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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Jury Convicts "Grand Theft Auto" Defendant

An Alabama jury has convicted the defendant who claimed that hours of playing the video game "Grand Theft Auto" was partially responsible for his actions when he shot three police officers to death. The jury did not hear testimony on that point, and brought back a verdict of guilty for Devin Moore after one hour.

Take-Two Interactive Software, which owns Rockstar Games, manufacturer of "Grand Theft Auto" is also facing a civil lawsuit in the deaths of the officers. It has also been in the news because of the flap over the "Hot Coffee" downloadable patch, which allows users to view a hidden sex scene. Read more about the Moore verdict here.

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