The Supreme Court agreed today to rule on the constitutionality of a state law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors, reports ScotusBlog.com. The justices accepted for review an appeal by the state of California, urging a new constitutional standard that would enable states to ban such games for those under age 18.
The court apparently had been holding the case until it decided another First Amendment case involving violent expression. In that ruling, the court last week struck down a federal law that banned the depiction in videotapes of animal cruelty. In that ruling, the Justices refused to create a new exception to the First Amendment free speech right. The video game case will be be heard in the term starting Oct. 4.