us: First Amendment Claim in Cockfight Suit

The owners of a Web site that shows cockfights says that though cockfighting is illegal in most states, it is legal in Puerto Rico, where the Web casts are from. Cockfighting is illegal in 49 states, and last month the Legislature in Louisiana, where the practice is still allowed, passed a bill that would outlaw it there next year.

But the question of whether the First Amendment allows the government to ban depictions of illegal conduct, as opposed to the conduct itself, is a difficult one, legal experts said. In the Florida suit, moreover, the company says it broadcasts cockfights from Puerto Rico, where they are legal.

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