BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo 3 Teen

January 12, 2009 -

Despite his lawyer's claim that a supposed addiction to Halo 3 turned Daniel Petric into a killer, an Ohio judge has found the 17-year-old guilty in the 2007 slaying of his mother and wounding of his father.

As GamePolitics reported during Petric's December trial, the young man ambushed his parents after they confiscated his copy of Halo 3. After shooting both, the troubled boy tried to frame his father by placing the gun in his hand.

The Associated Press is reporting this morning that Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said that video game addiction was not a defense. The judge also noted that there was evidence of premeditation on Petric's part.

Petric could be sentenced to life without parole.


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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Is it odd that I read about this at Foxnews.com before here, and their coverage was pretty good?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,479262,00.html

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

"I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents they would be dead forever," Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said.

... Nope, Judge still is a moron. No way a 17-year old will not know that his parents will be dead forever. I mean, religious upbringing? You KNOW they 'go to heaven'. (And you don't 'cause you killed one!)
And the dad forgave his son. >_>

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Daniel's attorney presented the "video game addiction" defense then failed to present a single witness or expert to bolster his case. Of course the judge convicted Daniel, as well he should. This was clearly an act of pre-meditated murder.

On behalf of recovering gaming addicts everywhere, I say send this young man away for a very, very long time.

What did Daniel think he was going to do? Kill both of his parents, set it up to look like a murder- suicide, attend a funeral as the teary-eyed orphan then start gaming again like a maniac? There's something missing in his logic.

Do I think this kid is game addict? Absolutely. Is he a cold blooded killer? Absolutely.

He killed his mother and fled the scene on foot. Did he pack a bag? No, but he grabbed his beloved copy of Halo. His lawyer had opportunities introduce an insanity plea and present a cogent defense but failed on both counts, perhaps because neither would have helped Daniel very much. This boy made a conscious decision to put his game play ahead of the lives of his parents.

-Brad

www.exgamer.net

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Actually, it's quite obvious why he had the game and not a bag. Game and gun were in the same place, and his sister stumbled upon the scene later on, after which he ran. No time to grab a bag then, but the game he already had with him would of course still be with him. So that fact hardly matters.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Do you just randomly attach yourself to things and whore yourself for attention, or is there some sort of cycle?  

How does gaming 'addiction' factor in here?  This seems much more like a child suffering from Cabin Fever.  He was bored, he became hostile and aggressive with the only people he saw on a regular basis.  You want to blame it on gaming addiction because you, a man with no self-control, need that validation.  In other words, learn some self-restraint and shut the hell up, you're only helping to create conditions that will lead to this assinine defense being taken seriously. 

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

 People get away with murder by claiming they were sleep walking through all of it. Why would video games be that more of a stretch. Take your own advice: "whore yourself".

 That is all.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

There have been cases like this all over the world...are you saying that Homicidal somnambulism doesn't exist?

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Do I think this kid is game addict? Absolutely. Is he a cold blooded killer? Absolutely.

by your flawed logic, the following line is true:
were you a game addict? Absolutely. were you a cold blooded killer? Absolutely.

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岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Holy shit, common sense prevails...

I could hug that judge.

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

 Yes I have and I would like to say, this thread has nothing to do with Proposition 8, regardless of my personnal investments if it comes into law.

Two, I love John C Reilly.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

NO I HAVEN'T, THANK YOU.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Judge James Burge, I thank you for restoring some of my faith in the United States legal system.


 

 

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

 Will you lose said faith if Proposition 8 passes?

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Are you talking about CA's Prop 8?  It already passed.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

 Not through the courts. Not yet anyways.

Some clarification would have been useful though, sorry.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

 Why is it that the US court system doesn't see these bills as complete violations of the rights of citizens? These miraculous truths only seem to appear in appeals court. Something is fundamentally wrong here...

   I'm out of syrup for my waffles...

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Because the politicians owe too many favors to too many people. Most of them either Big Buisness or the "We're Christians and we're being persecuted!" gallery.

(I know that not all Christians are like this so no flameing please, but as long as one of the questions that get asked when someone is up for election is "What church does he go to? Does he believe like we do?" etc... We're gonna have people being like that.)

 Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

 You Americans are as secular as Islam, you only like to think yourselves are different. All it takes is a Mormon running over an Evangelical baby for you to start suiciding bombing shit.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Not all of us are. See my reply above. Most of us *facepalm* at the fucked up shit these people are doing. We do it because we are capable of perceiving just how stupid they are, but are unable to put it in words.

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

 Facepalm is not a fucking verb: stop butching my language.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

The English language is one that rapes and pillages vocabulary and grammar at it's whim. It then proceeds to perform cruel, inhumane experiments upon it's ill-gotten gains before butchering them for consumption.

The words face and palm being stitched together and beaten until they perform as a verb is merely it's latest experiment.

-Gray17

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

The Judge destroyed any credibilty that a "video game defense" might have had just by saying that it wasn't a defense.

It's heartening to know that there's still intelligence in America.

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

 One man cannot hope to stem the tide of stupid that is the United States of America.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

With the exception of Native Americans and Mexicans, the United States was founded by imigrants.  Hence, there are stupid people around the world.

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

True the majority of the government (not just the US government but state governments as well) is fucking retarded, but that does not mean the majority of the population is equally retarded. IMO, corruption is sapping their smartness out of them and replacing it with lust for wealth.

Again...

FUCKING.

RETARDED.

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

 Thats enough out of you, you Yes-man. You have the opinion others give you, as you have yet to present a single unique, thought-provoking idea. All you do is come in behind everyone else, find something that everyone else is agreeing with and jump on the bandwagon. You're the worst kind of useless.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Yeah Shadow D. Darkman you are just a Yes-man.You have the opinion others give you, as you have yet to present a single unique, thought-provoking idea. All you do is come in behind everyone else, find something that everyone else is agreeing with and jump on the bandwagon. You're the worst kind of useless. So take that unique and original post that no one before me has said.

 

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Damn straight.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Ah, I'm glad to see that there's still a wee bit of sense left in this fucked up world. I often wonder about people who think that this defense is viable. I mean, at what point is there any sort of personal responsibility? Where would it even begin?

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Stripes look good on him.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

This is a Broken News Report by Faux News Agency.

Summary:

Defense team fails to reduce responsibility by blaming violent video games for client's murder of Parents.

Says it's the fault of disbarred attorney who promised to set up website to educate defense attornies on how to get their clients freed or reduce their sentences by "properly" and "successfully" blaming violent video games.

Defense team says they feel more aggresive.

Blames disbarred attorney.

Defense team sues disbarred attorney for causing their increased aggression.

Defense team says "trust us, or else".

More when we decide to tell you something we think is important.

Nightwng2000

NW2K Software

Nightwng2000 has also updated his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Nightwng2000 NW2K Software http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

It's all over except for the temper tantrums.

Now, what about the police officer's kid who shot the sheriff's deputy that wanted to get off scott free or have a lesser sentence because he played a violent video game?

Nightwng2000

NW2K Software

Nightwng2000 has also updated his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Nightwng2000 NW2K Software http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Good news all-round... I can't imagine the fallout if any judge actually allows this defense, can you imagine what that would mean?

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Lot's of media coverage, And tougher legislation thanks to the BS of a kid who looks like he hasnt seen the sun and years, and possibly could be the "evil" twin borther of jimmy hopkins.

Magic Taco

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

I wonder... Is it possible he just went nuts and imagined doing stuff in the game, thus killing his mom and wounding his dad?

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Last time I checked, there's no achievement for framing someone for murder.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Mom and Dad killed.....Dead Parents Achievement Unlocked!

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Shame on you, turnip.  You can do better than that.

"'Till Death Do Us Part"

"Grounded 6 Feet Under"

"Parental Time-out"

Those are the ones I can come up with on top of my head.  Of course he failed to kill his dad, so no Achievement points for him.

 

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Bullet time out

Help! My parents are aliens!

Porn for Jack Thompson

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

What about:

"Unrelated"

"Family De-Union"

or "Emancipation Through Decimation"

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

"Total Parental Elimination" Achievement Unlocked

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

"Twice Removed" Achievement Unlocked

Ah, George Carlin would be proud.

 

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Achievement unlocked: "Lizzy Borden had more guts"

"I never want to talk to you again"

I dunno, I'm out of ones that I don't feel bad saying aloud.

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

"Bratricide - 0G - Kill one of your parents, wound the other one and make it look like the wounded one did it. Like a little shit."

 

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Then we must petition to have one put in immediately!

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Haha, foolish lawyer.  You have to cite GTA to be taken seriously, not Halo.

Somewhere in Miami, a certain lawyer is crying himself to sleep.

 

Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Wouldn't it be Coral Gables or something like that? 

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Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Who didn't see this coming...besides a certain disbarred lawyer?

Re: BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo

Somewhere Jack Thompson is reading this verdict and crying......I love it!

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