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Former Governor Schwarzenegger was a driving force behind the numerous appeals

Numerous studies are cited that link an increase in aggression for people that play violent video games, however, there is also an equally large number of studies done finding no correlation between violent video games and resultant violent acts in the real world. Still, state governments, such as California, have tried to ban the sale of violent video games to children and spent boatloads of money in the pursuit.
 
Last summer, the state of California saw its final plea in an attempt to pass a state law banning the sale of violent video games to children and imposing significant fines on retailers who sell the games to children shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court. After losing that final appeal, the total taxpayers in the state of California were forced to pay -- for what many agree to be an asinine law that clearly violated First Amendment rights -- was about $2 million.
 
The big backers of the bill in the California state government included then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown. With Gov. Schwarzenegger  now out of office, the blame will likely fall on those who remain in the California state government that backed the bill through many losses and appeals all the way to the top court in the land.
 
"It was an important issue to the governor," said Andrea Hoch, who was Schwarzenegger's legal affairs secretary and now an appellate court judge. "It was something he felt strongly about."
 
"I think we felt the issue was so important that it warranted the costs associated with it," said Jim Humes, Brown's chief deputy at the time and now his executive secretary.
 
One of the more interesting things that Humes said is that the state of California rarely appeals cases all the way to the Supreme Court. Had the law passed, it would've imposed a $1,000 fine on retailers for each instance of selling violent games to minors. Violent games include those depicting a violent act such as murder, rape, and others.
 
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, "Whatever the challenges of applying the Constitution to ever-advancing technology, the basic principles of freedom of speech and the press, like the First Amendment's command, do not vary. The United States has no history of protecting children from depictions of violence: Cinderella's evil stepsisters have their eyes picked out by doves, for example, and Hansel and Gretel kill their captor by baking her in the oven."

Sources: Examiner, eCollegetimes





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