BREAKING: Jack Thompson's New Mexico GTA Lawsuit is Thrown Out by Judge

December 18, 2007 -
GamePolitics has learned that a New Mexico judge today dismissed Jack Thompson's wrongful death suit against Take Two Interactive and Sony.

The case, filed in 2006 by Thompson and a New Mexico attorney, claimed that Grand Theft Auto Vice City played a role in 14-year-old Cody Posey's 2004 murder of his father, stepmother and stepsister.

In disposing of the case, Judge Huling ruled that the Court did not have jurisdiction over Take Two and Sony, since neither corporation has offices in New Mexico. Judge Huling also ruled that New Mexico laws did not support Thompson's wrongful death claim in the case.

Thompson and his co-counsel have 30 days to filed an appeal. The controversial is pictured at left holding a September, 2006 press conference to announce the lawsuit.

UPDATE: GamePolitics has received this comment from Take Two regarding yesterday's dismissal of the New Mexico GTA Vice City wrongful death suit:
We are pleased that the Court took decisive and appropriate action to dismiss a case that Take-Two has always known had no basis in law or in fact.

Thompson was asked, but did not provide a comment on the case.

Comments

w00t!

@ CK20XX
OMG! I can totally see JT as Craocker! If I was a better artist, I would SO do a flash parody of Fairly Odd Parents.
"Hmmm... my Videogame Violence Detector lead me here, this must be the work of... *VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES!*"
"Sir, that's a police scanner."
"Quiet, you! Now tell me the grisly details of this childs murderous rampage."
"Actually, he was 24."
"We are all children... on the INSIDE! What Take Two games was he *GRAND THEFT AUTO* playing that caused him to kill his college classmates?"
"Actually, we can't find any video game history... I mean other then Sonic the Hedgehog..."
"AHA! I'm not familiar with it, but I'm sure it is an ultra-violent virtual reality kill fest!"
"Actually, sir, I think you collect rings..."
"... yes... ultra violent kill fest with *HOMOSEXUAL OVERTONES*! It's all flaling into place. And this murder trainer changed his brain chemistry and made him kill his own friends!"
"Sir, we think it was caused by his girlfriend breaking up with him."
"You, Sir-"
"Officer"
"Whatever, your obviously in cahoots with Take Two and are likely playing *VIOLENT VIDEOGAMES* in your head right now! You are planning on killing me as soon as I turn around! Everyone is against me!"
"Sir, I'm afraid we are going to need to discuss this down town."
"AHA! *VIOLENT VIDEOGAMES* I have won again!"

Those who aren't familiar with Fairly OddParents probably won't get a lot o this. You would need to hear Crockers ranting to truly appriciate the similarities. Do yourself a favor and find it on NickToons today, if for no other reason then to be able to use Crocker's voice in your mind when you read JT's comments.

This is a little off topic (and way facetious)...

Do you remember when Manhunt was blamed for that murder in Britain? And then it turned out that it was the VICTIM, not the murderer who played the game.

Cho of V-Tech apparently did not play games, but did they check to see if his victims did? I'm pretty sure that a majority of the victims played more than Sonic the Hedgehog.

Maybe there IS a link between videogames and these crimes. But they don't cause the players to kill, they cause them to BE killed!

OMG! We need to do a study!

I actually think it's a pity that this was thrown out before it got anywhere.

Now Jack can say he only lost because he filed it in the wrong court, but if he'd filed it in the right court he would have won! HOOAH

@vellocet

HEADDESK. Why didn't I think of that..?

@Shoehorn -- your analogy was probably more accurate, but mine was funnier.

I am sorry for any loved ones left behind. But even if the game did play a part in the game it is so small that you might as well blame the song that never ends it just goes on and on.....that over and over in your head is enough to drive a person mad.

Ah, there is still justice in the world. I feel bad for those who lost their loved ones, but blaming video games isn't going to help at all.

What I find particularly hilarious is that it got booted out of court for jurisdictional reasons. Somebody missed that ENTIRE SEMESTER of civil procedure in law school.

GO, JUDGE, GO!....if this judge ran for president I WOULD VOTE FOR HIM!

No supprise, Jack Thompson never wins anything. Because Jack Thompson sucks at life.

@ MR.B

Black Knight = WIN

Even days later now, this story still brings a smile to my face. ESPECIALLY the "no comment" from JT. Too busy crying, I imagine.
 
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