After being stillborn
for 4 months,
Michigan's violent game
-- signed into law last September by Governor Jennifer M Granholm (pictured) -- is now officially dead.
In a ruling handed out Friday, Judge George Caram Steeh confirmed that video games are a form protected free speech,
"similar to movies and television shows." Steeh further dismissed the claim that gaming's inherent
interactivity somehow restricted its First Amendment protection. Steeh's decision is full of choice quotes, but the
following sentence could have more long-term importance:
"The research conducted by the State has
failed to prove that video games have ever caused anyone to commit a violent act, let alone present a danger of
A statement that strong and resolute will prove damning to the prosecutors
currently involved in Alabama's GTA Cop Killer
case, which contends that Grand Theft Auto
trained and incited Devin Moore to fatally shoot police officers.