Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
October 20, 2019
arrowPress Releases







If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


New Thompson Suit Blames  GTA  For 2004 Murder

New Thompson Suit Blames GTA For 2004 Murder

September 26, 2006 | By Brandon Boyer

September 26, 2006 | By Brandon Boyer
Comments
    Post A Comment
More: Console/PC



Infamous Florida-based lawyer and anti-gaming crusader Jack Thompson has returned with a new wrongful death suit in the trial of Albuquerque teen Cody Posey, citing Sony, Rockstar and publisher Take-Two as defendants in the case.

Posey was charged in 2004 for the murders of his father, step-mother and 13 year old step-sister at a New Mexico ranch, after an alleged long history of parental physical and sexual abuse. He was convicted of first degree murder in February of this year and has since been serving a juvenile sentence.

According to reports by the Albuquerque Tribune, the new 68-page $600 million countersuit, filed today by Thompson on behalf of the remaining members of the Posey family, names Posey, Rockstar, Sony, and Take-Two as defendants, claiming Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: Vice City gave the teen simulated weapons training and made him an "extraordinarily effective" killer, adding, "Posey essentially practiced how to kill on this game. If it wasn't for Grand Theft Auto, three people might not now be dead."

The tactics are strikingly similar to the Alabama case Thompson took on late in 2005, which blamed Sony, Take-Two and retailer Wal-Mart for contributing to the murders of Fayetteville police officers by Devin Moore, said to have been 'trained' by Grand Theft Auto III.

In that case, Thompson's involvement in the trial was soon derailed when defense attorneys filed a motion to have him removed from the case, on the grounds that his multiple press releases attacking the defense attorneys was against court decorum and in violation of legal ethics. Thompson removed himself from the case soon afterward, and presiding Judge Moore ordered the circuit clerk to notify the state bar association that Thompson's temporary Alabama law license would be revoked. In March of this year, the state Supreme Court rejected the game industry's appeal, but have granted the right to hear the industry's claims that the Alabama courts do not have the power to hear the case.


Related Jobs

Bit Fry Game Studios, Inc.
Bit Fry Game Studios, Inc. — Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
[10.19.19]

Gameplay Engineer
Bit Fry Game Studios, Inc.
Bit Fry Game Studios, Inc. — Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
[10.19.19]

Game Network Engineer
Bit Fry Game Studios, Inc.
Bit Fry Game Studios, Inc. — Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
[10.19.19]

Backend Engineer
Bit Fry Game Studios, Inc.
Bit Fry Game Studios, Inc. — Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
[10.19.19]

Game Client Engineer









Loading Comments

loader image