Chicago Tribune reporter
The lawyer for one of two California animal activists accused of sabotaging an Illinois mink farm and releasing about 2,000 animals into the wild last year said today he plans to challenge the constitutionality of the federal “animal enterprise terrorism” charges the men are facing.
Tyler Lang, 25, and Kevin Johnson, 27, each pleaded not guilty today at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. They were indicted this month on charges of conspiracy and interstate travel to damage and interfere with the operations of an animal enterprise.
Johnson’s attorney, Michael Deutsch, told U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur he plans to file a motion challenging the constitutionality of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the federal statute under which the charges fall.