Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 10 AM ET is when oral arguments will be made in front of the Supreme Court of the United States for case number 08-1448, better known as Schwarzenegger vs EMA.
The one-hour long session is the first on that day’s calendar (PDF) and will see the Court answer a pair of questions related to a California state law originally authored by State Senator Leland Yee, which sought to ban the sale of violent videogames to minors.
The two questions posed to the Court are:
1. Does the First Amendment bar a state from restricting the sale of violent video games to minors?
2. If the First Amendment applies to violent video games that are sold to minors, and the standard of review is strict scrutiny, under Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. F.C.C., 512 U.S. 622, 666 (1994), is the state required to demonstrate a direct causal link between violent video games and physical and psychological harm to minors before the state can prohibit the sale of the games to minors?
The Court, unfortunately for all of us waiting, has no set time table under which it must decide on the case and/or issue a decision, other than it must be decided before the Court’s summer recess begins, which is usually at the end of June.
More on arguments from the Supreme Court website:
During an argument week, the Justices meet in a private conference, closed even to staff, to discuss the cases and to take a preliminary vote on each case. If the Chief Justice is in the majority on a case decision, he decides who will write the opinion. He may decide to write it himself or he may assign that duty to any other Justice in the majority. If the Chief Justice is in the minority, the Justice in the majority who has the most seniority assumes the assignment duty.
Also, if you were wondering where new Chief Justice Elena Kagan would be sitting, wonder no more as SCOTUS has also released the Court’s new seating chart. Kagan will be sitting to the left of Justice Samuel Alito, all the way on the right side of the Court as viewing it from the audience.