Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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blame, murder, video games

Another Attempt To Blame The Video Game For Murder

from the the-i'm-easily-pursuaded-defense dept

The rather infamous Jack Thompson gained his fame by picking up various lawsuits that involved kids shooting people and trying to get them off by blaming the video game. Rather than admit guilt, he was attempting to keep murderers from getting convicted by saying that it was the video game that made them do it. It appears that others are now picking up on this tactic. Adam Thierer points us to a recent case where a lawyer isn't arguing that his client, a 24-year-old, didn't commit a murder. He's arguing that the guy thought he was playing a video game. This is a really weak way to try to get someone acquitted of murder -- and says quite a bit about the lawyers who would use this sort of defense. As the article notes, the actual evidence suggests that video games had nothing to do with the murder, and that it was an old-fashioned robbery attempt.

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    PaulT (profile), 1 Mar 2008 @ 12:17am

    It's a shame that mainstream media tends to pick up on these claims. I look at them the same way that I did when horror movies were blamed in the 90s, or heavy metal in the 80s, etc. - patently false. After all, these are usually just last-ditch attempts to get a killer off the hook when the evidence proves that they are guilty - just trying to provide "mitigating circumstances" to say "yeah, I did it but it wasn't my fault!".

    It's a shame that so many fools out there (yes, Jack Thompson, I'm looking at you and the people who hire you on TV) are so much more willing to believe the desperate pleas of murderers rather than the evidence at hand. Hopefully, this case will prove to be overlooked by the usual media channels.

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