Supreme Court Overturns Calif. Video Game Law The Supreme Court has struck down a California law that bans the sale and rental of violent video games to children. In a 7-2 vote, the justices ruled that the law was unconstitutional and that it violated the free speech rights of children.
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The Supreme Court has struck down a California law that bans the sale and rental of violent video games to children. In a 7-2 vote, the justices ruled that the law was unconstitutional and that it violated the free speech rights of children.

MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

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NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg has more on that decision.

NINA TOTENBERG: Here's James Steyer of Common Sense Media.

BLOCK: I think we definitely hit the industry over the head with a 2X4. Over the five or six years, the industry has become far more accountable and much more careful about selling those kind of games to minors.

TOTENBERG: As Cardozo law professor Marci Hamilton observes, the court's majority opinion in the case took up just 18 pages.

P: The majority decision reads as though this was the easiest case in the world to decide on straightforward free speech principles.

TOTENBERG: Nina Totenberg, NPR News, Washington.

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