Laws

April 26, 2010

California Video Game Law Unconstitutional?

The Supreme Court said Mon­day it will be decid­ing if a Cal­i­forn­ian law passed last to pre­vent the sale and rental of  “patent­ly offen­sive” titles to minors is  uncon­sti­tu­tion­al. Jus­tices agreed to hear the appeal after a U.S . appeals court based in Cal­i­for­nia struck down the law, which also impos­es strict video game label­ing require­ments, as uncon­sti­tu­tion­al. The Supreme Court is expect­ed to hear and rule on the argu­ments dur­ing it’s upcom­ing term which starts in Octo­ber.  It’s one of most impor­tant cas­es for the term so far.  “In appeal­ing to the Supreme Court, the state argued that the free-speech guar­an­tees of the First Amend­ment do not bar a state from pro­hibit­ing the sale of vio­lent video games to minors under 18.” The law was adopt­ed in 2005, how­ev­er it has nev­er been put into effect because of the mount­ing legal trou­bles it has faced. “TheRead more…

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