California was forced to pick up the legal fees for a Supreme court case regarding legislation to fine retailers for selling minors games deemed violent.
The cost to taxpayers totalled about $1.8m dollars for a law which never took effect, The Sacramento Beereported.
The Supreme court ruled against the law, backed by the then governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Brown, attorney general, by 7-2.
Despite a financial crisis in the state of California, the Governor decided to appeal the legislation, already rejected by two lower courts, in 2009.
"It was an important issue to the governor," said Schwarzenegger's former legal affairs secretary, Andrea Hoch.
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