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Jack Thompson Disbarment Recommended

Today was that Florida Bar hearing for crusading attorney Jack Thompson: Florida Bar Wants Jack Thompson Disbarred For 10 Years; Thompson Storms Out of Hearing (thanks nin) has reportage on the hearing, and word on Kotaku is "The recommendation means Thompson would be disbarred and prohibited from applying to practice law again for ten years, according to 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida spokesperson Eunice Sigler." They also have the entirety of a motion filed by Thompson expressing his objections and vitriol over the whole affair.

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19. Re: ... Jun 4, 2008, 23:45 DrEvil
 
The stores and game companies are already eliminated from wrong doing as far as I'm concerned, which means laws about sale to minors are completely unnecessary. Whether it's playing video games, or playing outside, parents are responsible for the actions of their kids. They have a responsibility to be involved in the daily activities of their kids. There is no way that a parent that is involved will be unaware of what their kid is playing, unless they are just a useless parent and leave the kid locked in their room with their own tv and games and shit all day. There is no substitute for decent parenting.

IMO the biggest problems with many of these attempts to pass such a law is stuff like

1) vague and useless definitions of what is violent. different interpretations could be used to ban just about anything
2) implementing new rating systems and new organizations that operate on such vague definitions of what would be considered violent. basically trying to replace ESRB
3) there is no evidence that violent games do any harm at all. if anything there is plenty of 'evidence' that they don't just by the sheer number of people that play them.

The ESRB isn't broken, contrary to 'hot coffee' bullshit. There is no possible way ESRB or any other organization could catch every instance of ratings violation. The developer must be held accountable for not disclosing such content sure, and if harm can be proven in a court of law there may be other court cases as a result, and of course the ratings must be corrected. All of that happened, which proves to me that the system is working fine.

 
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