October 29th is shaping up as a big day for the video game industry.
On that morning, oral arguments concerning California’s contested 2005 video game law will be heard by judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court in Sacramento.
As GamePolitics readers may recall, the law crafted by then-Assemblyman Leland Yee restricted the sale of "ultra-violent" games to minors. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed it into law on October 7th, 2005 but a federal court injunction blocked the measure from going into effect.
In August, 2007 U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte ruled that the law was unconstitutional. Gov. Schwarzenegger, who has been enriched by his portrayal in several violent games (see pic), made the decision to appeal the ruling not long after. The actual appeal was filed in January of this year.
Given the late October time frame, a decision from the 9th Circuit won’t likely come until well into 2009.