Free Speech Versus Kids and Violent Video Games

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has agreed to consider reinstating California's ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.

Last year the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco threw out the law on grounds that it violated minors' constitutional rights.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed the law in 2005, said he was pleased the high court would review the appeals court decision.

But the judge who wrote the decision overturning the law said at the time that there was no research showing a connection between violent video games and psychological harm to young people.

The law would have prohibited the sale or rental of violent games that depict "killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human being" to anyone under 18.

Just a week ago the Supreme Court overwhelmingly voted to strike down a federal law banning videos showing animal cruelty.

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