An attorney not named Jack Thompson has loaned credence to the use of the video games made me do it defense.
Writing for the Palm Beach Post, Terry Bosky dishes on the increasingly familiar defense tactic of blaming violent behavior of video games. Illinois attorney James Waller told Boesky:
The goal of the ‘video games’ defense is to both shift blame and to explain to a judge and jury why this good kid is suddenly acting like a terrorist. Portraying your client as the victim of outside forces… humanizes the client and shifts the culpability… my job is to present ANY theory to a jury that would explain why my client did the things he did…
[The games made me do it defense works on] an unsophisticated, typically older, somewhat more rural jury pool or judge. To an extent, the defendant is playing on the prejudices that these members of society already have towards video games…
The manufacturers do everything they can to make sure that [the games] are a household name… Restricting supply to create buzz, sensationalizing their own violence to the media, doing idiotic things like leaving the “Hot Coffee” code in the game…the jury knows that a lot of kids today are playing this Grand Theft Auto game and that it’s very violent or adult before we even walk into the courtroom.
Law Prof. Ashley Lipson agreed:
A good defense lawyer will blame everyone in sight, except of course the client – When he or she runs out of people to blame – it’s time to look around for objects. What could be better than a popular videogame?