US Supreme Court on the Sale of Violent Video Games... or...What's "Mortal Combat"?


On Tuesday, November 2, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments of an appeal regarding a California law which prohibits the rental or sale of violent video games to minors (being under 18 years of age). Last year, the Ninth Circuit appeals court struck down the law for violating First Amendment rights. Bob Tarantino introduced this case in a blog entry on April 27, which can be read here.

During the hearing, the Supreme Court appeared to be split between arguments in support of the California law and arguments that First Amendment rights should not be applicable to violent forms of media. In one of the more animated exchanges that took place during the hearing, Justice Sotomayor challenges the logic of banning the sale of video games to minors, as opposed to banning violent forms of film, television, or music lyrics...

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