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Louisiana Judge squashes violent game ban

What where they thinking of?
Tue Aug 29 2006, 17:17
A DISTRICT JUDGE has chucked out a Louisiana law banning the sales of violent video games to minors.

US District Judge James Brady said the state had no right to stop any distribution of games because they showed violent acts. Brady dubbed the law an "invasion of First Amendment rights" of producers, retailers and kiddies who play the games. He said that depictions of violence are "entitled to full constitutional protection."

The law aimed to ban the sales of video games to minors if an "average person" would conclude that they appeal to a "morbid interest in violence." The question of who would constitute an average person in Louisiana would open a real legal can of worms, we would have thought. Given the fact that The Axeman serial killer, pirate Jean Lafitte, and Lee Harvey Oswald all hail from the area, the state which gave us venetian blinds has a wide range to choose from.

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