August 30th, 2006

Minnesota Court Filing Shows Issues in Video Game Law Appeal

Yesterday, GamePolitics reported on Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch's plans to appeal a July federal court decision which ruled that the state's "fine the buyer" video game law was unconstitutional.

Hatch, of course, riled gamers earlier in June with language in a court filing which described some games as "worthless, disgusting speech" and "speech of very low societal value."

Hatch, a Democrat, also happens to be running for Governor and faces an uphill battle against incumbent Republican Tim Pawlenty, who signed the bill into law, thus triggering the legal battle with the video game industry.

In overturning the Minnesota law, Federal Judge James Rosenbaum issued a stinging rebuke to Hatch, writing, ""The First Amendment... was certainly established to keep the government from becoming the arbiter of what constitutes 'worthless' or 'disgusting' speech. The Court declines the State's invitation to enter into an evaluation of this kind."
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Bully Basher Interviewed, Elaborates on Concerns

John Callaham of Firing Squad has scored an interview with Jayne Hitchcock, the online safety expert who decided to give Bully a wedgie yesterday. Among Hitchcock's comments:

"...bullying is so prevalent today and is a real life problem that many kids and teens face. Some victims of bullies have committed suicide and I would hate to see that increase or the victims retaliate against their bullies because of this game."
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