there and promote it.

It is EXTREMELY CRUEL AND INTENTIONAL DEATH. This kind of perversion leads to violence towards humans, and I would suspect that undoubtedly, someone she knows or has heard of is in that business too.

   Do the lawyers and politicians who write our laws not live in the world of violence and mental illness as well, or do they just live in their big black limos and hightower offices protected by bodyguards and good PR? They need to check their senses and their souls to see if the "laws" that are written are really ethical and moral to begin with. Our country is all about "For the people, by the people"   Stuff like this s*#! makes me think not. 

 I think whatever this bitch can get away with will continue until enough decent people write, talk, cry, complain, blog, fight, and get angry enough to stop her.


 This person, these people and the people that get there rocks off are extremely ill in body, mind, spirit and soul. This bitch had a near death experience with a deer that "sacrificed it's life when it ran into her car, and did no damage to her car or herself." The deer died, and Richards didn't. She says she is now closer to God, Yahweh. Good for you. You killed the deer, it didn't sacrifice itself for you or anyone. 

Go kill yourself and videotape it.I believe that is legal too, and plenty of people want to watch that for free.

wolverineipswich
wolverineipswich

Judge Sim Lake needs to be disbarred. He is probably one of their customers.


tailzz
tailzz

I sincerely hope that these two rot in hell one day.  How ANYONE could get thier rocks off watching such SICK and perverse things never fails to amaze me.  Perhaps one day, karma will allow these two to be hit head-on by a bus and left there in the street to die while others walk by.  I mean, really..it's a just punishment for two low-life scumbags, since the above amounts to the same thing they do to these animals.  Sadly, these crush videos are an industry, much like BDSM and child porn (i.e.: "model" sites).


Obviously, those in law enforcement aren't doing ANYTHING to stop this, as more of these crimes keep happening.  Freedom of expression, stripped of modern feelgood-ism, leaves NO ROOM for permissiveness when such "expressions" CLEARLY depict cruelty, to another human being OR animal.  because, if the case here is about these poor, widdle deviants being allowed to clearly cause SUFFERING and PAIN in the name of "freedom of expression", then, that ALSO MEANS, BY DEFAULT, child pornography, murder, rape, et al.


  Oh, wait...I forgot.  child modeling sites that charge a fee to see little girls in swimsuits..they aren't sexualizing anything, are they?  Crush videos are pornography, whether it involves an animal or not.  Crush videos are aimed at a "select" audience that can't get thier rocks off with other forms of porn..or maybe, the pathetic losers who watch crush videos are tiny little men with tiny little penises who think it's hot **** to watch animals getting crushed.


  Whether this response gets edited or not doesn't concern me.  What concerns me is that no one is shutting these bastards down, prosecuting them,  and just flat out beating the living crap out of them.  Someone did this to MY cat or dog...I wouldn't wait for the police to arrive.  These two would be, at the MINIMUM, in full body casts!

babynsage
babynsage

U.S. Judge Sim Lake should be made the poster child for All of the Idiots that are in the Justice System in the United States that CONTINUE to Twist the Law to their liking. Its another way to cause Havoc in the judicial system, HOW MANY ANIMALS WERE SLAUGHTERED SINCE THIS BAFOON CONSIDERED IT FREE SPEECH.... A BACKLASH OF PUNISHMENT TO THE HIGHEST DEGREE (NO LESS THAN 35 YEARS IN PRISON MINIMUM HARD LABOR (CHAIN GANG) FOR THIS "JUDGE" AND " PSYCHOS " WHO PLAY ANY ROLL IN DEFENDING OR PARTICIPATING IN SUCH ACTS!!

GaiaLogic
GaiaLogic

This is dangerous, he needs to have a professionally trained psychologist in court. These people are psychopaths, the fact that they are a couple means their desire to kill will grow, feeding off of each other.

These people WILL start murdering people if they are not stopped, if they haven't done this already.

It's a fact that the torturing of animals is directly linked to psychopathy and the risk of them torturing and murdering people is extremely high. They have to be stopped now, if they are not, the judge should be held responsible for anyone they torture and kill in the future.

blueboy210
blueboy210

I wonder if it is free speech to do the same to judges, its freedom also I think

etucker1940
etucker1940

the judge who let those evil animals free to continue the torture of helpless animals should be tossed off the bench. that is not free speech, that is vicious and cruel and should be a felony.

etucker1940
etucker1940

THAT JUDGE WHO LET THOSE EVIL ANIMALS GO NEED TO BE TOSSED OFF THE BENCH.

reana8684
reana8684

Judge must do the same sort of stuff with his high degree bros. That's why he reckons is natural to be an abusive, disgusting bastard.

baross
baross

Ashley is a bitch whore and a RACIST!!  please let me have five minutes with a meat cleaver , ashley and her dickless boyfriend..!!!! BRING IT ON...THE JUDGE WAS PROBABLY BLACK


dotty389
dotty389

She looks like a hoe and I wish she would meet me somewhere so I could show her what a hoe she is but she would be to scared most of these idiots only pick on the helpless  so come on bit%h try this with me so I can beat your dumb as$


afkbot
afkbot

THAT JUDGE ISA FUKING IDIAT..THAT CUNT NEEDS HER PUSSYHOLE CHOPPED UP..NEVER TO HAVE KIDS

dat67
dat67

Really?? What kind of law is this,who interpreters the law of animalcruelty like this?? Do the judge SEE? Do he HEAR? Did he look at the videos, the photos? Forget the OLD book of laws and SEE what SICK person she is, punish her and jail her FGS!!!!

lhalliwell
lhalliwell

Speaking your mind is free speech, killing innocent creatures and torturing them in the process ......is not !!

pac77
pac77

Kill this sick ignorant bitch.  Kill the sick ignorant judge. thank you.

eviefr62
eviefr62

So let me get this straight...if it were children being tortured and killed, would it still be freedom of speech? This judge is a f*kn moron

0.487855148218
0.487855148218

Some one should step on a her eye with a shoe heel ... 

ilovemypygmygoats
ilovemypygmygoats

It's not about protected speech....although I'm still wondering how torturing and killing an animal is 'protected speech'.....it's about animal cruelty which is illegal and a felony in every state including the District of Columbia. So now what? Everyone who tortures and kills an animal can claim "protected speech' and there are no consequences??? WTH?????  Is this judge a complete moron??? 

fmazuca
fmazuca

it is not protected speech and i would love to see this bitch in Florida so i could exercise my stand my ground rights.


magg039
magg039

when this insane person starts killing other kids, will they say that is freedom of speach too? every child around this lunatic is in danger with this behavior, that judge should had had her held for a mental evaluation, she is dangerous!!

ricktexas
ricktexas

Fire that judge, throw those two in jail!


m.hoeber
m.hoeber

"Protected speech" to harm creatures?  So, considering that these acts generally precede harm to humans, and likely SMALL humans, these people will likely torture babies. I know of nowhere else that people could get away with torturing animals, let alone filming it.

 This judge obviously does not give a rat's ass about anything other than himself.  Would he consider something so sick "free speech" if we filmed him getting a huge steel rod rammed up his ass?  Maybe he would then get the point.  It has been irrefutably proven that animal abuse precedes human abuse, and most serial killers started out abusing animals.  This judge has his head so far up his ass, he can see his esophagus..  I want to know why this was not re-trialed - and the judge disbarred.  Anyone with such poor judgement should not be allowed to sit in any form of legal position.  

amym205
amym205

This is not freedom of speech, this is a idiot about to away with animal abuse! I hope Karma gets her!

shannon_cooley
shannon_cooley

Badly written state law or not - THIS does not validate her "freedom of speech"!!! What the hell happened to MORAL ISSUES?!?! This MAGGOT is a sicko!!!  "Human NEED to be humane for the SAKE of humanity"!!!  DUH, PEOPLE AND that judge!

punkgrl200890
punkgrl200890

I don't understand how that is speech when they not talking I understand talking with actions but KILLING something innocent who has does NOTHING wrong is murder maybe someone should beat her with a meat clever or step her eye balls out with a shoe heel stupid people there is so many jackasses in the world now

spazscoob
spazscoob

I called the # & had a very nice chat with the Judge, she is getting the fallout from the wrong news article, & a badly written law.. the fault here lies with the legislature again writing bad laws into effect..her hands were tied she had to give this verdict as state laws require it..the cruelty law is a federal offense the state does not have a cruelty law in effect...it was written incorrectly the judges verdict was based on the state law not the federal law.  There is another federal action against her, the prosecutor was trying to get her in all ways but couldn't because of the badly written state law...

marcy.mandeville
marcy.mandeville

This isn't 'speech' this is ACTION.. more specifically MURDER. This judge is insane not to prosecute these twisted psychos.

kheops420
kheops420

JUDGE SIM LAKE CAN EAT SHIT AND DIE SLOWLY

harley_honey38
harley_honey38

OMG what are they doing????????? This is got to be as bad as killing a child. Animals are innocent. I hate people who hate animals enough to torture or kill them. I wish a few of my biker friends and I could get our hands on these animal haters. They deserve worse than they did to these poor animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dora.ss
dora.ss

This is insane! Lock her up and throw away the key!!!!!!!!! Murder!!!!!!!!!!

dora.ss
dora.ss

This is insane! Lock her up and throw away the key!!!!!!!!! Murder!!!!!!!!!!

laurarobinson3
laurarobinson3

It is important to understand that the intentional killing of cats and dogs is illegal in every state and feral cats are protected under anti-cruelty laws. This ruling is illegal.

bellatrue1
bellatrue1

Just called and left a message saying the same thing she did needs to be done to him and he has no right to be sitting on that bench, and calling what she did freedom of speech, WTF and that he was a piece of shit just like Ashley Nicole Richards and is no better then her. Also that I hope God has no mercy on his soul or hers. I SURE HOPE SOMETHING IS DONE ABOUT THIS AND THEY BOTH GET WHAT THE DESERVE..............................

q2universe
q2universe

Want to make a call? I just called and it is the right number: 

Judge Sim Lake 
(713) 250-5177

sandralegendi
sandralegendi

@spazscoob     Not correct!   Here are the laws:  http://law.onecle.com/texas/penal/42.09.00.html


"Texas Penal Code - Section 42.09. Cruelty To Animals§ 42.09. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. (a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly: (1) tortures an animal; (2) fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, care, or shelter for an animal in the person's custody; (3) abandons unreasonably an animal in the person's custody; (4) transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner; (5) kills, seriously injures, or administers poison to an animal, other than cattle, horses, sheep, swine, or goats, belonging to another without legal authority or the owner's effective consent; (6) causes one animal to fight with another; (7) uses a live animal as a lure in dog race training or in dog coursing on a racetrack; (8) trips a horse; (9) injures an animal, other than cattle, horses, sheep, swine, or goats, belonging to another without legal authority or the owner's effective consent; or (10) seriously overworks an animal. "

UnknownAnonymous521
UnknownAnonymous521

@spazscoob Glad you did the research. It is good to hear she did what she could to put that horrible bitch in jail. I hope she gets hers.

alfiepaca
alfiepaca

@laurarobinson3  The real reason cases like this are coming to light is to bring to public attention the hypocrisy inherent in peoples' reactions to it.

On one level people shout 'Murderers!', 'Throw away the Key!' etc etc, but I wonder . . how many of these people eat meat / fish / dairy 'products' ??


If people see this woman as cruel, as indeed she is, then isn't it about time they see themselves as evil, for perpetuating the meat industry through their dietary choice?

FCSP
FCSP

@alfiepaca I do not eat meat myself, but those two things got nothing to do with each other, on one hand people eat animals to survive they dont sit around and toture them to death for the heck of it.

tyger.cat21
tyger.cat21

@alfiepaca This woman is a sick individual and she tortured and killed innocent animals and filmed herself doing it for money. She needs to be locked up before she starts killing children. Its a known fact that most serial killers have tortured animals before they started killing people. She did not kill these animals for food, people in this country do not eat dogs and cats. If you think what she did Is acceptable you are just as sick as she is!!

m.hoeber
m.hoeber

@alfiepaca It is a little different to stomp on a cat's eyeball or beat a dog with a meatcleaver than it is to eat meat - good grief.  You have innocent, trusting animals that are NOT going to have their flesh consumed - they are being tortured for the fun of it.  Because the people are sick and twisted.

And you think that is identical to the meat industry? Yes, the conditions most meat animals are raised and slaughtered in are deplorable - BUT they are not animals that are raised as companions, they are raised for their flesh.  I do not eat meat - of any form - the world holds and increasingly expanding vegan and vegetarian population, so no, I do not consider myself "evil".  I would certainly not stomp on an innocent animals eyes, or exact other torture purposely, and then film it, getting my rocks off on this treatment, and then distribute the film to other sickos.

I cannot believe that you are apparently defending these assholes.  In addition, it has been irrefutably proven that animal abuse leads to human abuse, not to mention that most serial killers started with abusing animals.  I doubt that all meat eaters abuse other humans.  If you feel that these sick scum are in the same realm as meat eaters, you won't mind them baby-sitting your infants.Just don't be surprised when your child ends up on a porn video.

ncantor13
ncantor13

@alfiepaca Correction, she is murdering it because I bet she didn't eat or use any part of that animal. Being a meat eater, I do my best to not consume it all the time and to make sure it's meat from a FARM that does it properly. Not how the industrial meat industry does, what they are doing is straight up animal injustice. There is definitely a lot of evil in this world but there's enough light for us to fight it. The practices the large meat corporations are allowed by our USDA and FDA should be reformed. Our animals should not be fed with meat of their fallen brethren, they should be out grazing fields and living to the healthiest of expectations so that their meat is also healthy for us. People should also try and consume less meat. There's a lot of worms in the can to be discussed on but regardless what this woman did is illegal, immoral and to me goes against America. If what's she's doing is freedom of speech then I should be able to take a shit on the white house steps.

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