Ryan Thomason

Supreme Court Wants to Weigh in on Video Games?

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The Supreme Court expressed sympathy for a California law that aims to keep children away from ultra-violent video games, but several justices said the law faces a high constitutional hurdle.

The law in question is the California ban that would make it illegal for retailers to sell or rent violent video games to anyone under 18. Parents would be able to buy the games and give them to their children, but retailers who sell directly to minors would face fines of up to $1,000 for each game sold.

It seems the court is divided, since Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy, noted that entertainment forms like comic books, movies, rap music and even children’s fairy tales can also be violent but are not regulated by the state.

Don’t worry, there are some justices that think the state shouldn’t be “Powerless to keep children from buying ‘deviant, violent’ games.” So make sure you send Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor an email.

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