A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court's decision that a law banning the production and sale of animal "crush" videos is unconstitutional, allowing prosecutors to refile charges against a Houston duo accused of recording the torturing of dogs and cats. The decision revives the federal c ... More >>
One half of a couple charged with torturing and killing animals as part of a "crush video" business is expected to testify against her alleged partner. Ashley Nicole Richards, 23, has pleaded guilty to three of five counts of animal cruelty and has agreed to testify against Brent Justice, the man w ... More >>
Four months after a federal judge dismissed charges against a Houston couple who created animal torture videos because the statute was unconstitutional, federal prosecutors have filed an appeal arguing that the judge ruled in error. Crush videos "are unprotected under the First Amendment for the sa ... More >>
Ashley Nicole Richards, who filmed herself torturing and killing kittens, puppies, cats and dogs, was the first person brought up on revised federal crush-video charges -- which backfired magnificently.
In December 2012, two Houstonians became the first defendants charged under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, which criminalizes the production and distribution of images of animal cruelty. Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Wayne Justice were originally charged in Harris County Distric ... More >>
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, s ... More >>
Investigators with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say they've discovered more videos of animal torture linked to two Houstonians already charged with mutilating and killing a puppy and kitten on video. Stephanie Bell, associate director of PETA's cruelty investigations department, ... More >>
Ashley Nicole Richards has been a busy lady this year. Back on the Fourth of July, the 21-year-old southwest Houston resident was arrested in connection with a riot that erupted on the Brazos riverfront after Waco's annual fireworks display, and now she has been charged here with savagely torturing ... More >>