Jack Thompson: Hopefully Disbarred
Great news for gamers and speech advocates. A judge in the Alabama court case is deciding on whether or not to revoke Jack Thompson's license to practice law, as well as removing him from the case. The court case revolves around a kid who killed two police officers, and a dispatcher. The lawsuit is against: Sony, Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar, Wal-Mart, and GameStop in which Thompson claims, "Grand Theft Auto trained the kid to become a killer.
Source : GamesIndustry.biz
"When Judge Moore asked Thompson to justify some of the statements made in his press releases, he replied: "I'm not pretending I'm not a nice guy. I'm not pretending I don't have a temper."
"Judge Moore has taken the motion to revoke Thompson's license under advisement, and is also considering a motion to have the entire suit dismissed on the grounds that the First Amendment, which provides for freedom of speech, applies to videogames. The defendants' lawyers also claim that Devin Moore's actions could not have been foreseen."
Lets all hope that our little Jacky Boy gets his licensed Disbarred, because lets face it, among gamers alike we all hate Jack Thompson efforts to remove free speech and creativity in our games today. It is not up to the developers to manage content of their game, but rather the distributors, and most importantly the parents. Parents do us all a favor, actally be parents and see what the heck your 12 year old is doing?