Monday, June 27, 2011

Supreme Court says states can't easily ban violent video game sales to minors

The Supreme Court has ruled early Monday, June 27, that California cannot regulate the sale of violent video games to children or minors, saying that states may not, according to the First Amendment, “restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed”, even when there is gratuitous violence.  The AP story by Jesse J. Holland is here.

Even socially conservative Scalia pointed out that the difference between common violence in popular video games and hidden violence in children's literature and in public school curricula is based on "ideas" which government cannot regulate.  

The case is “Brown, Governor of California v. Entertainment Merchants Association”, with slip opinion link here.

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