CA State Senator Prompted Landmark SCOTUS Decision
California State Senator Leland Yee, best known to gamers as the man who helped penned legislation against the sale of “violent” games to minors that was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, has been indicted on public corruption and bribery charges.
San Francisco television station KGO-TV reports the charges appear to be in connection to local gang activity. A second report from Sacramento television station KCRA-TV alleges the FBI has raided Yee’s office at the state Capitol.
Yee, a Democrat, is best known to the gaming community as the man who helped craft legislation that barred video games classified as violent to be sold to those under the age of 18 in California. The act became law in 2005, but the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it unconstitutional. Eventually, appeals sent the case to the US Supreme Court under Brown v. EMA, where by a 7-2 decision, justices ruled video games are eligible for First Amendment protection.