Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Judge Whyte in the news

The Honorable Ronald Whyte continues to be praised or disparaged for his strangle-hold on California's video game restriction law that was to take effect on January 1, 2006.

The Wichita Eagle reports (12/27/05):

Just in time for the holidays, another video-game ban goes down in flames.

Read the entire blurb at Kansas.com linked here.

The Conservative Voice spins (12/26/05):

U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte has blocked a California law that would disallow the marketing, rental and sale of violent and sexually explicit video games. The judge's decision will also allow the continuation of the marketing, sales and rentals to children.

Read the entire blurb at The Conservative Voice linked here.

Inside Bay Area - The Argus reports (12/26/05):

The law, authored by Assembly Speaker pro tem Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was set to go into effect Jan. 1. Yee called the injunction a "temporary pause" and that "common sense will prevail over corporate rofiteering."

"The $31 billion video game industry is not concerned with the health and welfare of our children; they are simply concerned with their own financial interests," he wrote in a statement. "The new California law has been drafted with the help of constitutional experts to pass such a challenge, and I expect the courts will agree."

Read the entire article at The Argus linked here.

Edinburg Evening News Online (Edinburg) headlines its report (12/24/05):

Arnie's ban on city video game may be terminated

Edinburg is the home of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas developer Rockstar North. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been roundly criticized for allowing players to shoot police, run over pedestrians and have sex with prostitutes.

Read the Edinburg article linked here.

1 comment:

Empiricum said...

Assembly Speaker pro tem Leland Yee, a democrat from San Francisco, is quoted as saying:

"The new California law has been drafted with the help of constitutional experts to pass such a challenge, and I expect the courts will agree."

I think it's time to remind Mr. Yee that whatever constitutional law "experts" say does not necessarily make a law constitutional.

Even the much acclaimed Harvard law professor, Lawrence Tribe, has been proven wrong on several occasions.

In fact, even Floyd Abrams, a constitutional law "expert" and father of Dan Abrams of MSNBC's "Abrams Reports" was severely wrong in the Judith Miller / Matthew Cooper appeal case that he (Floyd Abrams) was reportedly "manhandled" and "scuttled" by the US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia:

*** Circuit Judges David B. Sentelle and David S. Tatel manhandled the defendants' attorney, First Amendment legend Floyd Abrams, during the Dec. 8 oral arguments before the appeals court, and today's decision only continues their thrashing. (Judge Karen L. Henderson asked only a couple of questions at argument and authored a brief concurrence today.) In the majority opinion, Judge Sentelle finds no merit in Abrams' assertion that a First Amendment privilege protects Cooper and Miller from the subpoena.***

[http://www.slate.com/id/2113570/]

 
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