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oaklandhater
06-03-2007, 03:03 PM
http://gamepolitics.com/2007/06/01/attorney-ny-game-law-could-mean-a-lifetime-behind-bars-for-retailers/


Mark Methenitis, attorney and pen behind the Law of the Game blog, weighs in on the New York legislation about which GamePolitics has been reporting this week. The IGDA member raises a scary scenario which, admittedly, pertains to a very few potential victims.

Methenitis’ concern addresses New York’s 3 Strikes Rule - three felony convictions can send a person to jail for life. Well guess what? The proposed New York law makes selling violent games to minors a class E felony. Methenitis writes:

While the law does give some leeway for the sentencing court, it theoretically allows a judge to put someone away for life for selling a copy of, say, Gears of War to a 16 year old who looks 18. Yes, selling a game could come with a life sentence under the new law.

Methenitis also points out that providing alcohol or cigarettes to a minor is generally only a misdemeanor usually resulting in a fine. And selling a DVD copy of violent films like Saw or Hostel to children? No fine whatsoever.

-Reporting from San Diego, GP Correspondent Andrew Eisen

Phobia
06-03-2007, 03:09 PM
Lawmakers in this country need to be checked.

ChiefsfaninPA
06-03-2007, 03:42 PM
Can't we just get rid of all of our laws and start over from scratch and have no lawyers involved in writing them? Would this be too much to ask for.

pikesome
06-03-2007, 03:46 PM
Lawmakers in this country need to be checked.

Like this?
http://www.afterthewhistle.com/en/images/4gal1%5B1%5D.jpg

It might actually work. Few lawmakers would brave that.

blueballs
06-03-2007, 04:00 PM
more prisons
for more stupid reasons

Skip Towne
06-03-2007, 04:10 PM
Every law should have a sunset provision. Then they can spend their time renewing the laws we really need instead of more and more new laws.

BigMeatballDave
06-03-2007, 05:22 PM
I cannot think of a word to describe how stupid this is...

Simplex3
06-03-2007, 05:25 PM
Every law should have a sunset provision. Then they can spend their time renewing the laws we really need instead of more and more new laws.
I've frequently said that every law should have a minimum 30m debate and must be renewed every year. You can't give them no rules on how they have to be passed every year or they'd vote the entire set in with one vote.

Mr. Flopnuts
06-03-2007, 06:22 PM
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison

Following the rights movement
You clamped on with your iron fists
Drugs became conveniently
Available for all the kids
Following the rights movement
You clamped on with your iron fists
Drugs became conveniently
Available for all the kids

I buy my crack, my smack, my bitch right here in hollywood

(nearly 2 million americans are
incarcerated in the prison system
prison system of the US)

They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
(For you and me to live in!)
Another prison system
Another prison system
Another prison system
(For you and me!)

Minor drug offenders fill your prisons
you don't even flinch
all our taxes paying for your wars
against the new non-rich
Minor drug offenders fill your prisons
you don't even flinch
all our taxes paying for your wars
against the new non-rich

I buy my crack, my smack, my bitch right here in hollywood

The percentage of americans in the prison system
prison system, has doubled since 1985

They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
(For you and me to live in!)
Another prison system
Another prison system
Another prison system
For you and I, For you and I, For you and I.
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
For you and me
Oh baby, you and me.

All research and successful drug policy show
that treatment should be increased
And law enforcement decreased
While abolishing mandatory minimun sentences
All research and successful drug policy show
that treatment should be increased
And law enforcement decreased
While abolishing mandatory minimun sentences

Utilising drugs to pay for secret wars around the world
drugs are now your global policy now you police the globe

I buy my crack, my smack, my bitch right here in hollywood

Drug money is used to rig elections
and train brutal corporate sponsored dictators
around the world

They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
they're trying to build a prison
(For you and me to live in!)
Another prison system
Another prison system
Another prison system
(For you and me!)
For you and I, for you and I, for you and I
For you and I
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
for you and me
oh baby, you and me

oaklandhater
06-03-2007, 08:54 PM
game retailers should take this to the supreme court.

Phobia
06-03-2007, 08:55 PM
Every law should have a sunset provision. Then they can spend their time renewing the laws we really need instead of more and more new laws.

Awesome post. I think this is your best post ever.

Skip Towne
06-03-2007, 11:17 PM
Awesome post. I think this is your best post ever.
Thank you, sir.

Rain Man
06-03-2007, 11:52 PM
Every law should have a sunset provision. Then they can spend their time renewing the laws we really need instead of more and more new laws.

Hopefully I'll be able to buy a gun while the Democrats are filibustering the murder statutes. I could eliminate a lot of my business competition.

el borracho
06-03-2007, 11:54 PM
I feel safer already! Yay!

88TG88
06-04-2007, 12:01 AM
hehe I thought this was about Ty Law.

Phobia
06-04-2007, 12:05 AM
Hopefully I'll be able to buy a gun while the Democrats are filibustering the murder statutes. I could eliminate a lot of my business competition.

I think they can keep the murder ones.

Rain Man
06-04-2007, 01:37 AM
I think they can keep the murder ones.

Nope. No fair if each person gets to pick.

Pushead2
06-04-2007, 05:56 AM
Another pointless law that doesn't make sense to us but yet to the law makers....

Skip Towne
06-04-2007, 08:13 AM
Another pointless law that doesn't make sense to us but yet to the law makers....
They have to make laws. It's what they do. So let's keep 'em busy passing the same ones over and over. Everyone wins!!

Bob Dole
06-04-2007, 08:18 AM
We'd be better off putting the gamerz in jail.

Skip Towne
06-04-2007, 08:18 AM
Tulsa has this genious congressman who thought it would be great to require an interlock device on the car of anyone convicted of a 2nd DUI. So he authored a bill and got it passed. The cops nailed his drunken ass coming out of a downtown bar at 2 AM the other day. Strike One!!