As GamePolitics reported on Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that California’s 2005 video game law is unconstitutional.
A hoofer with a sense of humor, Callahan likes to surprise judicial and legal gatherings by starting discussions about serious topics and ending with a quip about appellate judges who tap dance around issues. She then pulls off her black robe to reveal a sequined costume and tap shoes.
She’s been known to hop on a tabletop or in one case on a judicial bench during these special events and do some pretty impressive steps…
Hoofer or not, Judge Callahan reiterated the constitutional issues raised by other federal courts where restrictions on video game content are concerned:
The government may not restrict speech in order to control a minor’s thoughts…
The [U.S.] Supreme Court has carefully limited obscenity to sexual content. We decline the state’s invitation to apply the (same) rationale to materials depicting violence.
DOCUMENT DUMP: Grab a copy of Judge Callahan’s ruling here.