Author Lists Brown v. EMA as One of the 'Worst Decisions of the Supreme Court'

March 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A national press tour for the Fourth Edition of Joel D. Joseph's book chronicling (what he believes) are the worst decisions made by the United States Supreme Court in recent years is about to get underway. The book was published by Imprint Books in December of last year and was recently updated with new material.

Of particular interest to gamers is Joseph's opinion on Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, which struck down a California state law that would have banned the sale of "M rated" video games to minors. The law, written by State Senator Leland Yee and signed into law by then California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, was ultimately struck down by the Supreme Court in 2010 on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment of the Constitution.

In an excerpt promoting the updated book, "Black Mondays: Worst Decisions of the Supreme Court (4th Edition)" Joseph talks about shooters James Holmes and Adam Lanza:

Mr. Joseph blames the Supreme Court for overturning laws that regulated violent video games and limited gun control laws. “The Supreme Court ruled that California could not limit sales of violent video games to minors. Two of the mass shooters of this past year, Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut and James Holmes in Aurora, Colorado, were violent video game addicts who acted out their fantasies in real life. The Court has blood on its hands, particularly Justice Scalia, who found that there is not [a] connection between violent video games and actual violence.”

While this particular opinion might not sit well with gamers or game makers (or civil rights advocates for that matter), there are likely some positions that Joseph takes that people might agree with: he also says that the Supreme Court's intervention in the 2000 presidential election was not constitutional, and that the court erred in allowing President Bush to allow Justice Roberts to appoint members to the FISA court, and that it made bad calls on issues related to government spying, gun control, voters’ rights, civil rights, consumer rights, privacy rights, and access to justice.

You can learn more about the book here. It is available at most major book retailers in hardcover (ISBN 978-0-9814510-6-0, $45.00), paperback (ISBN 978-0-9814510-8-4, $20.00), and EBook formats ($9.95).

Comments

Re: Author Lists Brown v. EMA as One of the 'Worst Decisions ...

I decided to actually look in the book to see how it handled Dread Scott, which I think hands down was one of the worst SCOTUS decisions around.   As far as I can tell the author only mentions it in terms of how horrible it is that the Dread Scott decisions tarnished the memory of an otherwise constitution loving court and that it was only bad because it was out of sync with popular opinion, not because, oh I don't know, it ruled blacks were not actually people even in free states.

Re: Author Lists Brown v. EMA as One of the 'Worst Decisions ...

Joel D. Joseph is one of the biggest idiots walking the Earth.

SCOTUS' decision in Brown v. EMA was one of the best they ever made.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Solidarity for the Saints = No retreat, no surrender. 2013 = Saints' revenge on the NFL. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

Re: Author Lists Brown v. EMA as One of the 'Worst Decisions ...

I guess eleven other federal courts, free speech advocacy groups, criminologists, scientists, and researchers who all found no link between video games and violence have blood on their hands too.

Re: Author Lists Brown v. EMA as One of the 'Worst Decisions ...

There is absolutely ZERO evidence that either the Newtown or Aurora shooters were addicted to violent video games.

Don't make up facts to support your opinions.  It's quite distasteful.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Author Lists Brown v. EMA as One of the 'Worst Decisions ...

Agreed.  It's not possible to use these cases to support his agenda.  Holmes is kind of a black hole (not much information on him) but with Lanza the official report made it clear he was not a violent game addict.  So these comments about blood on their hands are rather silly. 

Re: Author Lists Brown v. EMA as One of the 'Worst Decisions ...

Besides, if anybody has "blood on their hands", it's the tabloid trash mainstream news media that continues to push their "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality in pursuit of Nielsen ratings/webpage views/subscription rates.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Solidarity for the Saints = No retreat, no surrender. 2013 = Saints' revenge on the NFL. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

Re: Author Lists Brown v. EMA as One of the 'Worst Decisions ...

I suppose the only interest in the book I might have is seeing his opinion on Citizens United. Pretty much anything else they've done in the past decade or so pales in comparison to how nightmarishly bad that was.

Re: Author Lists Brown v. EMA as One of the 'Worst Decisions ...

The irony is the we try to regulate campaign finance the worse it gets. the first attempt took incumbency rates from 60% in the 70s to over 90%. the truth is the money was always there, and always will be there. all those restrictions on donation amounts did was move it in to the shadows. anyone who think money can be removed from politics is kidding themselves. so the choice is do you want it in the shadows, public?

 
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