More on Devin Moore’s appeal

MooreÂ?s appeal keys on racial makeup of jury:

Like I predicted, not that it was that hard of a prediction, Devin Moore’s attorneys are not only using the GTA defense but they’re also playing the race card.

Moore was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in the June 7, 2003, shootings of officers Arnold Strickland and James Crump and 9-11 dispatcher Leslie Â?Ace” Mealer at the Fayette Police Department.

Angela L. Setzer, his appellate lawyer from the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, told Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals judges that Moore didnÂ?t get a fair trial because the judge had disallowed expert testimony and the prosecutor improperly removed black jurors. She also charges that Fayette County District Attorney Chris McCool inflamed the all-white jury by comparing the crime to FayetteÂ?s own Â?9-11″ terrorist attack.

Moore, 22, is black and his victims were white.

He had just turned 18 and was about to be fingerprinted for car-theft charges when he grabbed StricklandÂ?s .40-caliber automatic pistol and shot his three victims before escaping. Moore also tried to shoot out the glass on the police station door so he could re-enter to retrieve his brand-new, $85 K-Swiss sneakers.

Let me enlighten some people. This was never about race. This was about Devin Moore’s car stealing then subsequent murder of two cops and a dispatcher.

Would an all black jury bring those people back to life or go back in time and stop Moore from killing anybody? No. Then this appeal has no legs.

Moore is a cop killer and he deserves to die.

Link via GamePolitics.

GTA Killer appeals conviction

Appeals court to hear Moore case:

Devin Moore, aka the GTA Killer, is appealing his conviction in the murders of two Alabama police officers and a dispatcher. When he was arrested Moore said Â?Life is a video game. Everybody has to die sometime.”

Of course during his trial The One Who Shall Not Be Named got involved and claimed that Moore’s violence was caused by the infamous Grand Theft Auto video game. The Nameless One went as far as to file lawsuits against the game manufacturer and the game retailer.

The video game defense wasn’t even allowed into Moore’s trial. Moore was convicted and sentenced to death.

Now Moore and his attorneys are appealing his conviction using the video game argument again…

Moore, now 22, claimed the video game Â?Grand Theft Auto” and childhood abuse influenced his decision-making. His theory was rejected and the video game defense was disallowed during trial. He was convicted on Aug. 9, 2005, and later sentenced to death.

MooreÂ?s attorney, James Standridge, had said that his client suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Standridge argued that when Moore was in a Â?dissociative state” he automatically reverted to scripted behavior influenced by his repetitive video game exposure and childhood abuse.

If the video game defense wasn’t even allowed into the trial what makes them think it will work in the appeal. If this actually works then there is no justice anymore.

Link via Game Politics.

Devin Moore Sentenced to Death

Man Gets Death for Killing Three in Ala.:

Devin Moore, the 18-year-old who was convicted for killing two police officers and a dispatcher, was sentenced to death. If you remember Moore’s attorneys tried blaming his actions on Grand Theft Auto. But the defense attorneys are already looking to appeal on the grounds that the video game “evidence” was excluded and the fact that the jury was all white while Moore is black. 🙄 An all plaid jury would have convicted him. He killed three cops. He deserves to die.

Take that Jack Thompson.

Death Recommended for Devin Moore

Jury recommends death for Alabama man convicted in cop killings:

The death sentence has been recommended by an Alabama jury for Devin Moore, the so-called “GTA Killer” who killed two officers and a radio dispatcher at the Fayette police station in June 2003. For those of you who may not remember defense attorneys tried blaming Moore’s obsessive playing of the video game Grand Theft Auto on the killings. Luckily he was convicted of the killings. The final decision on sentencing is up to the judge and is scheduled for September 30th. Hopefully, Alabama will live up to its reputation and execute this piece of human filth. And what do you know, Alabama still has the electric chair.

Cop Killer Convicted

Video Game Player Guilty in Ala. Slaying:

I originally told you about this story back in February about Devin Moore. He’s the 18-year-old kid who shot and killed three police officers and when he was arrested he said: “Life is a video game; everybody has to die sometime.” Of course, the games in question were GTA games. Which in turn prompted a lawsuit against Rockstar Games by Moore’s family prompted by everyone’s favorite assclown Jack Thompson.

Anyway, Devin Moore was convicted of capital murder. That means he’s eligible for the death penalty. In Alabama that’s a very likely possibility.

TOF to CB.

GTA: Grand Theft Assclown IV

Lawsuit: ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Led Teen to Kill:

This one actually was in the news last week but I forgot about until today. More on that later. Anyway, our favorite ambulance chaser, not John Edwards, is at it again. “Attorney” Jack Thompson is once again blaming the woes of society on one particular series of video games. He’s filed a lawsuit in Alabama against the game’s manufacturers and two stores that allegedly sold the games to an underage person. The person in question is Devin Moore who shot two police officers and a dispatcher to death after being brought to the Fayette police station on suspicion of driving a stolen car. Of course the video game series in question is the Grand Theft Auto series…

The suit alleges Moore purchased “Grand Theft Auto III” at the Gamestop in Jasper and “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” at the Jasper Wal-Mart when he was under 17. The games, which depict police killings and other acts of violence, are rated M, meaning they are appropriate for those 17 or older.

Named in the suit are Wal-Mart Stores (search) and Gamestop along with Take-Two Interactive Software, the manufacturer of the games, and Sony Computer Entertainment, the maker of the PlayStation 2.

Why did Thompson file the suit this time?

At a December hearing, authorities said Devin Moore, when he was apprehended, told officers,”Life is a video game. You’ve got to die sometime.”

And check out Thompson’s great reasoning for filing the suit..

“What has happened in Alabama is that four companies participated in the training of Devin … to kill three men,” attorney Jack Thompson told The Tuscaloosa News, which reported the suit’s filing.

Granted that Wal-Mart and Gamestop should not have been selling these games to an underaged kid but why were the parents allowing it into the house? My main point is though is that everyone is responsible for their own actions. This assclown Jack Thompson wants you to think that you’re not responsible for anything. These kids that kill who have happened to have played a violent video game are screwed up in the head in the first place. My guess is Jack Thompson is looking for an angle since he missed out on the McDonald’s hot coffee settlement. Either that or he’s just jealous he can’t beat any of the games. Seriously, what is this guy’s problem with video games?

What made me think of this again was this interview Jack Thompson did with CBSNews.com. I almost posted this under the Tin Foil Hat category because of some of the things he says.

He calls Entertainment Software Association President Doug Lowenstein, the Joseph Goebbels of the video game industry. He infers that the increase in school violence is caused by video games. Claims he predicted Columbine 8 days before it happened. I’ll start you off with a quote from Mr. Thompson from the interview…

The heads of six major health care organizations testified before Congress that there are “hundreds” of studies that prove the link. All the video game industry has are studies paid for by them, which are geared to find the opposite result. Lawyers call such experts “whores.”

Pot, I have the kettle holding for you on line 2.

Read the interview to see what kind of nutjob this shyster really is. If it was up to him we’d blame everything from the war in Iraq to Paris Hilton’s Sidekick being hacked on Grand Theft Auto. This guy really needs to get a life.

UPDATE: The guys from Penny Arcade have their own take on sue happy attorneys.

Here’s another take on it from joystiq.com.