I’m not one to gloat, normally, but this one deserves a big I told you so.
U.S. District Judge James Brady has once again issued an injunction to block the enforcement of Louisiana’s ill-created anti-video game law.
Brady’s called the law an “invasion of First Amendment rights” and will not allow the state’s sheep, err lawmakers, to enforce it.
“Depictions of violence are entitled to full constitutional protection,” Brady wrote Thursday.
The lawmakers in the fine state of Louisiana chose to jump on the Jack Thompson bandwagon in a unanimous decision to throw taxpayer dollars out the window. They passed this thing knowing it was illegal. They passed it knowing it would face a challenge.
In fact, the ESA vowed to fight the law and Gov. Kathleen (It’s not my money) Blanco signed the piece of legislation into action anyway.
Louisiana lawmakers say they did it “for the children,” but in reality it’s my guess they did it to earn votes. Instead it will likely end up costing an already devastated state several hundred thousand dollars in legal fees.
While I’d really like to see the ESA stick it to these buffoons in office, it’s my sincere hope the organization refrains from suing for legal fees in this case – provided the folks in Louisiana vote these people out of office.
Otherwise, let the Illinois treatment begin!
The reason for my gloating?
Back when I wrote my original pieces on Louisiana’s misguided attempt to pass the doomed legislation, I received some nasty e-mails from one of the law’s backers, whom I’ll leave unnamed. This person told me there was no way the law would fail and that I should perhaps study my constitutional law more closely.
I chuckled at the time. I’m still chuckling.