Last month we told you that the Institute of Bill of Rights Law (IBRL) at William & Mary Law School would offer a mock trial of the Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association case, which is scheduled to go before the Supreme Court on November 2. Well, the Moot Court held its version of the event over the weekend, and gamers will have to hope that the result does not foreshadow the verdict that SCOTUS eventually returns.
The mock trial included participants such as USA Today’s Joan Biskupic, The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin, the New York Times’ Adam Liptak, University of California, Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemrinsky, Jeffrey Sutton from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and U.S. Department of Justice Deputy Assistant Attorney General Beth Brinkman.
An interested party attended and provided GP with a snapshot of what happened. The attendee is a student, but indicated that he understood the ESRB rating system better than any of the Moot Court participants. The only game brought up during the proceedings was Postal, which was mentioned several times, with an emphasis placed on the game’s ability to let players kill children and pee on corpses, “with the implication that other video games have similar content.”
The attendee felt that this negative misperception of games, driven by the lone example of Postal, eventually led the court to its opinion, which was a 6-3 vote in favor of Schwarzenegger and California.