The State of California Forced to Pay for Failed Attempt at a Video-game Law

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 22 February 2012 14:57

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The state of California tried to pass a law about five years ago that would require stores to pay a fine of $1000 for selling a game that allows "for assassination, violent crimes, rape, etc." to a minor. Governor Schwarzenegger was personally behind this law, and apparently felt very strongly on this issue. It was appealed all of the way up to the Supreme Court, where it was found unconstitutional under the 1st Amendment. Of course, with every appeal came lawyer's fees for both the opposition and for the Attorney General's office, and appealing all of the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court racked up quite a hefty sum. The total payed to the opposition's attorneys was $1,332,000, and the Attorney General estimates it cost them $500,000 to defend it. So in total, the State of California, and thus the taxpayers, was forced to pay $1,832,000 for a failed law. They even tried to appeal it after multiple scientific studies were shown that video-games do not cause violence in children. Hopefully this will be the last attempt at a law like this, but if history is anything to go off of this won't be the end of them. You can read more about it here.