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Mock Trial Rules In Favor Of Anti-Video Game Law

by Phil Kollar on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:45 PM

We've seen plenty of people stepping up to support the video game industry in its fight against legislation in California banning the sale of violent games to minors. Not everyone is on the side of games, though. Over the weekend, the Institute of Bill of Rights Law held a mock trial where various experts on law predicted the Supreme Court decision.

Game Politics has a report on the event, where those involved ended up voting six to three in favor of the law. According to an attendee, the panel did not seem to properly understand the current ESRB rating system, and the only game that was brought up as an example (numerous times) was Postal (pictured above in its second iteration).

Participants in the panel included deputy assistant attorney general Beth Brinkman, U.S. Court of Appeals employee Jeffrey Sutton, and writers for USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

This sounds rough, but if the attendee reporting to Game Politics is to be believed, the panelists debating this case clearly didn't know their stuff. We can only hope the Supreme Court does better research before they begin hearing the case on November 2.