Judge Strikes Down Louisiana Video-Game Ban, Chides Lawmakers For Ignoring Precedent, Constitution
from the some-people-never-learn dept
States continue to pass laws banning the sale of certain video games to minors, despite the fact that those laws have been struck down by courts because they’re unconstitutional in every case. State legislators keep trying to pass them to “protect the children,” ignoring all the precedents, and indeed, the Constitution, in favor of scoring some political brownie points. Louisiana’s law has become the latest to get struck down (via Kotaku), and the judge in the case also said the state has to pay the $92,000 legal bill the video game industry incurred in fighting the law. In doing so, he excoriated the legislature for passing the bill, when similar laws had been passed and struck down in several other states, wondering “why nobody objected to the enactment of this statute.” Despite the ruling and the chiding from the judge, the representative that sponsored the bill says he might try to pass another similar law, apparently just so the state can waste even more taxpayer money.