The fallout continues from Friday's hearing on the video game industry's challenge to the Louisiana game law drafted by Jack Thompson.
As reported by GamePolitics on Friday, Federal District Court Judge James Brady expressed obvious criticism of the Louisiana law from the bench - a bad sign for the video game legislation sponsored by Rep. Roy Burrell (D) and written by Thompson.
Today's Shreveport Times has more, including Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti's vow, expressed by Assistant Burton Gudiry that, "The office of the attorney general is going to defend this all the way to the (U.S) Supreme Court."
Some of Guidry's remarks at Friday's hearing seemed scripted by Jack Thompson, as when Guidry said that video games "teach a kid how to kill, how to rape, how to defile a person, how to kill an officer. Video (game industry) people hide behind the fact that it's a cartoon."
Guidry represented the state along with East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Doug Moreau. During the proceedings Judge Brady said he was searching for evidence of "a young person watching a video game immediately getting up and going out a committing a violent act."
Although Moreau said there was "plenty of circumstantial evidence," other comments reported by the Shreveport Times indicate that Moreau, a named co-defendant in the video game industry suit, is not impressed by the video game law. As reported by the newspaper:
"The district attorney said he does not like the way the law was constructed because it does not spell out how to enforce it. 'But nobody consulted me.'"
During the hearing, Assistant A.G. Guidry told Judge Brady that some video games feature language so coarse "that if I uttered it in this courtroom, you would have someone drag me out of here."
GP: That's an especially surprising - and pointless - comment from Mr. Guidry of the A.G.'s office. The Louisiana law deals with video game violence. Language, however, is obviously speech. Books, movies, music and even cable T.V. feature profanities that, if uttered in a court of law, would also get one held in contempt. So what's the relevance, counselor?
As far as the Attorney General's vow to take the case to the Supreme Court (pictured) if need be, that's probably a good thing in the long run. Of course, vowing to appeal and doing so are two different things. Gov. Rod Blagojevich promised an appeal of the failed 2005 Illinois video game law, but that never went very far.
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