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Personal Responsibility (or lack thereof) 
22nd-Oct-2003 10:37 am
Halloween 2008- Captain Hammer
http://www.startribune.com/stories/789/4168514.html

Sony, Rockstar, Take-Two and Wal-Mart are being sued for $46 million each because some halfwit kids played GTA3 then decided to go out and shoot at cars. They of course bear no responsibility for their actions, it was obviously the videogames that made them do it.

Idiots. You can't even shoot the passengers of vehicles in GTA3, that wasn't added until Vice City.
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22nd-Oct-2003 09:31 am (UTC)
This case reminds me of the "Professional Wrestling made me do it" case a couple of years ago. In that case, the kid hadn't even been watching wrestling but the lawyers used the defense anyhow.

This case is a premeditated hold-up. I like lawyers, my dad is one, my love is one, but this guy is a piece of work. He chases ambulances nationwide to find possible cases with which to make his fortune. His last one was thrown out, and now he's trying to take over one in Ohio.

Last month, a 14-year-old boy in southern Ohio stabbed his aunt to death, possibly while sleepwalking. Just hours earlier, he had been playing a game called Diablo. It is "hugely significant," Mr Thompson said.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3104892.stm

Another example of his ambulance chasing:

http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/article.asp?ArtID=6211

Thompson's possible involvement in Lovett's defense represents a reversal of fortune for the Miami-based attorney whose efforts to insinuate himself into the Matrix teens case had been thwarted by both the prosecution and defense attorneys. The day news of the case broke back in July, Thompson was on the phone with a detective from the Oaklyn police. Thompson repeatedly faxed defense attorneys and the parents of the defendants beseeching them to consider the role first-person shooter games may have played in the alleged actions of the Oaklyn teens. Advised by their attorneys, the parents rebuffed Thompson's offer of help.
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