Free Speech Dominates High Court Media Battles

Law360, New York (August 24, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down a California video game law reflects its long-standing position that the First Amendment shields depictions of violence, but an upcoming dispute over indecency on the public airwaves will pose a more difficult free speech question, lawyers say.

In a 7-2 decision penned by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court ruled in June that California's 2005 ban on selling violent video games to minors tried to create a new category of unprotected speech by shoehorning depictions of violence into...
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