North Carolina Killer: I Played GTA Before Double Murder

A 22-year-old convicted killer claims that he played Grand Theft Auto just before murdering two housemates in 2005.

As reported by the Fayetteville Observer, James Christopher Stitt is waiting to learn whether he will be executed or face life in prison for the gruesome double slaying. Stitt told a psychiatrist that he played GTA until 4 a.m. and then committed the killings. The psychiatrist, Dr. Moira Artigues, testified:

He went in and killed George and Jenna in a state where he was like an automaton, not in control of his actions at the time.

The newspaper report notes:

[Dr.] Artigues… did not suggest that there was a connection between the video game and the murders…. Artigues said Stitt seems at times to live in a fantasy world and she wasn’t even sure that the version of the murders he described to her was the truth. He told a different story — in which Grand Theft Auto wasn’t mentioned — to his girlfriend, according to earlier testimony.

Courtroom testimony also revealed that the convicted murderer had an extremely troubled childhood.

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  1. 0
    Adamas Draconis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The problem is the fact that they are attempting to use GTA as a mitigating circumstance for WHY he did it which is whats getting everyone irritated. Either way he’s going to get his appeals, and (as much as I hate sounding like this) hopefully die in prison.

  2. 0
    Matt says:

    Read the whole article.  Life in prison/Death penalty = not walking the streets – and the taxpayers are going to pay either way.  You don’t think they’re going to appeal the decision and have the guy on Death Row for awhile if the hury decides to sentence him to death?

    The article also already said that this guy does not function well in society.  He does OK in low stimulating environments like prison.  Reminds me of Sling Blade in that regard.  Honestly, this seems more to me a case of mentioning this on gamepolitics just to get the usual retorts.  It didn’t influence the jury in convicting him of murder.  And if it didn’t do that, then it shouldn’t influence their decision on either to sentence him to the death penalty or life in prison.

  3. 0
    GNux says:

    Not in control of his actions at the time? This means he has some sort of mental condition in which (one of the following):

    -He mimics what he sees.
    -He has no morals and can’t differ right from wrong.
    -He can’t tell the difference between the real world and the virtual world.
    -or he thinks he’s actually fooling anybody.

    Whichever one it is, kill him. We don’t need psychos in the streets, and I don’t think the taxpayers want to pay to keep him in prison for the rest of his life.

  4. 0
    Delta says:

    Cause you know, my not showing up to work tommorrow is because I was playing Mario Kart Wii so much I drifted into 4 other cars thinking I had green shells around me.

  5. 0
    Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    He also ate a Happy Meal from McDonalds, Used gas purchased from Exxon, Wore Levis 505 jeans, Hanes socks and underwear, Reebok sneakers, and t-shirt from Reebok.

    We should blame McDonalds, Reebok, Exxon, Levis, and Hanes, for providing the nesseary gear, fuel, and food, for this guy to commite the murder.  An no, I have no idea what he wore, ate, or what fuel he drove with.  Its an arguement kids.

    His argument is absurd.  If it was a crime of passion, in the heat of the moment, while under considerable stress from one or more other elements (lost job, unemployment, relative/close friend just died, etc)….that’s understandable.  He’d have to do the time, maybe get parole in under ten years if he’s tries to reform.

    Still, if THIS, is the best, this guy can come up with, as an arguement against not being executed, I say, executed him on grounds of having a ‘flimsy defense’.  Execute his attorney as well, for even trying this lame idea in court.

  6. 0
    Void Munashii says:

        I once had to go to the bathroom after reading a Jack Thompson press release, so therefore Jack Thompson causes diahrrea.

      Regardless of whether video games are involved in his life in any way or not, Stitt admitted his guilt and should be executed, period.

  7. 0
    kaemmerite says:

    That woman’s last name is Bologna.  This amuses me for some reason.

    Other than that, not much to say.  Loudspeaker summed up my thoughts pretty well.

  8. 0
    mogbert ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Nietzsche, Catcher in teh Rye, Helter Skelter… Twinkies!

    What excuses have people used to claim they aren’t responsible for their murders? There should be a list of defenses that have been tried somewhere on the web.

     

  9. 0
    Loudspeaker says:

    This is merely a defense, as the article explains, in order to try and keep him off death row.  However, it won’t work.

    From the article:

    “Around 4 a.m., Stitt quit playing the game and walked into the bedroom. He saw the sleeping couple, found Katsigiannis’ gun and took it back to the living room.

    Back in the living room, he picked up a kitchen knife from the coffee table. Then he went back into the bedroom and tried to cut Katsigiannis’ throat. The knife broke, so he ran back into the living room, got the gun and went back into the bedroom.

    In the bedroom, Katsigiannis was up and trying to say something. Stitt shot him in the face. Bologna was screaming, and Stitt shot her twice in the head.”

    There’s no way he didn’t know what he was doing.  He failed to kill them with a knife (plastic?  How else would it break) then proceeded to get the gun which he’d already removed from the room so they couldn’t use it on him.  Honestly this sounds VERY premeditated not to mention horrific in the fact Stitt wanted to kill with a knife, up close and personal first rather than using the gun he’d already acquired.

    I hope this courtroom understands that and puts this sick bastard away, showing a precident that the “Wookie” defense doesn’t work.

  10. 0
    digipen89 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I actually know the writer of the article. When the story appeared a couple of days ago in the paper there was no mention of GTA in the story.

  11. 0
    Trevor McGee ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    For some reason when I try to register to the forums the image shows no letters or numbers to put in the verification code. What’s up with it?

  12. 0
    GryphonOsiris ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    That excuse is about as weak as Lipton tea.  Odds are this little Charles Manson had read somewhere that people were trying to blaim GTA on causing people to kill and is trying to BS his way out of things. Considering his contradictor testimonies, this will probaby be dismissed by the courts/judge.

    P.s. Love the new format Dennis!

  13. 0
    Rave42 says:

    Why do people blame  other things other than the fact that they just killed someone, I wouldn’t have killed the guy if I didn’t have a bad childhood. That is bullshit, because video games don’t cause violence in people the shitheads that think that the shit you can do in video games is real cause violence!!!

  14. 0
    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This guy knows this defense is bullshit.  But thanks to those like Thompson who are trying to murder personal responsibility people like this can prey on people’s ignorance about this subject to try and stay on the streets.  Sorry kiddo.  Do the crime do the time.  No ifs and or buts.

  15. 0
    Zen says:

    And we can think of people like Jack Thompson that keeps this idea in the minds of other lawyers and criminals as the “cover all” excuse for crime. 

  16. 0
    Ravenhawk ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    At least they didn’t try to directlysay that it was because they played GTA. They just tried to imply it. It probably won’t fly due to the fact that they told the other story, though.

  17. 0
    Necromancist says:

    I’m disgusted by the fact that he’s even trying. He’s killed two people and should at the very least be sentenced to life in jail. If he actually succeeds I will lose what little faith in humanity I still have left.

  18. 0
    Christian Astrup ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I cannot for the life of me understand why all these people think blaming video games is going to be more efficient than admitting to being messed up by a cooky childhood.

  19. 0
    Adamas Draconis says:

    I googled the number on his lovely invitations to play and the links i’m finding do seem to be his legitimate number.

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  20. 0
    shufflefield ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    But you are posting on a public forum and asking people to contact you…

    Contact Jack Thompson for more information at 305-666-4366 or amendmentone@comcast.net.

    Also, the case you mention has an awful lot more going on than a simple crusade against something you don’t like. Parents were actually encouraging their kids to go ahead and torment another kid, there is nothing right about that. Now I don’t actually believe that they can all be held fully responsible for the actual death of the girl, because suicide was that girls choice, just like Devon Moore chose to steal a car and then shoot 3 people. But they are alot more culpable than Rockstar ever has been in a tragic event.

  21. 0
    shufflefield ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    But you are posting on a public forum and asking people to contact you…

    Contact Jack Thompson for more information at 305-666-4366 or amendmentone@comcast.net.

    Also, the case you mention has an awful lot more going on than a simple crusade against something you don’t like. Parents were actually encouraging their kids to go ahead and torment another kid, there is nothing right about that. Now I don’t actually believe that they can all be held fully responsible for the actual death of the girl, because suicide was that girls choice, just like Devon Moore chose to steal a car and then shoot 3 people. But they are alot more culpable than Rockstar ever has been in a tragic event.

  22. 0
    Aliasalpha says:

    Are you registered? The register link is towards the top right of the site. The edit link (it’s not a button at all, we were lied to! I call conspiracy!!! Where’s the 60 Minutes camera?) is in the footer of your posts when you’re registered.

  23. 0
    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Guys… it may do nothing more than play to his ‘You’re only talking and/or not talking to me because you’re afraid of me’ bullcrap, but seriously, if my last post above was any indication, just don’t e-mail him at all. It isn’t worth your time. He thinks EVERY e-mail is just there to annoy him. I sent him this huge e-mail, and i shit you not, that was the entirety of his reply, right down to the puncuation marks.

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re a gamer or not, whether you read any game blogs or not,  how old you are, where you went to school, or what your job is, through John Bruce Thompson’s turd-tinted glasses, everyone is a nothing more than a pimple-faced 13-year-old druggie on the fast track to pulling a Columbine. It’s that simple. He’s too far down the path of insanity, denial, and generally being a senile old fool to even be worth your time writing out even the most flattering or agreeable e-mail.

    I realise that last paragraph looks a bit harsh, but i’m merely saying it through experience, seeing his escapades over the past year, and the e-mail i sent him just took the cake.

  24. 0
    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Guys… it may do nothing more than play to his ‘You’re only talking and/or not talking to me because you’re afraid of me’ bullcrap, but seriously, if my last post above was any indication, just don’t e-mail him at all. It isn’t worth your time. He thinks EVERY e-mail is just there to annoy him. I sent him this huge e-mail, and i shit you not, that was the entirety of his reply, right down to the puncuation marks.

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re a gamer or not, whether you read any game blogs or not,  how old you are, where you went to school, or what your job is, through John Bruce Thompson’s turd-tinted glasses, everyone is a nothing more than a pimple-faced 13-year-old druggie on the fast track to pulling a Columbine. It’s that simple. He’s too far down the path of insanity, denial, and generally being a senile old fool to even be worth your time writing out even the most flattering or agreeable e-mail.

    I realise that last paragraph looks a bit harsh, but i’m merely saying it through experience, seeing his escapades over the past year, and the e-mail i sent him just took the cake.

  25. 0
    Freyar says:

    He’s trying to threaten a subpeona… Really? Jack, you posted your details “anonomously” and in a public forum. You’ve got to expect a good deal of pornography and viagra spams. While I do personally think that  any e-mail sent to you would be a wonderful waste of time, I think it would be better if all you did was to set up a simple spam filtering rule.

    Good Luck!

    —-
    There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians.

  26. 0
    John Doe says:

    Anyone sends me an email the result of which is to annoy me, I will hunt you down and prosecute you.

    Let me guess Jack, you still hasn’t learned from your LiveJournal days?  I am not going to mention the fact that if you post your personal info online(i.e. phone, email, etc) and harass people, then you have NO right to bitch about being “annoyed”…  Nor the fact that you are abusing “anonymous“-izing services again.

    And that is the best example you can find?  What a laugh if you think that case is going to get you anywhere…. If I remember correctly both the FBI & police are fed up and ignoring such “baaaaaaaaaawwwwww, I’m being annoyed for harassing people on the interwebs & in real life” BS from you.

  27. 0
    Kincyr says:

    Re: North Carolina Killer: I Played GTA Before Double Murder
    Submitted by Anonymous – May 15, 2008 at 3:44 pm -0500

    Anyone sends me an email the result of which is to annoy me, I will hunt you down and prosecute you. Think you\\\’re anonymous?

    you’re the one who’s posting anonymously. and what the hell is with all those backslashes?

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  28. 0
    Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Anyone sends me an email the result of which is to annoy me, I will hunt you down and prosecute you. Think you\\\’re anonymous? Think again in light of the below. I already have one subpoena now before the court. Anybody want to be the target of another? Then don\\\’t email me. If you do, Dennis McCauley will be getting a subpoena, and guess what, subpoenas work:

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a Missouri woman for her alleged role in perpetrating a MySpace online hoax on a 13-year-old neighbor girl who committed suicide.
    Lori Drew of suburban St. Louis was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to obtain information to inflict emotional distress on the girl.

    Drew allegedly helped create a false-identity MySpace account to contact Megan Meier, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named \\\”Josh Evans.\\\”

    Megan hanged herself at home in October 2006 after receiving cruel messages, including one stating the world would be better off without her.

    Drew has denied creating the account and sending messages to Megan.

    MySpace, a social networking site, is based in Beverly Hills. The indictment noted that computer servers are located in Los Angeles County.

    Due to juvenile privacy rules, the indictment refers to the girl as M.T.M., the U.S. attorney\\\’s office said.

    The conspiracy count carries a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. Each count of accessing protected computers carries a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison.

    Last month, 19-year-old Ashley Grills, an employee of Drew, told ABC\\\’s \\\”Good Morning America\\\” she created the false MySpace profile, but said Drew wrote some of the messages to Megan.

    Grills also claimed Drew suggested talking to Megan via the Internet to find out what Megan was saying about her daughter, who was a former friend.

    Grills also said she wrote the message to Megan about the world being a better place without her. The message was supposed to end the online relationship with \\\”Josh\\\” because Grills felt the joke had gone too far.

    \\\”I was trying to get her angry so she would leave him alone and I could get rid of the whole MySpace,\\\” Grills told the morning show.

    Megan\\\’s death was investigated by Missouri authorities, but no state charges were filed.

  29. 0
    Kincyr says:

    he also thinks he’s god. At least that’s how I take the phrase “…so help me god” since when taking an oath in court, the baliff says “…so help you god

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  30. 0
    Dog Welder says:

    You heard it here!  Jack Thompson approves of lesser penalties for those convicted of murder as long as they played a video game in their life.  Congrats, Jack!  You continue to look like a douchebag in this “victory” of yours.

    (Note: I actually understand the facts of the case because my reading comprehension skills are well above Jack’s.  The above was sarcasm.)

  31. 0
    Benji says:

    You have two buses.

    One bus is filled with murders, rapists, and other violent criminals of Stitt’s variety – their offenses are egregious and their guilt certain.

    The other bus contains Strauss Zelnick and the development team responsible for GTA IV.

    One bus will be locked away, its inhabitants never to be seen again. Which bus would you rather keep around?

    Because JT’s argument seems to be that it’s okay to murder as long as you played GTA – the video games made you do it.

  32. 0
    Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What about miss “Iris”? What if she was a mother of  lets say two? Best buy was the job she needed to support her family. She never gets another job like it. They fall into poverty. When they get older they turn to crime. One of our friends, family, and/or love ones happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time ,cross paths with one of theses people. They get robbed, or shot in a robbery. Get in a crash trying to get away from a robbery. Gets raped by one of theses people. Or God knows what. Because a lawyer, a LAWYER, insted of trying to keep people like this off the streets inadvertently caused someone to become a criminal. Because he has some kind of vendetta againest one game. Think about it. It could happen.  P.S. I’m not spineless. It just was a spur of the moment thing. J.T. just pisses me off sometimes.

  33. 0
    shufflefield ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The article points out that the Jury was given the choice between life in prison or the death penalty. A unanimous decision was required to impose the death penalty. Out of 12 people it is far from a stretch to think that at least 1 of those people would be opposed to the death penalty, on any number of grounds. So the fact that he got the “minimum” sentence cannot soley be attributed to any sort of “videogame” defense. In this case, it isn’t even a consideration since according to Mr. Woolverton the video game aspect wasn’t written into the defense.

    I would be willing to bet that somewhere around half of the jurors were for the death penalty with the others being opposed. You know, like real life where the truth generally lay somewhere in the middle.

    That can’t really be JT that posted about the video game defense “working” can it? The article announcing the conviction didn’t even say a single word about games…

  34. 0
    Anonymous says:

    I loled at Jack’s last bit(he is so full of irony and hypocrisy), but at least I checked to see if my posts went through and not just kept spamming them.

  35. 0
    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I actually just sent him something as well. Not five minutes later, all i got in return was this:

    “First of all, I’m not the least bit interested in what a derelict gamer has to say about anything.  Do your homework.

     
    Secondly, there are multiple posts because of McCauley’s idiotic verification system which keeps indicating, falsely, rejection of posts that have been made.  That’s his problem, not mine.  There are complaints by others about it.  I am surprised you can’t read.  Don’t bother me further. Get a life.”
     
    He will never stop. He will never listen to ANYONE. I kept telling myself it’d be a waste of time to talk to him in any form or fashion, but i did it anyway, and look where it got me.
     
    I suggest to everyone here: just don’t e-mail him. Ever. He will never, EVER, give anything more of a response to you than this. Don’t waste your time, or his. He has ‘more important’ things to do.
  36. 0
    Anonymous says:

    What they were going for looks like a mental instability plea.

    I would think Jack already realized that, seeing as how he is an expert in such matters….

  37. 0
    tony selby ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I love how when a gamer tells him he’s played games his whole life and has never even thought about killing any one, that he’s a statistic of one and has no real bearing on society as a whole

    how ever, when his son goes and perchases a game without being age checked, it’s proof that all of bestbuy is selling this game without doing age checks

  38. 0
    Anonymous says:

    you should be glad that he saved you the trouble of going there and getting him the game yourself. consider yourself lucky that your son is able to buy his own games now. btw who gave him the money in the first place.

  39. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    He didn’t take it seriously. Oh, well. See “E-mail to Jack Thompson” for details.

    I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce “Jack” Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!

  40. 0
    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    ‘Ineligible,’ Mr. Thompson?

    Here’s something you can do to rectify that: LEARN TO READ.

    I did that all in capital letters to help you understand.

  41. 0
    Talouin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    There are multiple posts of the same item, above, because Dennis McCauley has a ridiculous verification system with letters and numbers that are illegible and which obviously gives back false messages that the item has not posted. That\’s his problem, not mine.

    Those letters are in a crazy moon language, however the comments section of an unrelated topic really isn’t the place to post this.  Isn’t there a folder filling up with John Bruce Thompson filings somewhere?  I’m pretty sure there is as you’re legally sanctioned at the moment.

  42. 0
    nightwng2000 says:

    (This only applies if this Anon and the previous Anon spammer is John Bruce.)

    Hey!  Anonymous Coward!  Register!  What-  You got something to hide-  You’re supposed to post all your personal info:  Name, address, phone number, and everything else a phiser would love to have.  So said John Bruce “Jack” Thompson! 

    What a loser coward you are, ya knuckleheaded bum!

    (Oh, that actually felt pretty good.   )

    Nightwng2000

    NW2K Software

    Nightwng2000 has also updated his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group “Parents For Education, Not Legislation” on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

  43. 0
    Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    There are multiple posts of the same item, above, because Dennis McCauley has a ridiculous verification system with letters and numbers that are illegible and which obviously gives back false messages that the item has not posted. That\’s his problem, not mine.

  44. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    *looks at the phone number* Six-six-six? I KNEW IT!!! He is from Down Below!

    I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce “Jack” Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!

  45. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Thank you for providing the e-mail. I have sent an e-mail to Jack. The very same e-mail I posted in a J.T. topic some weeks ago. Here is to the hopes he takes it seriously. *raises a wine glass*

    I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce “Jack” Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!

  46. 0
    Talouin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Signed, John B. Thompson

    Where’s the real unsactioned lawyer’s signature-

    a lawyer in continuous good standing with The Florida Bar for thirty-one years … I SOLEMNLY SWEAR, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT ALL OF THE FOREGOING FACTS ARE TRUE, CORRECT, AND COMPLETE, SO HELP ME GOD

    I believe this constitutes perjury.  You’re no longer in good standing as you’ve been legally SANCTIONED.  See, I can type in caps lock too.

     

  47. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Very funny, Jack. I’m starting to wonder when you’re finally going to realize that no one gives two shits about such things. Either way, I cannot and will not stop haunting your dreams, though you may never remember them, until your little crusade is over beyond the point where it can never be brought back from being over. And, I guess I can play with my food a little bit before I eat it, so I’ll say the below to go with your little thing.

    I SOLEMNLY SWEAR, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT ALL OF THE FOREGOING FACTS ARE TRUE, CORRECT, AND COMPLETE, SO HELP ME GOD.

    Signed, Shadow D. Darkman, May 15, 2008

    I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce “Jack” Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!

  48. 0
    Dog Welder says:

    For those doubting whether or not that’s Jack, it is.  He posted the same foolishness over at JAABLOG.

    Also, Dennis, I understand the need for the CAPTCHA anti-spam code, but some of those letters aren’t recognizable as any language.

  49. 0
    Freyar says:

    and get the ECA to fix the forums while you poke ’em. You can’t register without that stupid charater thing and no text characters are showing up on those backgrounds. ><

    —-
    There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians.

  50. 0
    Dog Welder says:

        Dennis,

    It looks like the spam filter needs some work.  You-know-who is back with his nonsense and he apparently still hasn’t learned how to work a computer.

  51. 0
    Aliasalpha says:

    Nah shakey’s stories have always been about the one man at the centre of everything, an MMO would be against the whole spirit of the thing. Using his name on an MMO would be about as insulting as using “Rainbow Six” in the title of Vegas 2

     

    Use the login/register link on the top right, captcha is mercifully disabled when you’re registered

  52. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Blah blah crud about my flawed and not-legal stings blah blah


    I SOLEMNLY SWEAR, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT ALL OF THE FOREGOING FACTS ARE TRUE, CORRECT, AND COMPLETE, SO HELP ME GOD.

    Jack “Anonymous” Thompson

    I loled!  Asumming this isn’t a troll, too bad the captcha didn’t keep him out(or maybe that is why he kept spamming it)….

  53. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Any shakespearean games?

    Now that I think of it, I thought I saw something in/on Wired about a MMORPG some college professor made, but I assumed it was a April Fools joke…

    Speaking of “jokes,” the new comment system is really buggy like with the returns/enters.  Sometimes it acts like I entered 2-4 extras when I only did 1 return.

    OK, the CAPTCHA is EQUALLY as annoying and fustrating as rapidshare.

  54. 0
    Anonymous says:

    I thought it was someone just reposting his recent stupidity(for example, didn’t someone bring up that his son is now 17?).  I mean, why would such a self respecting lawyer spend his early morning to post on a no-name blog as an Anonymous-Coward type person…..

    get rid of that stupid CAPTCHA crap

    At least it isn’t rapidshare, but I do find the caps bit is the most annoying part of this one(G or a 6? O or a 0?  WTF, is that a small c… ETC.)  And a refresh/reload would be nice.

  55. 0
    Freyar says:

    The above poster is awarded 1 internets. Please be sure to fill out this affadavit, and send a pint of blood for identity confirmation.

    —-
    There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians.

  56. 0
    Aliasalpha says:

    Well there’s biblical games. Therefore games were responsible. Therefore GTA4 is for kids & must be banned.

    Any shakespearean games? An RPG of Othello would be awesome, you have to manipulate everyone into killing each other without being busted yourself.

     

  57. 0
    Anonymous says:

    My only
    question is how certain people would react if he had read something before
    doing the killings, like the works of Shakespeare or the bible?

  58. 0
    Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    VERIFIED/SWORN STATEMENT OF
    JOHN B. THOMPSON

    My name is John B. Thompson. I am a resident of Miami-Dade County, Florida, a citizen of the United States, more than eighteen years of age, a lawyer in continuous good standing with The Florida Bar for thirty-one years, an officer of the court, and bound and mandated by state and federal misprision of felony statutes to report any crimes of which I am aware.

    At approximately five o’clock p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2008, my son, who is fifteen years of age, purchased by himself, with no parent or guardian in sight, a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV rated “Mature” by the Entertainment Software Rating Board at Best Buy Store #557 at Dadeland Station in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida. The point of sale cashier from whom he bought the game, “Iris,” asked for no age identification whatsoever from him. She sold it to him, no questions asked.

    This failure to verify the age of my son for this sale violates not only solemn promises made by the video game industry to do so, but it specifically violates Best Buy Chairman Brian Dunn’s streaming video/audio promise made to all Americans at http://www.bestbuy.com to strictly enforce the age ratings on games.

    Further, I sued Best Buy a few years ago because of its chronic refusal and failure to comply with the age ratings on games. As a result of that suit, Best Buy, in writing, agreed to henceforth age ID anyone appearing to be 21 years of age or under. It issued national press releases proclaiming its new strict policy. My son had been able to buy, on his own Grand Theft Auto: Vice City at the age of ten prior to this agreement. Since our solemn written agreement and since Best Buy’s new “policy,” my underage son has been able to buy three other “Mature” games at this very same Best Buy store.

    Formal findings by the United States Federal Trade Commission issued last week show that Best Buy is still not uniformly complying with its age verification promises. Elliot Kaplan, who was Best Buy’s record counsel in the aforementioned case is also a director on the national Board of Best Buy. Kaplan has been informed of each and every instance of Best Buy’s violation of its agreement with me and its promises made to American parents. He has obviously done nothing whatsoever effectual to get Best Buy, whose interests he “serves” to comply with its agreements and public promises in these regards. This is shocking, outrageous conduct by an officer of the court, Mr. Kaplan, and his conduct will be shared with the Minnesota and Florida Bars.

    I SOLEMNLY SWEAR, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT ALL OF THE FOREGOING FACTS ARE TRUE, CORRECT, AND COMPLETE, SO HELP ME GOD.

    Signed, John B. Thompson, May 12, 2008

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    Aliasalpha says:

    If this isn’t actually Thompson, and rather someone wishing to tarnish his reputation, then that is Thompson’s responsibility to find and deal with it, not mine.

    Don’t you mean if someone is trying to tarnish his reputation then they’re only wasting their time because he does it himself quite well?

     

  60. 0
    Freyar says:

    Register with the site and it isn’t a problem.

    —-
    There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians.

  61. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Immediate News Release – May 10, 2008

    Sting on Best Buy:
    15-Year-Old Buys Grand Theft Auto IV with No Parent in Sight and No Check of Age I.D.

    The last several weeks have seen more worldwide news coverage surrounding the April 29 release date of the Mature-rated, pornographic, hyper-violent Grand Theft Auto IV cop-killing video game than any other video game in history.

    Every single video game retailer in the world knows that this is the most controversial video game ever, and it should know the danger of selling this pornographic game which constitutes “sexual material harmful to minors” to anyone underage.

    Best Buy is currently being sued by Miami attorney and anti-violent/porn video game activist Jack Thompson for its chronic failure to enforce its video game age ID-checking “policy” Thompson sued Best Buy three years ago and compelled it by his suit to check age IDs of anyone appearing to be 21 years of age or younger in order to catch anyone under 17. Since then, Thompson has repeatedly proven that Best Buy does not enforce its “policy.” Despite this, Best Buy’s CEO, Brian Dunn, brazenly states at its corporate web site, BestBuy.com, that it strictly adheres to this policy.

    Bull.

    Today, Saturday, May 20, 2008, at 5:10 pm, a 15-year-old boy walked up to check-out register #6 at the Dadeland Store #557 Best Buy store and purchased, no questions asked, no age ID asked for, no parent in sight, a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV from “Iris.” Ten minutes later, “Customer Experience Manager” Camy Gomez was informed that his store, once again, had broken its solemn promise to American parents to strictly enforce its video game purchase age ID “policy.” Quite the “Customer Experience.” Mr. Gomez said that “Iris” would be reprimanded. Mr. Gomez was informed that GameStop fires, on the spot, any clerk violating its age ID policy. The store manager is fired instantly as well. Mr. Gomez looked worried. He should. Affidavits are being prepared this moment.

    The greatest lie told today in the American retail industry is the lie that video game retailers are uniformly checking age IDs of kids buying “Mature-rated” video games.

    This sting today is hugely useful to Jack Thompson in his suit against Best Buy. It is beyond disastrous for the video game industry, especially Take-Two Interactive Software. Thompson met one year ago this week with Take-Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick and begged him to stop marketing and selling his company’s “Mature” games to underage kids. Thompson told him that all Take-Two had to do to get legislators and family groups off his back was to tell retailers caught selling Take-Two’s “Mature” games to kids that product would be withheld from the offending retailers. Zelnick laughed and said he would sell his “fine art” to whomever he wanted to sellit, citing his previous leadership in the music business of marketing and selling raunchy rap music to other parents’ kids.

    Prediction: Mr. Zelnick, along with his company, will eventually be convicted of interstate trafficking in pornography to minors. This sting today is simply the latest nail in this scofflaw company’s coffin.

    Contact Jack Thompson for more information at 305-666-4366, amendmentone@comcast.net.

  62. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    I see the Metropolitian Moron of Miami has been busy this morning by spamming his bulls***.

    Jacky Boy, your “sting” is invalid as you are not a law enforcement officer.

    Practice what you preach, jabroni: Grow up and get a life.

    Dennis, get rid of that stupid CAPTCHA crap. Half the time you can’t tell what the letters or numbers are.

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    Aliasalpha says:

    You of ALL people should recognise Chronic Failure, just look at your legal record.

    Put your enthusiasm for your cause to practical use, join the ESA and try to influence the system from within. Direct them towards a more vocal and educational standpoint to tell parents about these issues because it is THAT which is the true defining factor in the raising of a child. All your vitriol & certain to fail legal challenges only make people ignore the good parts of what you say

    .

  64. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    I see the Metropolitian Moron of Miami has been busy this morning by spamming his bulls***.

    Jacky Boy, your “sting” is invalid as you are not a law enforcement officer.

    Practice what you preach, jabroni: Grow up and get a life.

  65. 0
    Freyar says:

    Silly Thompson posts a silly wall-o-text.

    What does this have to do exactly with this story? You keep saying that video games are the cause for these types of crimes when there is already another backstory here. A “troubled childhood”? Is it too important to blame video games than to realize that (with the most likely scenario) the troubled childhood came first, and then the parents failed in their duty by allowing a troubled kid to play this game? Granted the article doesn’t state whether or not the parents bought this (now adult) game for him, or whether he bought it and played it without their knowledge. However, at the same time let’s consider the fact that GTA has not had a portion of the game where the player needs to saw someone’s neck with a knife while asleep, or something similar. If anything, the closest game to come to that description would be the True Crime series, the main difference being you play as a police officer instead of a criminal. (Granted I prefer playing as an officer.)

    Your goals may be admirable (after all, I don’t mind protecting kids from content they shouldn’t see, but that’s up to a parent to decide), but your actions completely undermine everything you try to do because you redicule and marginalize the people that ultimately descide the game industry’s fate.

    *Note: If this isn’t actually Thompson, and rather someone wishing to tarnish his reputation, then that is Thompson’s responsibility to find and deal with it, not mine.

    —-
    There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians.

  66. 0
    Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    VERIFIED/SWORN STATEMENT OF
    JOHN B. THOMPSON

    My name is John B. Thompson. I am a resident of Miami-Dade County, Florida, a citizen of the United States, more than eighteen years of age, a lawyer in continuous good standing with The Florida Bar for thirty-one years, an officer of the court, and bound and mandated by state and federal misprision of felony statutes to report any crimes of which I am aware.

    At approximately five o’clock p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2008, my son, who is fifteen years of age, purchased by himself, with no parent or guardian in sight, a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV rated “Mature” by the Entertainment Software Rating Board at Best Buy Store #557 at Dadeland Station in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida. The point of sale cashier from whom he bought the game, “Iris,” asked for no age identification whatsoever from him. She sold it to him, no questions asked.

    This failure to verify the age of my son for this sale violates not only solemn promises made by the video game industry to do so, but it specifically violates Best Buy Chairman Brian Dunn’s streaming video/audio promise made to all Americans at http://www.bestbuy.com to strictly enforce the age ratings on games.

    Further, I sued Best Buy a few years ago because of its chronic refusal and failure to comply with the age ratings on games. As a result of that suit, Best Buy, in writing, agreed to henceforth age ID anyone appearing to be 21 years of age or under. It issued national press releases proclaiming its new strict policy. My son had been able to buy, on his own Grand Theft Auto: Vice City at the age of ten prior to this agreement. Since our solemn written agreement and since Best Buy’s new “policy,” my underage son has been able to buy three other “Mature” games at this very same Best Buy store.

    Formal findings by the United States Federal Trade Commission issued last week show that Best Buy is still not uniformly complying with its age verification promises. Elliot Kaplan, who was Best Buy’s record counsel in the aforementioned case is also a director on the national Board of Best Buy. Kaplan has been informed of each and every instance of Best Buy’s violation of its agreement with me and its promises made to American parents. He has obviously done nothing whatsoever effectual to get Best Buy, whose interests he “serves” to comply with its agreements and public promises in these regards. This is shocking, outrageous conduct by an officer of the court, Mr. Kaplan, and his conduct will be shared with the Minnesota and Florida Bars.

    I SOLEMNLY SWEAR, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT ALL OF THE FOREGOING FACTS ARE TRUE, CORRECT, AND COMPLETE, SO HELP ME GOD.

    Signed, John B. Thompson, May 12, 2008

  67. 0
    Anonymous says:

    VERIFIED/SWORN STATEMENT OF
    JOHN B. THOMPSON

    My name is John B. Thompson. I am a resident of Miami-Dade County, Florida, a citizen of the United States, more than eighteen years of age, a lawyer in continuous good standing with The Florida Bar for thirty-one years, an officer of the court, and bound and mandated by state and federal misprision of felony statutes to report any crimes of which I am aware.

    At approximately five o’clock p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2008, my son, who is fifteen years of age, purchased by himself, with no parent or guardian in sight, a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV rated “Mature” by the Entertainment Software Rating Board at Best Buy Store #557 at Dadeland Station in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida. The point of sale cashier from whom he bought the game, “Iris,” asked for no age identification whatsoever from him. She sold it to him, no questions asked.

    This failure to verify the age of my son for this sale violates not only solemn promises made by the video game industry to do so, but it specifically violates Best Buy Chairman Brian Dunn’s streaming video/audio promise made to all Americans at http://www.bestbuy.com to strictly enforce the age ratings on games.

    Further, I sued Best Buy a few years ago because of its chronic refusal and failure to comply with the age ratings on games. As a result of that suit, Best Buy, in writing, agreed to henceforth age ID anyone appearing to be 21 years of age or under. It issued national press releases proclaiming its new strict policy. My son had been able to buy, on his own Grand Theft Auto: Vice City at the age of ten prior to this agreement. Since our solemn written agreement and since Best Buy’s new “policy,” my underage son has been able to buy three other “Mature” games at this very same Best Buy store.

    Formal findings by the United States Federal Trade Commission issued last week show that Best Buy is still not uniformly complying with its age verification promises. Elliot Kaplan, who was Best Buy’s record counsel in the aforementioned case is also a director on the national Board of Best Buy. Kaplan has been informed of each and every instance of Best Buy’s violation of its agreement with me and its promises made to American parents. He has obviously done nothing whatsoever effectual to get Best Buy, whose interests he “serves” to comply with its agreements and public promises in these regards. This is shocking, outrageous conduct by an officer of the court, Mr. Kaplan, and his conduct will be shared with the Minnesota and Florida Bars.

    I SOLEMNLY SWEAR, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT ALL OF THE FOREGOING FACTS ARE TRUE, CORRECT, AND COMPLETE, SO HELP ME GOD.

    Signed, John B. Thompson, May 12, 2008

  68. 0
    Anonymous says:

    VERIFIED/SWORN STATEMENT OF
    JOHN B. THOMPSON

    My name is John B. Thompson. I am a resident of Miami-Dade County, Florida, a citizen of the United States, more than eighteen years of age, a lawyer in continuous good standing with The Florida Bar for thirty-one years, an officer of the court, and bound and mandated by state and federal misprision of felony statutes to report any crimes of which I am aware.

    At approximately five o’clock p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2008, my son, who is fifteen years of age, purchased by himself, with no parent or guardian in sight, a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV rated “Mature” by the Entertainment Software Rating Board at Best Buy Store #557 at Dadeland Station in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida. The point of sale cashier from whom he bought the game, “Iris,” asked for no age identification whatsoever from him. She sold it to him, no questions asked.

    This failure to verify the age of my son for this sale violates not only solemn promises made by the video game industry to do so, but it specifically violates Best Buy Chairman Brian Dunn’s streaming video/audio promise made to all Americans at http://www.bestbuy.com to strictly enforce the age ratings on games.

    Further, I sued Best Buy a few years ago because of its chronic refusal and failure to comply with the age ratings on games. As a result of that suit, Best Buy, in writing, agreed to henceforth age ID anyone appearing to be 21 years of age or under. It issued national press releases proclaiming its new strict policy. My son had been able to buy, on his own Grand Theft Auto: Vice City at the age of ten prior to this agreement. Since our solemn written agreement and since Best Buy’s new “policy,” my underage son has been able to buy three other “Mature” games at this very same Best Buy store.

    Formal findings by the United States Federal Trade Commission issued last week show that Best Buy is still not uniformly complying with its age verification promises. Elliot Kaplan, who was Best Buy’s record counsel in the aforementioned case is also a director on the national Board of Best Buy. Kaplan has been informed of each and every instance of Best Buy’s violation of its agreement with me and its promises made to American parents. He has obviously done nothing whatsoever effectual to get Best Buy, whose interests he “serves” to comply with its agreements and public promises in these regards. This is shocking, outrageous conduct by an officer of the court, Mr. Kaplan, and his conduct will be shared with the Minnesota and Florida Bars.

    I SOLEMNLY SWEAR, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT ALL OF THE FOREGOING FACTS ARE TRUE, CORRECT, AND COMPLETE, SO HELP ME GOD.

    Signed, John B. Thompson, May 12, 2008

  69. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Immediate News Release – May 10, 2008

    Sting on Best Buy:
    15-Year-Old Buys Grand Theft Auto IV with No Parent in Sight and No Check of Age I.D.

    The last several weeks have seen more worldwide news coverage surrounding the April 29 release date of the Mature-rated, pornographic, hyper-violent Grand Theft Auto IV cop-killing video game than any other video game in history.

    Every single video game retailer in the world knows that this is the most controversial video game ever, and it should know the danger of selling this pornographic game which constitutes “sexual material harmful to minors” to anyone underage.

    Best Buy is currently being sued by Miami attorney and anti-violent/porn video game activist Jack Thompson for its chronic failure to enforce its video game age ID-checking “policy” Thompson sued Best Buy three years ago and compelled it by his suit to check age IDs of anyone appearing to be 21 years of age or younger in order to catch anyone under 17. Since then, Thompson has repeatedly proven that Best Buy does not enforce its “policy.” Despite this, Best Buy’s CEO, Brian Dunn, brazenly states at its corporate web site, BestBuy.com, that it strictly adheres to this policy.

    Bull.

    Today, Saturday, May 20, 2008, at 5:10 pm, a 15-year-old boy walked up to check-out register #6 at the Dadeland Store #557 Best Buy store and purchased, no questions asked, no age ID asked for, no parent in sight, a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV from “Iris.” Ten minutes later, “Customer Experience Manager” Camy Gomez was informed that his store, once again, had broken its solemn promise to American parents to strictly enforce its video game purchase age ID “policy.” Quite the “Customer Experience.” Mr. Gomez said that “Iris” would be reprimanded. Mr. Gomez was informed that GameStop fires, on the spot, any clerk violating its age ID policy. The store manager is fired instantly as well. Mr. Gomez looked worried. He should. Affidavits are being prepared this moment.

    The greatest lie told today in the American retail industry is the lie that video game retailers are uniformly checking age IDs of kids buying “Mature-rated” video games.

    This sting today is hugely useful to Jack Thompson in his suit against Best Buy. It is beyond disastrous for the video game industry, especially Take-Two Interactive Software. Thompson met one year ago this week with Take-Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick and begged him to stop marketing and selling his company’s “Mature” games to underage kids. Thompson told him that all Take-Two had to do to get legislators and family groups off his back was to tell retailers caught selling Take-Two’s “Mature” games to kids that product would be withheld from the offending retailers. Zelnick laughed and said he would sell his “fine art” to whomever he wanted to sellit, citing his previous leadership in the music business of marketing and selling raunchy rap music to other parents’ kids.

    Prediction: Mr. Zelnick, along with his company, will eventually be convicted of interstate trafficking in pornography to minors. This sting today is simply the latest nail in this scofflaw company’s coffin.

    Contact Jack Thompson for more information at 305-666-4366, amendmentone@comcast.net.

  70. 0
    Guillaume says:

    Nobody has said yet that if the victim did not have a handgun in his bedside table, they would both still be alive, seeing how the guy handled the plastic-knife. But yes, makes more sense to blame the videogame, sure.

  71. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    HAHA! DUDE! That’s funny as hell.

     

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  72. 0
    Aliasalpha says:

    Maybe his modem comitted suicide after learning it was an accessory to email server/fax machine murder. It was that or go on a thelma & louise style cross country chase with his coffee machine.

     

    Ahh I just noticed no captcha today! Good news indeed, thanks.

  73. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Anywho, where the hell IS Jack Thompson? First he doesn’t claim fame for the site crash that led to this new design, then he doesn’t show up to the party when everything get’s remodeled, and now this…I’m starting to feel a little lonely without Jack to poke fun at. I hope Dennis didn’t ban him…he was like…the funniest thing here.

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  74. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    To have sigs you must have a gamepolitics account(Upper right side of page, right under ECA ad)Upon comleting an account you have the option of adding a signature which will appear at the end of each post. You can change your sig at any time.

     

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  75. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    I’m just glad that this is one of the only game blame stories we’re hearing, what with all the shit on the news, the Youtube beating, those teenage girls blowing up that house resulting in a man dying…It’s good that this is all we’re getting.

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  76. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Uh huh. Very nice.

    I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce “Jack” Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!

  77. 0

    It does sound like he has some mental problems. He didn’t seem to think too logically by using a plastic knife on someones neck. An amoral  personality, with a touch of narcisism maybe{or something that involves caring only ones self when it benifits him}? It’s probably not enough for us outsiders to diagnoise him anyway, other then he has a few screws loose.

  78. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    I zazzed up my sig. DIGGIN’ IT?

     

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  79. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Whoa, chill, man! I’m just a bit creative. THAT IS NOT INTENDED TO BE HYPOCRITICAL!!! And thanks for the compliment on my sig!

    I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce “Jack” Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!

  80. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Oh for God’s ske just play a damn videogame! Lording your kickass signature over mine!-PRIME (edited to explain first sentence)

  81. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Anything is possible, but you cannot eliminate that possibility.

    I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce “Jack” Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!

  82. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Hmm… Maybe I did. As for who did, I figured only Dennis could delete posts. Sorry if that hurt anyone’s feelings.

    Now, LOOK AT MY SIGNATURE!!!

    I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce “Jack” Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!

  83. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Anywho, I blame Jack Thompson and the sensationalist news for giving these people the stupid idea that they can get away with murder if they blame videogames. Good job giving them an excuse.-PRIME

  84. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    I did an edit test that got marked as SPAM because I was typing random letters and whatnot to test it. Did you get a SPAM flag?-PRIME

  85. 0
    Shadow Darkman, Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    My comment about JT coming on here and saying his random BS is gone! Dennis, did you do something?

  86. 0
    Freyar says:

    It’s a bull**** defense. He had a troubled childhood as well, and I love how it’s being ignored by you, or any other anti-video game activist (or zealot).

  87. 0
    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Thank you, Mr. Thompson, for giving criminals a scapegoat to be let back into society, free to murder even more people.

    I hope you’re happy.

  88. 0
    Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE – MAY 15, 2008

    VIDEO GAME DEFENSE HELPS SAVE NORTH CAROLINA KILLER FROM DEATH PENALTY

    Today a North Carolina jury today sentenced a 22-year-old murderer to life in prison rather than imposing the death penalty. http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=294067

    Part of Stitt’s defense was his obsessive play of the Grand Theft Auto video games, and it worked. It was put before the jury in a very clever fashion, and it worked:
    http://news.spong.com/article/15391/Murderer_Tries_GTA_Mitigation_to_Avoid_Execution?cb=579

    Miami attorney and anti-video game activist was on CBS’ 60 Minutes three years ago asserting that this particular game franchise, Grand Theft Auto, has figured in many other murders, including the deaths of three Alabama policemen. See this 60 Minutes story with Thompson at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/04/60minutes/main678261.shtml

    Thompson was right then, and the sentence in North Carolina proves it. Increasingly, the criminal defense bar will be using the “video game defense” because of the video game industry’s aggressive and illicit marketing of adult games to minors.

    Contact Jack Thompson for more information at 305-666-4366 or amendmentone@comcast.net.

  89. 0
    digipen89 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Since Mr. Thompson is already giving out press releases let me just remind that, from the original article:

    Artigues, who met with Stitt in December and January, did not
    suggest that there was a connection between the video game and the
    murders.

    In her testimony Tuesday, Artigues said Stitt seems at times to live
    in a fantasy world and she wasn’t even sure that the version of the
    murders he described to her was the truth. He told a different story —
    in which Grand Theft Auto wasn’t mentioned — to his girlfriend,
    according to earlier testimony.

  90. 0
    Talouin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Even though you’re a lawyer, and I previously thought that reading skills were necessary for that, let me quote the above post.

     

    Just got off the phone with Paul Woolverton (the writer of the Observer article)

    Mr. Stitt got life in prison. GTA was only mentioned and not built into the defense. By the date of the murders it was San Andreas or earlier but Mr. Woolverton didn’t know which game it was exactly or which system he played or if he played other violent games.

    From speaking with Mr. Woolverton, Mr. Stitt had a troubled past. Having his first sexual encounter at age 9. His mother made him steal for her. He was very possessive of people and hated the woman that he murdered. The knife was a steel knife (in reference to a comment earlier about a plastice knife). The handle, from what I understand, was what broke off the knife, not the knife itself that broke.

    There was no video game defense Mr. Thompson.  I challenge you to point out a video game defense.  What they were going for looks like a mental instability plea.

  91. 0
    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Says you, who takes sole responsibilty for everything.

    Mr. Thompson, please. Why do you care so much about some random blog that no one outside of internet-goers care about?

  92. 0
    Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Well, guess what, children? Stitt got the minimum sentence–life without parole, and was spared the death penalty. The video game defense worked. Love it.

    Jack Thompson

  93. 0
    digipen89 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Just got off the phone with Paul Woolverton (the writer of the Observer article)

    Mr. Stitt got life in prison. GTA was only mentioned and not built into the defense. By the date of the murders it was San Andreas or earlier but Mr. Woolverton didn’t know which game it was exactly or which system he played or if he played other violent games.

    From speaking with Mr. Woolverton, Mr. Stitt had a troubled past. Having his first sexual encounter at age 9. His mother made him steal for her. He was very possessive of people and hated the woman that he murdered. The knife was a steel knife (in reference to a comment earlier about a plastice knife). The handle, from what I understand, was what broke off the knife, not the knife itself that broke.

  94. 0
    Benji ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    For some reason he likes to do stings with rockstar’s games, as if it’s somehow their fault that a random Best Buy employee isn’t following the ESRB.

    Best Buy says it’ll enforce the policy, so yeah, they are in the wrong and reprimanding the employee may well be necessary. But JT, dude, seriously, lighten up. This doesn’t do anything but show that one person at Best Buy made a mistake, and you’re making it sound like it’s a signal of the second coming of Christ, who will with a wave of his hands reduce all Best Buys to rubble and build churches or something over them. You’re welcome to whine to the manager, but the last FTC statistics show that the ESRB has better enforcement than MPAA and RIAA ratings – so this probably isn’t a deep conspiracy to let Best Buy skirt the ratings enforcement process.

  95. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Sent an e-mail to JT. Expected civility, and was disappointed, though not surprised. I tried to show his reply, but got spam-flagged.

    I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce “Jack” Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!

  96. 0
    Jeff says:

    I sitting here wondering what video game Charles Manson played before his murders? How about Ted Bundy or the Green River killer? I guess they must have been some kind of violent “board games”!

  97. 0
    sandra says:

    this is really sad but he had a horrible child life, i mean his parents didnt want anythin 2 do with him, i knew him when he was younger n i dont think he did it.

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    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    If I were him I’d drop “GTA made me do it”and go with “troubled childhood”. At least that has a mild success rate as opposed to the big fat 0 displayed by the game blame. -PRIME

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    Grendal says:

    This is just as bad as the twinkie defense. I have no doubt that his childhood contributed and he likely has some serious mental issues but that isn’t going to result in hims losing his connection to reality because of an extended session with GTA. 

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    Mnementh2230 says:

    …by hitting it with a brick.

    I think he deserves death row for even THINKING about using this as a defense.  Little weasle bastard.

    *insert witty signature here*

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    Glen Haupt says:

    Hmmm, the killer had a troubled childhood, and played video games.  I wonder which was more likely to be the underlying cause: something that’s been proven to lead to violent behavior, or something that hasn’t.

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    jonc2006 says:

    be a man and take responsibility for your actions. dont be a coward and blame something that deep down you know has nothing to do with what you did.

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    Aliasalpha says:

    It’s clearly self defence, they’re terrified that the evil games will be so realistic that it’ll shatter their perceptions of reality

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    Captain Sensible ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Well of course it was the video game, and had absolutely nothing to do with his troubled childhood. 

    BAN THESE EVIL GAMES!

    And is it me, or do all the people who blame video games for murders look… well, dumb?

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    Aliasalpha says:

    I think the fantasy wold thing has been misinterpreted, the fantasy world this bloke lives in is the one where such a pissweak defence for premeditated multiple murder actually gets him released.

     

     

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    Arashi says:

    Sounds like the criminal is trying to blame his acts on something else, and the doctor was smart enough to see through that.  He may live in a “fantasy world,” but if he can understand the consequences of his actions, then he must be punished accordingly.

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    Aliasalpha says:

    Queue jack thompson in 3, 2, 1…

    Good to see the newspaper didn’t immediately link them and it was important to note that he told a different story to his girlfriend. Killers are frequently described as being in an altered state where they’re focussed on the job & nothing else. No matter what he did before or after, he murdered 2 people whilst they were asleep (or at least STARTED to kill them when one was asleep). If he does truly do well in so structured an environment as prison then it sounds like the best place for him.

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    Zerodash ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This defense is going to become more common for people looking to avoid longer prison terms or the death penalty.  I would probably do the same in his situation- regardless of the truth.

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    LightWarrior ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This seems more like a insainty claim here rather then a blame game….at 22 if he can’t really tell the difference. One could agrue anything violent would confuse this mentally troubled person.

     

    Sadly an extremely troubled childhood would go un-noticed to the politians.

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