U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik wrote that depictions of violence have been used throughout the country’s history to convey important social messages, and that the Supreme Court has never upheld bans on violent depictions under obscenity laws.
The state’s ban sought to prevent minors from buying or renting games that portray “realistic or photographic-like depictions of aggressive conflict” in which the players kill or injure law enforcement officers. The law included a provision to fine retailers $500 for violations.
Lasnik said the law was too narrow because it arbitrarily banned violence against police officers but not other depictions of violence, and too broad because it was unclear what games would fall under the ban.
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