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April 6, 2006

Federal Court Strikes Down Michigan Electronic Gaming Law

A federal court in Detroit has issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of a Michigan law that restricted the sale rental of violent video games to minors.  Judge George Caram Steeh said that games in and of themselves do not have any less First Amendment protection, and noted that there is no evidence presented by the state that  violent video games has caused anyone to commit of threaten a violent act.  This marks the sixth law to fall on First Amendment grounds, including similar laws in Illinois and California. 

Details are at Joystiq, The Deseret News (SLC), Gamespot News, and in an editorial from the Detroit Free Press supporting the decision.  Judge Steeh's opinion is not available at the Eastern District of Michigan's web site at this time.  It is available here, and a big thanks to ZDNet for the link.  Their story on this is here.

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