Friday, February 20, 2009

Video Software Dealers Ass'n v. Schwarzenegger (9th Cir. - Feb. 20, 2009)

Seventeen-year old lovers of violent video games such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Death Nukem 3D can rest easy. You've got a constitutional right to purchase and play such games, notwithstanding the resulting (alleged) impact on your personality. So holds the Ninth Circuit today.

This case is a perfect example, by the way, of the fact that the panel draw doesn't always matter, even in high-profile cases. The opinion is written by Judge Callahan, and joined by Chief Judge Kozinski and Judge Thomas. One might think that a eclectic panel consisting of a Reagan, Clinton, and Bush II appointee might disagree a lot. But the opinion is unanimous, and is about as big of a win for the plaintiffs as one could imagine.

So shoot 'em up, my young friends.