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December 5, 2005

Illinois Game Law Goes the Way of All Others (so far): Unconstitutional

Federal Judge Matthew Kennelly of the Northern District of Illinois declared the law that prohibited minors from purchasing violent or pornographic video games unconstitutional last Friday.  The state had argued that this law was another valid exercise in regulating products available to minors such as alcohol, tobacco, sexual material, and other adult products.  The judge, however, did not see it that way.  Judge Kennelly was quoted as saying "In this country, the state lacks the authority to ban protected speech on the ground that it affects the listener's or observer's thoughts and attitudes."  The law was to go into effect on January 1st.  There is no word yet as to whether the state will appeal to the 7th Circuit.  So far, all challenges to similar laws have been successful.  A suit in California has yet to be resolved.

More on this from the AP via CNN is here.

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