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Judge Fires Up the Xbox in Minnesota Video Game Court Case

There's no word on how well Federal District Court Judge James Rosenbaum did at Jade Empire or whether he preferred Full Spectrum Warrior to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3.

Nonetheless, GamePolitics finds it noteworthy that Judge Rosenbaum, hearing arguments in the video game industry's constitutional battle against Minnesota's "fine the buyer" video game law, took the time and trouble to have one of his clerks bring an Xbox into chambers for a little hands-on jurisprudence.

According to the Associated Press, Judge Rosenbaum heard preliminary arguments in the case yesterday in a federal courtroom in Minneapolis. The video game industry (ESA & EMA) were seeking a temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction to block Minnesota's law from taking effect as scheduled on August 1st.

The AP report indicates that Judge Rosenbaum expressed a number of concerns about the law, which takes the novel approach of fining underage game buyers $25. Previous laws have been directed at retailers.

As he did in the ongoing Louisiana case, Insomniac CEO Ted Price filed an affidavit in support of the video game industry's opposition to the Minnesota law. GP has also learned that the game industry and various publishers submitted copies of Jade Empire, Resident Evil 4 (PS2), God of War, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six (Xbox) and Full Spectrum Warrior (Xbox) to the court, along with gameplay video footage from each.

Interestingly, the Minnesota Attorney General's Office submitted some of the same games as evidence to support the state's video game violence law. Resident Evil 4 and God of War were provided to the court by Assistant A.G. Jennifer DeKarske, as well as Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend, The Punisher and Rockstar's Manhunt.

Judge Rosenbaum issued no ruling, but gave both sides another week to submit additional written arguments.

For GamePolitics coverage of the Minnesota video game law, click here. GP also has available to readers the video game industry's complaint.

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Tags: jade empire, jennifer dekarske, judge rosenbaum, legislation, manhunt, minnesota, postal 2, ted price
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