US Supreme Court appears split on California video game violence law

The Supreme Court debated sex, violence and free speech Tuesday, as several justices strongly argued for breaking new ground and upholding a California law that would forbid the sale of violent video games to those under age 18.”Why isn’t it common sense,” said Justice Stephen G. Breyer, that if the law can forbid selling pictures of a “naked woman” to a young teen, it can also forbid the sale of scenes “of gratuitous torture of children” in a video game?
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-court-videos-20101103-6,0,7852742.storyAlso see:US Justices Debate Video Game Ban
In a lively and sometimes testy Supreme Court argument on Tuesday over a law banning the sale of violent video games to minors, the justices struggled to define how the First Amendment should apply to a new medium.They tried analogies — to books, films, cartoons, comic books, fairy tales and rap lyrics. They argued about what the drafters of the Bill of Rights would have made of an extremely violent game like Postal 2.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/03/us/03scotus.htmlSupreme Court considers violent games rules case
The highest court in the US is considering whether children can be stopped from buying violent video games.The Supreme Court case centres on a ban in California on selling or renting games to those under the age of 18.Opponents of the measure says it breaches the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech.But supporters say the law is necessary as violent games can cause harm to children.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11671196

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