SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - State attorneys say a federal judge should throw out a lawsuit challenging a Utah law prohibiting undercover filming while trespassing at farm operations.
In court documents filed last week, lawyers with the state attorney general's office argue that legally, the activists can't push to overturn the law because they haven't been charged with breaking it.
They also argue the activists have not demonstrated that their free-speech rights have been violated.
The law makes it a misdemeanor to trespass on private property to record images or sounds of a livestock operation.
The lawsuit filed in July by animal-welfare activists, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, claims the law restricts free speech and singles out animal advocates for punishment.