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U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To California Violent Video Game Law

Publication Date: 
November 01, 2010
Source: 
San Jose Mercury news
Author: 
Howard Mintz

Professor and director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center Michael V. McConnell is quoted in this story on a legal challenge against the California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors. The San Jose Mercury News reports:

Every state in the nation prevents minors from legally buying cigarettes, beer or porn magazines. Now the U.S. Supreme Court must decide whether to add violent video games such as "Postal 2" to the tawdry list.

In a legal showdown set for Tuesday, the justices will hear arguments in a challenge to a 2005 California law that bars the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. They are reviewing two lower-court rulings that put the law on hold, saying it is too vague and runs afoul of the First Amendment.

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"It's an uphill battle" for California, said Michael McConnell, a Stanford University law professor and former federal appeals court judge. "But they granted (review) for a reason, and a lot of justices will be at least concerned about the phenomenon of children being exposed to this."