- The Washington Times - Monday, November 14, 2005

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge last week issued a preliminary injunction blocking a Michigan law that bars retailers from selling or renting violent video games to minors from going into effect until a lawsuit filed by the gaming industry is resolved.

The Entertainment Software Association, a trade group representing U.S. computer and video game publishers, filed the lawsuit in September, saying the law is unconstitutionally vague and limits First Amendment rights. Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm signed the law in September, and it was scheduled to take effect Dec. 1.

The lawsuit names Mrs. Granholm, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy as defendants.

In his order, U.S. District Judge George Steeh said the defendants are not likely to win the case and that the “loss of First Amendment freedoms, for even minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury.”

The state law was passed after hidden sex scenes were discovered in a popular game, “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.” Public complaints also spurred a Federal Trade Commission investigation.

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