Mortal Kombat In The Supreme Court
I mean that sort of literally. The Supreme Court heard argument on November 2 on the constitutionality of a California law that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors. Proponents say the law is necessary to keep disturbing images away from minors. Opponents point to the First Amendment. Sounds like Justice Scalia was pretty skeptical, at one point referring to the mythical “California Office of Censorship” as the body that would decide which games would be covered by the law. Justice Sotomayor wondered if the California law could be applied to rap music. I suspect the First Amendment will trump the law, however well intentioned it may be. I also suspect the clerks had fun “researching” the video games. And I can’t get past the irony that a state governed by this guy:
Has tried to outlaw violent videos!