Thursday, December 22, 2005

Judge Rules Denying Freedom Likely Unconstitutional; Hillary Clinton and Joseph Lieberman Doubtless Rush Back to PanderCave to Regroup

From The Hollywood Reporter:

A federal judge granted a temporary injunction blocking the pending California law that would make it illegal to sell or rent violent video games to minors. Judge Ronald Whyte, U. S. District Judge for the Northern District of California, ruled in favor of the Video Software Dealers Assn. and the Entertainment Software Assn., saying that the two interactive entertainment trade groups were "likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that the Act violates the First Amendment, or at least that serious questions are raised." The bill, sponsored by Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Oct. 7. It was set to go into effect Jan. 1 and would fine retailers $1,000 for selling or renting such games to anyone younger than 18.

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