Friday, February 20, 2009

Is Grand Theft Auto Guaranteed in the First Amendment or the Fourteenth?

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down California legislation authored by Leland Yee designed to prohibit the sale of violent videogames to minors. In a decision on Video Software v. Schwarzenegger written by Judge Consuelo M. Callahan, the course ruled that labeling laws violated both free speech provisions of the Constitution and its equal protection clause. It will be interesting to see if the case makes it to the Supreme Court.

The Ninth Circuit also boasts of the features of its new web site, which include RSS feeds for content from the court.

We’ve added RSS feeds, so that you can automatically learn of new content on our web site. RSS feeds are available at this time for Opinions, Memorandum Dispositions, Announcements and Cases of Interest. Click on any of the orange RSS icons to add an RSS bookmark to your web browser or RSS reader.

It is interesting to see the face of Judge Alex Kozinski in connection with these web-based innovations, given that the judge has had a somewhat checkered public history with Internet practices and once claimed ignorance when the story "9th Circuit’s chief judge posted sexually explicit matter on his website" appeared.

Kozinski said he must have accidentally uploaded those images to his server while intending to upload something else. "I would not keep those files intentionally," he said. The judge pointed out that he never used appeals court computers to maintain the site.

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