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Louisiana video game law in trouble

Filed under: Video Game Politics
Posted by Allison on August 25, 2006 8:48 AM
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U.S. District Judge James Brady has issued a preliminary injuction against the recently enacted Louisiana state law which punishes retailers for selling games deemed "patently offensive" to minors.

According to Judge Brady, the injunction was put in place because the video game industry, "has a substantial likelihood of success of proving a First Amendment violation." Odd, because Jack Thompson, the author of the bill, told everyone that his bill was, in fact, constitutional.

It's too bad that the Louisiana state legislature didn't know what every political gamer knows about Mr. Thompson, or they might not have wasted the tax payers' money by passing something written by a man who is so obsessed with his own mission, he's lost all sense of reality. And, by "too bad", I mean it's really too bad, as there's no excuse for EVERY legislator to vote for this bill during a time when a) the state needs to be using its money for rebuilding and b) a wee bit of research would have given them all the info they needed on Mr. Thompson's history, along with the history of similar laws that have also failed the test of Constitutionality.

It's getting to a point where these victories for the video game industry have become bittersweet. Sweet because censorship is never the answer. Bitter because our elected officials don't seem to understand that.

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