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Richards and Justice gained notoriety when they became the first defendants charged under a 2010 federal statute criminalizing the production and sale of crush videos. U.S. District Court Judge Sim Lake tossed those charges in April 2013, calling the statute over broad and unconstitutional.
Federal prosecutors immediately filed an appeal, and a ruling is pending.
Richards, who pleaded guilty in November 2013 to felony animal cruelty charges, is described as "a potential witness" against Justice in a February 2014 motion that warns jailers that Justice was writing to Richards under both his jail identification number, as well as others. (Richards will be sentenced sometime after a May 22 hearing on her pre-sentence investigation report).