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Gov't Motion to Dismiss in AETA Challenge

Gov't Motion to Dismiss in AETA Challenge

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The government's motion to dismiss the facial challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.
The government's motion to dismiss the facial challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTDISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
 ____________________________________ )SARAHJANE BLUM,
et al.
, ))Civil Action No. 1:11-cv-12229-JLTPlaintiffs,))(Leave To File Excess Pages Grantedv.)on 3/7/12))ERIC HOLDER,
in his official capacity
)Oral Argument Set For May 14, 2012
as Attorney General of the United States
)(By Order of the Court on 3/7/12)
of America
,))Defendant.) ____________________________________)
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO DISMISSPURSUANT TO RULES 12(b)(1) AND 12(b)(6)
Case 1:11-cv-12229-JLT Document 12 Filed 03/09/12 Page 1 of 36
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSPAGES
INTRODUCTION..............................................................1BACKGROUND...............................................................2ARGUMENT..................................................................5I.PLAINTIFFS’ COMPLAINT MUST BE DISMISSED PURSUANT TO RULE12(b)(1) FOR LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION....................5A.Plaintiffs Lack Standing Because They Have Not Suffered Any SpecificPresent Objective Harm or Alleged a Threat of Specific Future Harm..........5B.PlaintiffsClaims are not Ripe for Review...............................14II.PLAINTIFFS’ COMPLAINT MUST BE DISMISSED PURSUANT TO RULE12(b)(6) FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM...............................15A.The AETA is Not Unconstitutionally Overbroad.........................16B.The AETA is Not Impermissibly Vague................................22C.The AETA is Viewpoint and Content Neutral............................27CONCLUSION...............................................................29i
Case 1:11-cv-12229-JLT Document 12 Filed 03/09/12 Page 2 of 36
 
TABLE OF AUTHORITIESCASES PAGES
 Abbott Labs. v. Gardner 
,387 U.S. 136 (1967)......................................................14
 Allen v. Wright 
,468 U.S. 737 (1984).......................................................5
 Am. Commc’n Assn. v. Douds
,339 U.S. 382 (1950)......................................................26
 Babbitt v. United Farm Workers Nat’l Union
,442 U.S. 289 (1976)..................................................6, 7, 13
 Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly
,550 U.S. 544 (2007)......................................................16
 Brandenburg v. Ohio
,395 U.S. 444 (1969)......................................................21
Colautti v. Franklin
,439 U.S. 379 (1979)......................................................24
 Deal v. United States
,508 U.S. 129 (1993)......................................................18
 Elk Grove Unified School Dist. v. Newdow
,542 U.S. 1 (2004).........................................................5
 Ernst & Young v. Depositors Econ. Prot. Corp.
,45 F.3d 530 (1st Cir. 1995)................................................15
 Frisby v. Schultz 
,487 U.S. 474 (1988)......................................................28
Giboney v. Empire Storage & Ice Co.
,336 U.S. 490 (1949)......................................................21
Gonzales v. Carhart 
,550 U.S. 124 (2007)......................................................24ii
Case 1:11-cv-12229-JLT Document 12 Filed 03/09/12 Page 3 of 36

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