State Senator Yee Not Backing Down Following Supreme Court Decision

by James Dawson - June 27, 2011, 6:28 pm PDT
Total comments: 10 Source: http://www.1up.com/news/senator-yee-hopes-reintrod..., (1up)

Yee's reaction to the Supreme Court's decision is far from one of defeat; instead, he hopes to reintroduce the law.

Today, June 27, 2011, the Supreme Court decided 7-2 against a California law that would prohibit the sale or rent of violent video games to children, as well as fine the retailer $1,000 for each offense. One of the law’s main proponents, California State Senator Leland Yee, voiced his disappointment in the ruling while also claiming that the fight is not yet over.

“Unfortunately, the majority of the Supreme Court once again put the interests of corporate America before the interests of our children,” replied Senator Yee.

Yee is basing his hope on the dissenting opinion of Justice Stephen Breyer. Justice Breyer feels that the law would only act as a modest restriction of developer’s freedom of expression, noting that the law would only keep those under the age of 17 from purchasing the material without parental permission. The opinion goes on to say that the law is more about education than censorship; meaning that allowing for children to have access to violent material may cause them to act aggressively in the future.

Senator Yee praises 11 other states in their support of the law, while mentioning that he feels the past 8 years of the legal battle have raised awareness for his cause.

Yee’s current plan is to review the dissenting opinions and hopes to find a way to reintroduce the law in a way that will be deemed constitutional.

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EnnerJune 28, 2011

Yee sure is persistent. Gotta give him that.

broodwarsJune 28, 2011

Yeah, this definitely isn't over, not when some of the Supreme Court Justices that ruled against the Bill stated it was because of vague language.  I think we'll see another bill passed in the near future with more specific language that will be more problematic for the industry.

CericJune 28, 2011

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“Unfortunately, the majority of the Supreme Court once again put the interests of corporate America before the interests of our children,”

How can any Senator say that with a straight face.  Judicial is one of the better branches... with Congress being the segment most in Corporate pockets... blah...

Quote from: Ceric

Quote:

“Unfortunately, the majority of the Supreme Court once again put the interests of corporate America before the interests of our children,”

How can any Senator say that with a straight face.  Judicial is one of the better branches... with Congress being the segment most in Corporate pockets... blah...

Yeah, that was the part of his statement that I felt was the most ironic. I generally support the political left in this country, but it seems that they are too often in favor of using censorship as a method of parenting. Though, I guess both parties are to blame.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJune 28, 2011

Lemme fix that title for you...

"State Senator Yee Not Backing Down On Wasting Taxpayer Funds in Lieu of Supreme Court Decision".

Xero!June 28, 2011

Guy is a moron. Full stop.

crashnnburnJune 28, 2011

And this will stop parents from buying mature games to their children how exactly?

ShyGuyJune 28, 2011

Please take care of Senator Yee! We are all confused children and we need you to tell us what to do!

I meant to post this earlier. Yee is currently a frontrunner for mayor of San Francisco. I'm not sure what that would mean for the bill reintroduction if he does win.

ShyGuyJuly 11, 2011

San Francisco does like banning things.

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