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Oklahoma Judge Puts Violent Video Game Law On Hold

by Rainier on Oct. 12, 2006 @ 1:33 p.m. PDT

Yesterday US District Judge Robin J. Cauthron handed down a preliminary injunction halting Oklahoma’s law which prohibits the sale of video games depicting inappropriate violence to minors, claiming it unconstitutional in various ways.

In a ruling issued October 11, 2006, Judge Robin J. Cauthron, US District Judge, Western District of Oklahoma, handed down a preliminary injunction halting the implementation of Oklahoma’s law which prohibits the sale of video games depicting “inappropriate” violence to minors. In the decision, the Court stated that plaintiffs presented strong arguments that the Act contains unconstitutional content-based restrictions and that the Act's language is unconstitutionally vague.

“This marks the ninth Court decision in the past five years to enjoin restrictions on video games," said Doug Lowenstein, president of the ESA, the trade group representing U.S. computer and video game publishers. “We're grateful for the preliminary injunction and look forward to prevailing in the effort to permanently strike down the law.”

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