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Illinois video game ban ruled unconstitutional

Filed under: Video Game Politics
Posted by Lunabean on December 5, 2005 11:49 AM
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U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly ruled Friday that Illinois' ban on the sale of mature video game to minors is unconstitutional and barred the state from enforcing the law, which was to go into effect on January 1st, 2006. Judge Kennelly cited the law would violate the First Amendment, and dismissed the state's evidence which pointed to a connection between violent video games and violent behavior. For more on this judge's pitch perfect ruling, please check out GamePolitics.
Now, maybe, we can convince Senator Clinton that the government's role in keeping mature games out of the hands of children is not to ban the sale of them, which, time and time again has been found to be unconstitutional, but, instead, to put money behind a public service campaign that would educate parents about video games and the rating system behind them.

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