Court: Calif. can't ban violent video game sales

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The Supreme Court on Monday refuse to let California clamp downstairs on the sale or rental of violent video games to children, saying governments require authority to "restrict the ideas to which children may be uncovered" despite complaints that the popular and fast-changing technology allows the little to simulate acts of brutality.

On a 7-2 vote, the high court upheld a federal appeal court conclusion to throw out California's ban on the sale or leasing of violent video games to minors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento had lined that the law violated minors' rights under the First Amendment, and the high court agreed.

"No doubt a state possesses legitimate authority to protect children from harm," said Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the majority opinion. "But that does not take in a free-floating power to restrict the thoughts to which children may be uncovered."

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