(CN) The high court on Monday agreed to hear a case that challenged the constitutionality of a California law banning the sale or rental of violent and sexually explicit video games to children. It will be the first time the Supreme Court has addressed the question of whether violent material can be treated similarly to sexually explicit materials sold to adults only.
The state had asked the Supreme Court last May to review the decision to invalidate the state’s video game law.
The case stems from a 2005 law that prohibited the sale of games marked with an “18” on them, and imposed a $1,000 fine for violations.
The Video Software Dealers Association, now part of the Entertainment Assocation, filed a federal lawsuit to block the law.
The District Court for Northern California invalidated the law in 2007, and the state’s Attorney General Jerry Brown appealed.
The 9th Circuit upheld the ruling in February.