updated 09:10 am EDT, Wed August 30, 2006
Appeal for MN buyer fine
On July 31st, US District Judge James Rosenbaum quashed a Minnesota law that would've issued a $25 fine to youth buying or renting Mature/Adults Only games while under the age of 17. Rosenbaum cited the First Amendment in his ruling, as well as an absence of evidence for the harm of videogames. That isn't stopping Attorney General Mike Hatch however, who intends to appeal the decision with the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals. He believes there are over 1,000 studies that do support the idea of harm, and that a law would involve parents in what their children play. "If the parents aren't troubled by their kids playing these games, they can buy them for their children," Hatch said in a statement.