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December 22, 2005

California Game Law Struck Down

California's game law that prohibited the sale or rental of especially violent video games to children under 18 has been struck down by a federal judge today.  The law was signed by Governor Schwartzenegger earlier this year and drew an immediate challenge from the video game industry.  Judge Ronald Whyte struck the law down on the basis of the First Amendment rights of minors.  He also questioned the evidentiary connection between violent video games and violent behavior.  So far, no law of this type has survived a challenge.  This action comes on the heels of game industry wins in Illinois and Michigan.  A similar regulatory bill is working its way through the U.S. Senate.

More on this from the San Francisco Chronicle.

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