Please join CCR on Wednesday, September 21, at 9 am (CST) in Chicago for oral arguments in U.S. v. Johnson, an appeal from the federal prosecution of two animal rights activists under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) for liberating thousands of animals from fur farms.
In 2015 Kevin Johnson and Tyler Lang were convicted of Animal Enterprise Terrorism. CCR has appealed their convictions, arguing that the AETA is unconstitutional because it criminalizes protected advocacy, is overly vague, and violates due process by punishing as an act of “terrorism” a quintessentially nonviolent act: saving animals from the violence of being killed and turned into fur coats.
On September 21, CCR Senior Staff Attorney Rachel Meeropol will argue in the circuit court for the defendants, asking the Court to strike down the AETA as unconstitutional. Co-counsel on the appeal include The People’s Law Office and the Federal Defenders Office.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes early to go through security. You may need to bring ID.