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Supreme Court strikes down California violent video game law

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California's law banned sales and rentals of violent video games to minors. The Supreme Court held it unconstitutional. courosa/Flickr (cc by-nc-sa)

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 7-2 decision striking down a California ban on selling violent video games to minors. They said the states could not restrict the sale of games because they fall under protected free speech under the First Amendment. Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said, California is "unprecedented and mistaken. This country has no tradition of specially restricting children’s access to depictions of violence." Dahlia Lithwick, legal editor at, joins us to discuss the ruling.

Read the full Supreme Court opinion here.

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