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).