The U.S. Supreme Court agreed this week to review a California law that would prevent the sale and rental of violent video games to minors.
The bill, authored by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was signed into law in 2005. It bars the sale and rental to minors of video games that depict serious injury to humans in an especially heinous, atrocious or cruel way, according to Yee's office.
Under the law, video game manufacturers are required to review each game and place an "18" sticker on so-called ultra-violent video games indicating that they can't be sold or rented to anyone under 18.
Before the law could take effect, however, the Video Software Dealers Association, now part of the Entertainment Merchants Association, filed a federal lawsuit to block it, according to state Attorney General Jerry Brown's office.
In August 2007, the U.S. District Court for Northern California invalidated the law and Brown's office appealed the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the district court's ruling in 2009.
Brown then filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case and overturn the appellate court decision. Yee, along with the California Psychiatric Association and the California Psychological Association, submitted a "friend of the court" brief in support of Brown's petition.