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Blizzard Sued By South Carolina Inmate

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the they-don't-come-much-more-zany-than-this dept.

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Benjamin Duranske writes "Jonathan Lee Riches, an inmate in South Carolina famous for filing long, handwritten, rambling screeds against celebrities, politicians, and even buildings, has filed a third-party motion in Federal Court in Arizona in the MDY v. Blizzard botting case claiming that Blizzard's World of Warcraft 'caused Riches mind to live in a virtual universe, where Riches explored the landscape committing identity theft and fighting cybermonster rival hacker gangs. Riches was addicted to video games and lost touch with reality because of defendants. This caused Riches to commit fraud to buy defendants video games. Riches chose World of Warcraft over working a legit job, Riches mind became a living video game.'"

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Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645675)

This is another ridiculous lawsuit. I was first aware of this when he sued Michael Vick a while back. He is an attention whore [justia.com] , please do not give him anymore attention!

Check out this recent lawsuit [justia.com] and its defendents:

George W Bush, Richard B. Cheney, Condeleza Rice, Donald H Rumsfeld, John W Snow, Unknown Authors, Carlos M Gutierrez, Michael O Leavitt, Elaine Chao, Stephen L Johnson, Margaret Spellings, Samuel W Bodman, Norman Y Mineta, Hillary Rodham Clinton, James Hoffa, www.GOOGLE.com, Benedict, XVI, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jerry West, www.ACCUWEATHER.com, Usama Bin Laden, William Gates, Hugo Chavez, John Deere, Adolf Hitler's National Socialist Party, Island Def Jam Music Group, Roc-A Fella Records, Shawn Carter, Queen of England, Jo Anne B Barnhart, Steven Spielberg, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc, Japan's Nikkei Stock Exchange, Gambino, Three Mile Island, Kofi Annaan, Tony Danza, Islamic Republic of Iran, Don King Productions Inc, Paris Hilton, Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witness, Jose Padilla, University of Miami, Geico Insurance, Vienna Convention, Matt Drudge, Marion Blakey, Consulate General of Nigeria, The Salvation Army, Jewish State of "Israel", John E Potter, Soledad O'Brien, Miles O'Brien, Magna Carta, Tsunami victims, Alan Greenspan, American Red Cross, Mark Emerson, Jessica Alba, Sirius Satellite Radio, Charles Moose, Dalai Lama, Houston Chronicle, Al Qaeda Islamic Army, Fruit of A-Loom, American Civil Liberties Union, Out-Back Steakhouse, Donald J Trump, Chris Berman, Vatican, The, Shawn John Combs, Michael Brown, Vincent K McMahon, Taliban, The, Richard M Daley, Meals on Wheels, John Grisham, Columbine High School, Ariel Sharon, United Parcel Service, Tara Reid, Black Entertainment Television Inc, Saddam Hussein, Jewish Workers, Brad Pitt, Jack Welch, Elizabeth Smart, George E Pataki, Charlie Sheen, Surgeon General, The, Vladimir Putin, Oliver North, George Orwell, www.ASKJEEVES.com, Sean O'Keefe, Various Buddhist Monks, www.SECUREDPARTY.com, I Lewis Libby, Warren Buffett, Sierra Club, John D Negroponte, Christina Applegate, Jewish Mossad, National Vanguard Books, Air and Space Museum, Christopher Reeves, Gale A Norton, Halliburton Company, Kellogg Brown & Root, John Walsh, Mein Kampf, City of Crawford Texas, John P Abizaid, Venus Williams, www.DEFCON.org, John Dudas, Medieval Times, International Trade Commission, Anna Nichole Smith, United States Marine Corps, William F Buckley, Denny's, Brotherhood of the Snake, Larry King, Charles E Schumer, Rastafarian Natives, Spencer Abraham, Rollingstone Magazine, Monogram Bank of Georgia, Grace Jones, National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, Planet Hollywood, Joseph H Boardman, Marshall Bruce Mathers, III, Uliminati,Founder Adam Weishaupt, The Apollo Theater, David W Anderson, Assistant Secretary For Indian Affairs, Jason Society, Wu Tang Clan, Wu-Wear Inc, Philip Purcell, CEO Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Nordic Gods, Presidental Emergency Operation Center, Screen Actors Guild Inc, R James Nicholson, New York Stock Exchange Inc, The Da Vinci Code, Moorish Science Temple of America, Sears Tower, Mike Tyson, Native American Fish Society, Holocaust Survivors, Byzantine Republic Army, Dennis Hopper, Mt. Rushmore, Barbara Walters, First Presbyterian Church, Gordan R Sullivan, Yellow Cab Company, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, Michael Savage, Dennis Hastert, Green Bay's Lambeau Field, Slobodan Milosevic, Pizza Hut, King James Bible, Scott Peterson, Department of Housing and Urban Affiars, Smithsonian Institute, Robert C Bonner, Ming Dynasty, Ray Nagin, Barry Bonds, Thomas J Ridge, Jenna Bush, Gangs in Hong Kong, United Methodist Church, European Union, Porter Goss, Harrah's Las Vegas Inc, Grand Wizard of Ku Klux Klan, General Motors, Christopher Cox, Proctor & Gamble, Jewish Synagogue's, www.ebay.com, Knights of Malta, AFL-CIO Union, Booker T Washington, Natioal Hockely League "NHL" Players Association, Diane Sawyer, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Verne Minnie Me, Steve Jobbs, Statue of Liberty, Fidel Castro, Brian L Roberts, Comcast Cable Co., Earth Liberation Front, Phil Donahue, Malcom X, Kim Jong II, Geneva Convention, Lee Scott, Arizona Game and Fish Commission, Nelson Rockefeller, National Assocaition of Realtors, Fort Knox, Philadephia Eagles, 2005 Roster, Church of Scientology, World Trade Organizaton, Burt Reynolds, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Michael A Aquino, Bill O'Reilly, Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, Western Uhion Financial Services, Paula Abdul, United States Holocaust Museum, Sister Souljah, Suha Arafat, Jessie Jackson, Hamid Karzai, Carnival Cruise Lines, The World Court Hague, Ben N Jerry's Icecream, Janet Reno, House of Rothschild, David Stern, International Monetary Fund, Jimmy Dean Sausage Co, Yale Skull and Bones, Sumner Redstone, Computer Hackers and Telephone Phreakers, Mayflower Moving Corp, Chemical/Bio Sensor Research Center, Aberdeen Maryland, Whoopi Goldberg, Vincente Fox, Pennsylvania Lottery Commission, www.Amazon.com, Michael Chertoff, City of Nadi, The New York Times, American Express Credit Card Corp, The Olsen Twins, Rainbow/Push Coalition, Mohammed Atta, Leavenworth Federal Prison, Max Mayfield, Michael Tigar, Roman Empire, Merriam Websters Dictionary 10th Edition, Palestine Liberation Organization, Michael Aramcost, Kraft Foods Inc, John Fund, Unknown Writes of Norther American Free Trade Agreement, Demi Moore, Smith N Wesson, United Negro College Fund, Edward M Liddy, Wolf Blitzer, www.2600.com, Metroplitan Transit Authority, Richard Jewel, Bloods and Crips of Detroit, Michael J Fox, Richard S Fuld, Verrizon Communications, Angela Merkel, The Rose Bowl, Ben Yahweh, People Against Treatment of Animals, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Citigroup Inc, National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine, Indra K Nooyi, Virgina Kings Dominion, Vanna White, Robert W Kagan, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ross Perot, Harley-Davidson Inc., International Islamic Relief Organization, Harley G Lappin, Pink Triangle Coalition, POW-MIA, Cathedral Church of the Intercessor, Bellvue State Hospital Center, www.FRAUDEFEDERALRESERVE.com, Sammy Sosa, Robert M Gates, Architecture of Fee Masonry, Bobby Accord, The Pillsbury Company, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Rosie O'Donnell, George P Shultz, Mozart, Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Capitol Police, AARP, The Appalachian Trail, Notre Dame, John Kasich, Joey Buttafuoco, National Wildlife Refuge, Nostradamus, Richard Thornburgh, Leann Rimes, Evangelical Lutheran Chuch, James Billington, Marco Polo, Teresa Heintz Kerry, Negro Justice League, The Eiffel Tower, Newt Gingrich, USA Today, G8 Summit, Zacarias Moussaoui, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Kentucky Militia, Lloyd M Bentsen, John Wayne Bobbit, Plymouth Rock, WKRP in Cincinatti, Royal Institute for International Affairs, Arayan Brotherhood, James G Roche, Yao Ming, Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, www.antisocial.com, Charles Dickens, Arlen Spector, Leaning Tower of Pisa, National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration, Iraqi Baath Regime, Kevin Bacon, United States Olympic Committee, Humane Society, Guerilla's in the Mist, Donna E Shalala, Fabio, Holy Land Foundation, Encyclopedia Britanica, Bono, Centers for Disease Control, Home Depot, National Rifle Association, Geraldo Rivera, Amtrak, Niccolo Machiavelli, American Psychiatric Association, Garden of Eden, Ben Roethlisberger, Unification Church, Anglo-Saxons Alliance, United States Secret Service, Dosotevsky, The International Space Station, Russell Crowe, Assassins of Serbia Prime Minister Zoran Zjindjic, Mall of America, Edward S Robinson, Commanding Officer USS Grayback, Home Shopping Network, John Dupont, Ace Hardware Stores, Henry A Kissinger, Paul Revere, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, Duncan Donuts, Rand Corporation, Michealangelo, Olympia J Snowe, Aztec Pyramids, Boy Scouts of America, William Pierce, Six Flags of Arlington Texas, Talmud, Beth Holloway Twitty, International Atomic Energy Agency, Jessica Simpson, Donald E Graham, Viagara, Anne Richards, Marion "Suge" Knight, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Randy Johnson, Anheiser Busch, Peter Jennigs' Widow, Paul Wolfowitz, Montana Freeman, Pennsylvania Turnpike, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Julia Roberts, Public Broadcast System, Jeb Bush, John Birch Society, Sprint/Nextel, Bob Vila, Hoover Dam, Sandy Berger, Toll Brothers, www.GINOROMANO.com, William Jefferson Clinton, Killington Vermont Ski Resort, www.YAHOO.com, Joe Gibbs Racing, Jennifer Lopez, National Public Radio, Tonya Harding, Comptroller of Currency, ADT Security, Harrison Ford, Mike Johanns, Delta Airlines, Pete Rose, Sumbionese Liberation Army, Small Business Administration, Joseph Lieberman, Sylvester Stallone, Kyoto Protocol, Bolivian Mafia, The, Vietnam Veterans of America, Kenneth Starr, Simon and Schuster, Patricia Hearst, Nelson Mandela, Chandra Levy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Symbionese Liberation Army, The Bolivian Mafia, Anti Defamation League, Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, Rush Limbaugh, Airforce One, Louis Farrakhan, National Medal of Arts, Webster Hubbell, McDougals, The Waffle House, Gray Davis, Black Panther Party, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Lucy Liu, Bob Barker, Federalist Society, Elian Gonzalez, International Criminal Court, Danny Glover, National Archives, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, Jonathan J Pollard, Red Guerilla Resistance, New Jersey Port Authority, Chirs Matthews, Kweisi Mfume, Wendy's, M.C. Hammer, Rudolph Giulani, Islamic Muslim Brotherhood, Drew Barrymore, All National Abortion Clinic, Newsweek Magazine, Madeleine Albright, Lee R Raymond, Louis XV, Holy Grail, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Elson John, Planet of Pluto, Trent Lott, Ho Chi Minh City, Muammar Gaddafi, Frank Sinatra, Jr, Joseph Biden, Lil Kim, I-95 "Interstate" Developers, Make A Wish Foundation, Virgin Mary, The, US Department of Internal Affairs, Richard Reid, Jerry Lewis Telethon, Golden Gate Bridge, Monica Lewinsky, John Ashcroft, Dennis Rodman, Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services, J K Rowling, Jackie Chan, Noelle Bush, Cleo, David Coulter, Chechen Rebels, Huggies, Colin Powell, Ninja Samurai Fighters, National Center for Mission & Exploited Children, Hamas, Tammany Hall, Trevor Smith, www.EHARMONY.com, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Hubble Space Telescope, Joshua Bolten, Boston Globe, The, National Guard and Reserves, The, B'Nai B'Rith, Outlaws Motocycle Gang, John McCain, Equal Opportunity Employer, Michael Moore, Fort Bragg Military Base, John Walters, World Wide Web, Catholic Church, Ben Bernanke, Anti-Communist Memorbilla Collection, Academy Awards, FBI, Francis J Harvey, Baptist Church, www.MEDIACONTROL.com, Oprah Winfrey, Area 69, Scott McClellan, David Duke, Engine #9, Franklin Mint, D B Cooper, Lester Crawford, Napoleon, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Wiccan Worship, British SAS, Guantanamo Bay, Darryl F. Zanck Institute for Media Domination and Talmudic Studies, The, Pirates Cove Miniture Golf Course, Hannibal Lector, Council of Foreign Relations, Ronald McDonald Charities, Foday Sankoh, Ben Gurion Airport, Sandra Bullock, Statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, Katie Curic, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Motley Rice, Rania, Phi Beta Kappa, Irish Republican Army, Che Guevara, Aljazeera Television and Bumble Bee Tuna

Pure attention grabbing and nothing else. How does he possibly get his cases even heard?!

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25645831)

Well, I always thought Al Jazeera and Bumble Bee Tuna were connected somehow.

Finally, proof.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (3, Funny)

Cocoa Radix (983980) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645955)

Most people forget that important little "Home Depot" bridge between the two...

Common mistake. Don't beat yourself up about it.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (1)

Jabbrwokk (1015725) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646863)

Uliminati

The secreter, shadowier even more scarier elite wing of the Illuminati? Maybe this guy is on to something! Or just on something.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (3, Funny)

nickheart (557603) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645853)

He also sued Hurricane Katrina

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (3, Funny)

pcolaman (1208838) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646809)

I guess that's why he was suing GWB, since Bush used the weather machine to create Hurricane Katrina.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25645901)

He must be lonely in prison.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (4, Funny)

Rick Bentley (988595) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646883)

He must be lonely in prison.

Maybe we can arrange for him to get a new friend...

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646947)

I wonder if he could be transferred to an Alaska prison...

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (2, Funny)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645923)

He's suing fruit of A-Loom rather than fruit of The Loom - that's how you know he's crazy.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (4, Funny)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646105)

The Da Vinci Code? Magna Carta? Statue of Liberty? Miles O'Brien? George W Bush?

He's suing inanimate objects and fictional characters? Good luck with that!

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (4, Funny)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646151)

George W Bush is a fictional character? That explains so much and is a great relief at the same time.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (5, Funny)

Itninja (937614) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646197)

No, that was one of the inanimate objects.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (2, Funny)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646257)

Awww. Well at least it still explains alot.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646607)

I was impressed by the fact that he's of the Magna Carta - he's got one on many Americans right there :P

P.S. - I'm an American and that's probably true :O

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (5, Funny)

firex726 (1188453) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646247)

Looks like Pluto is off the hook. He calls it a "Planet".

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (4, Funny)

Adriax (746043) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646473)

Lawyers don't play the Kevin Bacon game anymore, they play the 1 degree of separation to Jonathan Lee Riches game.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (4, Insightful)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646697)

Well, sure. "Lonely bored crazy guy yells at squirrels in the park" is not a headline either.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646759)

"Mt. Rushmore"

You get 'em. That's right. Mt.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646791)

Except for Christina Applegate, Bob Barker, Green Bay's Lambeau Field, and Denny's I agree it is frivolous. I've been after those bums for years. I'm not sure what "Jewish Mossad" is though. Is there a "Hindu Mossad"?

His list of defendants reads like it was generated by the same program that generates spam.

check out the last order in this case (5, Informative)

Rene S. Hollan (1943) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646893)

"MINUTE entry before Judge Harry D. Leinenweber : It has come to the Court's attention that the docketing department of the Clerk's Office is still inputing the names of the hundreds of defendants named in this action. This action was dismissed on 8/17/07 for failure to state a claim, and the Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal on 10/31/07 for failure to pay the required docketing fee. It is a waste of judicial resources for the Clerk's Office to continue adding these names to a closed case that the Court determined was delusional in its order of 8/17/07. The Clerk is therefore directed to cease adding the defendants' names to this docket. As this is an internal housekeeping matter, the Clerk is directed not to send notice of this order to Plaintiff. No notice to be mailed (gcy, )"

He sued the Magna Carta? (1)

NastyNate (398542) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646925)

Magnificent.

Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (4, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 5 years ago | (#25647025)

Apparently he doesn't realize that when google lawbot indexes this, it is gonna toss out all these random keywords, right?

Or is there some secret message in there somewhere?

Guess What? (1)

arizwebfoot (1228544) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645739)

Riches isn't rich anymore, he's poor!

Re:Guess What? (2, Funny)

TinFoilMan (1371973) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645769)

Wouldn't "poor riches" be an oxymoron?

Hahah, Oh wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25645757)

Take responsibility for your own actions, pal.
This clown shouldn't be allowed to waste the court's time.

Re:Hahah, Oh wow. (4, Informative)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646191)

Unfortunately, I don't think any state besides California has a vexatious litigant status.

Re:Hahah, Oh wow. (1)

Tekfactory (937086) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646955)

Don't know about the status angle, but when I took my current job, my old company brought up their non compete clause. My current firm's counsel called their attempts to block me from taking the new job, vexatious. This was in Virginia, they did stop harassing me shortly after receiving the letter.

A quick google search turned up several cases where people in Virginia were found to be vexatious litigants, but I haven't found the statute.

Florida seems to have one though.

we gots a nigga for president! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25645783)

o shit!

Same thing happened to me after Metroid (5, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645785)

after I found out there may be a space-pirate-ass-kicking chick with a lazer and a "screw attack" out there, I couldn't stop masturbating.

Re:Same thing happened to me after Metroid (1)

VeNoM0619 (1058216) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645879)

I'm confused... who would you sue, and what exactly did you lose of value?

Re:Same thing happened to me after Metroid (4, Funny)

RabidMoose (746680) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646345)

Sue Nintendo for loss of genetic material.

Re:Same thing happened to me after Metroid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646401)

His dignity of c... Oh wait "Of value", nevermind.

Miscategorized (5, Insightful)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645787)

This belongs in stupidpeople.slashdot.org, attentionwhores.slashdot.org, or the catch-all idle.slashdot.org, not games.slashdot.org.

Option past "dismissed" (2, Funny)

Alcimedes (398213) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645791)

Can a judge just say "fuck off already" to this kind of crap?

Re:Option past "dismissed" (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646123)

Can a judge just say "fuck off already" to this kind of crap?

Talk about a campaign slogan. Vote Judge Common F. Sense in 2008! If you don't like it, fuck off!

I'd sure as hell vote for him.

Re:Option past "dismissed" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25647011)

Would voting for Common and 50 Cent count?

already happened elsewhere (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646281)

If a Florida judge can bar Jack Thompson from filing without a real lawyer doing it for him, certainly one can order this loon to stop filing without a real lawyer too. If he's already in prison, he is probably destitute, so then the trick becomes assigning a pro-bono lawyer every time he gets a bug up his ass about something. Of course, IANAL so maybe (probably) in civil court you are not entitled to a lawyer, so what happens when a judge effectively bars a poor person from seeking legal redress because he can't file a grievance?

stupid "it's been 15 minutes since you last successfully posted a comment" filter. I get why there is a limit, but why is it .gt.5 minutes? What is the minimum time?

Re:Option past "dismissed" (1)

Malevolent Tester (1201209) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646729)

I dunno about you lot, but in Britain someone can be declared a vexatious litigant and banned from suing people. Do you have anything similar?

Re:Option past "dismissed" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646841)

I dunno about you lot, but in Britain someone can be declared a vexatious litigant and banned from suing people. Do you have anything similar?

Not that I'm aware of, at least not that can't be appealed. This is just the bad side of sticking to the belief that everyone deserves due process for anything they want to bring forward. It has benefits as well related to protecting the little guy but it can be abused. Just the price you sometimes pay for believing in and supporting a principle that you believe is more important than any misuse of it.

LittleBigPlanet (1)

quibbs0 (803278) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645807)

Right - and LittleBigPlanet made me paint my friends with ducks and flowers.

Counter-suit (4, Funny)

Shotgun (30919) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645819)

Can the judge sue Riches for being driven from having to read such drivel?

Re:Counter-suit (1)

Shotgun (30919) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645849)

From being driven INSANE from having to read such drivel.

HA! Ha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25645833)

That's funny.

amazing how video games warp the mind but ads dont (2, Insightful)

GeezTheGeeza (896424) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645843)

its amazing the continuing trend of folks using the 'my mind was warped by the normalisation and glamour of violence in video games and horror films' but these same people have sufficiently strong minds to not succumb to the continuous deluge of advertising thrust upon us every day. in the 90's we had advertising everywhere, the sidewalk, the urinals, the sky, but NEVER in our dreams

I, for one, want his number... (5, Funny)

kaizendojo (956951) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645867)

I'd like to sue the game Dead or Alive. I can no longer perform sexually unless my girlfriend wears tight clothes and high kicks me repeatedly in the groin.

Re:I, for one, want his number... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25645919)

Move to germany.

Thats normal over there.

Re:I, for one, want his number... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646291)

>high kicks me repeatedly in the groin

so how short is she? If it ain't on youtube it didn't happen.

Re:I, for one, want his number... (2, Funny)

Lobster Quadrille (965591) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646427)

I recommend a rehabilitation program- play DOAX until you are comfortable with them wearing bikinis and jumping around.

Re:I, for one, want his number... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646909)

I can no longer perform sexually unless my girlfriend wears tight clothes and high kicks me repeatedly in the groin.

You must have an awfully short girlfriend.

Huh? (1)

arizwebfoot (1228544) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645877)

South Carloina >/quote>

Where is THIS place?

Re:Huh? (2, Funny)

kaizendojo (956951) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646219)

Below NORTH Carloina and East of Goergia

When the death penalty is appropriate (1)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645915)

Personally I'm against the death penalty as I think its state sanctioned murder. I do however believe in the right to self-defence and therefore I'd say that this is where the courts should be able to use the death penalty, as a punishment to those who waste their time with ridiculous lawsuits.

Imagine the scene.

Judge: Trivial lawsuit, I'm finding for the plantiff, awarding him costs and sentencing you to death for wasting my time

Its the self-defence of the justice system and would I think stop these cases very quickly. Especially if the appeal was only allowed to consider if the case was a complete waste of time.

Re:When the death penalty is appropriate (1)

Oswald (235719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646001)

Or if appeal was possible, but they didn't delay your execution waiting for a resolution.

Re:When the death penalty is appropriate (4, Insightful)

mapsjanhere (1130359) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646029)

That's a bit extreme, simply write a bot program that can do "meaningful" judicial exchanges with the person in question. Let him have his fun writing long memos, and the program sends him back memoranda, motions and decision. He's happy, and no one else notices.

Re:When the death penalty is appropriate (1)

k4mp3r (1400799) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646851)

It might actually help him get better. In "Lars and the Real Girl" an entire town played along with one guy's delusion to help him get over it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars_and_the_Real_Girl

Re:When the death penalty is appropriate (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646361)

Wow, you are one misguided pussy ass fucking retard. You state that you are against the death penalty for all the more heinous crimes, but then you use a retarded ways of trying to side step it for filing frivolous lawsuits? Just so you know, you are not against the death penalty then, grow some balls and just admit it. Also, you have your priorities really fuck up, and maybe you deserve to reap the benefits of your quacked out bright idea.

I recommend immediate capital punishment. (0)

mujadaddy (1238164) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645921)

That is all.

Thank goodness the election is over (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25645931)

Now we can get back to the quality stories that Slashdot is known for.

Because it's fun? (4, Insightful)

nine-times (778537) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645933)

Riches chose World of Warcraft over working a legit job

So he's suing because he'd prefer to play the game than have a legit job? There are tons of things I'd rather do than my job, and my job isn't even all that bad. But here at work, I'd rather be watching a movie than doing my job. Yet here I am, at work.

... posting on Slashdot. Can I sue Slashdot for being more interesting than my job?

Re:Because it's fun? (1)

kingsteve612 (1241114) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646045)

me too pl0x

Re:Because it's fun? (1)

matazar (1104563) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646455)

Only one way to find out, let start a class action lawsuit!

Re:Because it's fun? (1)

pcolaman (1208838) | more than 5 years ago | (#25647015)

Well, if he had been eligible to vote, I'm assuming he'd have voted for Obama. He could play World of Warcraft and get paid.

Re:Because it's fun? (1)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 5 years ago | (#25647033)

So he's suing because he'd prefer to play the game than have a legit job?

Legit job? The guy's an inmate. A criminal. I don't think this guy knows what "legit job" means. He's a parasite intent on taking the easy way out. (Yes, I'm making an enormous generalization here but I'm in a pissy mood so the outcome is I'm going to insult some dumbass crackpot criminal - sue me.)

Riches again? (2, Funny)

yerktoader (413167) | more than 5 years ago | (#25645979)

I'm starting to think that Riches must be related to Jack Thompson...

throw a guy a bone here, will ya? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25645991)

Jonathan Lee Riches filed a third-party motion claiming that Blizzard's World of Warcraft "caused Riches mind to live in a virtual universe, where Riches explored the landscape committing identity theft. Riches was addicted to video games and lost touch with reality because of defendants. Riches chose World of Warcraft over working a legit job, Riches mind became a living video game."
Is the occasional apostrophe too much to ask for??

Re:throw a guy a bone here, will ya? (3, Informative)

Lobster Quadrille (965591) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646487)

You bolded 6 instances of his name, but only two deserved apostrophes.

If this "holds water" (1)

HogGeek (456673) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646011)

It should probably be a class action...

Not that I think it should...

Sorry (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646013)

I feel sorry for the guy. He should be in a psychiatric ward, not a prison.

Has he even played the game? (3, Informative)

RichMan (8097) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646019)

Given his history when would he have been not in jail and playing the game in the last 4 years?

He gets out in 2012. I could not find the date he was committed.

"Riches has court cases in Pennsylvania dating back to 1996. In 1996 he was arrested for a bomb threat to Conestoga High School."

Re:Has he even played the game? - No (3, Informative)

RichMan (8097) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646457)

World of Warcraft Release date 2004-11-23

JLR was convicted of fraud in 2004 and incarcerated.

I can't find a date on it but unlikely he was caught and convicted between Nov 23 and the end of the year.

His release date is 2012-03-23. And he was sentenced to 8 years.

Re:Has he even played the game? (1)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646727)

He gets out in 2012
Right in time to fulfill the prophecies.

Re:Has he even played the game? (4, Funny)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646999)

Isn't that when Sarah Palin will run for President? Perhaps she needs a running mate?

legal system abuse (2, Insightful)

Atreide (16473) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646041)

can't judge fine him for legal system abuse ?

virtual court (1)

crakbone (860662) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646049)

Wouldn't he have to go to virtual court first then get it moved up to a court in reality?

Impressive (2, Insightful)

Starve (672909) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646071)

I find it very impressive that an inmate who committed fraud is allowed to file lawsuits that border...actually they're just plain insane. Jack Thompson and him should do lunch, they'd make a fine super duo

Argh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646101)

If there's any delay in the release of Starcraft II because of this... I'm Suing.

Some of us enjoy living in a virtual world, living day to day not knowing when the zerg rush is coming.

reboot Riches (1)

swschrad (312009) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646141)

see if he comes back normal.

Insanity... (1)

dr_strang (32799) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646249)

It's a hell of a drug.

So a crazy person... (4, Informative)

Itninja (937614) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646259)

....does something crazy. Big deal. Why is this even on /.? Oh, I see, it marginally relates to video games. News? No. For nerds? Maybe. Stuff that matters? Not remotely. Epic fail.

Capital punishment! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646285)

They really need to execute this criminal! He is a waste. He is wasting everyone's time & money.

love america (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646305)

where everyone can sue anyone for anything...

file a virtual lawsuit, turd brain (0, Flamebait)

Simonetta (207550) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646423)

Since,
      You is a convict, and...
      You is in prison for a long time because you did something that no one wants to have you do again, and...
      No one believes you when you say that you won't do it again if you gets out of prison, and...
      You has nothin' to do in prison except yell, kick things, and stick sharp things in other prisoners, and....
      it would be too expensive to pump you full of drugs to make you shut up and behave while you're in prison, and...
      we don't shove ice picks up people's noses anymore to make them behave (but you still do), and...
      our God and his lawyers don't allow us to just kill you, (your God is fine with you're killing us), and...
      we don't really want to hear, see, or even think about you anymore, .... ... we have created this wonderful alternate fantasy reality video game for you to live in.

    So, amigo, you should just shut the fuck up and live happily there. While we continue to pay for your food, rent, electricity, and your alternative reality.

    In other words, since you live in an alternative fantasy world, you should be filing alternative fantasy lawsuits in your alternative fantasy world, not our real world with real court systems. If you continue to plug up our justice system with your fantasies, we will simply plug the plug on you and your worthless existence; fantasy or real.

    With six billion people in the world, your fate makes no difference to us.

    Turd convict.

oh, and I forgot... (1)

Simonetta (207550) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646477)

Have a nice day!

Riches chose World of Warcraft... (1)

Fezzick (913356) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646483)

Riches chose World of Warcraft over working a legit job

Wait... people in prison get to play Warcraft all day? Gee... that sounds like a deal

Re:Riches chose World of Warcraft... (2, Interesting)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646961)

Isn't WoW a prison unto itself?

Blizzard settles this law suit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646513)

by banning his account

Uh, how long's he been in jail? (0)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646605)

Not that his case has any merit on its own, but how exactly did he get addicted to WOW if he's been in prison? I believe it launched in 2004.

Besides, if he really REALLY was addicted to WOW, he wouldn't have had time to write the lawsuit Q.E.D.

Hell yeah! (2, Funny)

holychicken (1307483) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646655)

He is just telling you what those fat-cats at Blizzard don't want you to know! This has got a chance! Go, go crazy prison dude!

I'm a victim too. (4, Funny)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646661)

I should sue /. for forcing me to live in a fantasy universe where my input is considered, alternately, funny, insightful or merely overrated.

Alot of people should read that (1)

Phiu-x (513322) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646703)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choice_theory [wikipedia.org] Yes, sometimes (read: most of the time) if you commit a crime it IS your fault.

I love this guy! (1)

SpuriousLogic (1183411) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646717)

Law needs more humor, and this guy has produced dozens, if not hundreds of these wonderful lawsuits. Maybe he is trying to atone for his crimes by trying to improve society by making judges laugh?

Amazing... (1)

ritcereal (1399801) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646789)

"Riches chose World of Warcraft over working a legit job"

Amazing...if I chose to use something of my own free will, it is suddenly the manufacturers fault for creating the product and myself ruining my life because I cannot exercise restraint/self control?

He is miserable because he is in jail, who knows if he's just insane or actually thinks he can make some money but whatever. If this doesn't get thrown out of court I might move to another country.

Some Legal Clarification (2, Informative)

314m678 (779815) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646849)

the inmate has attempted to join the suit even though his presence is not requested or required by the plaintiff or defendant. He can do this under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 24(b), however the judge will quickly dismiss it because FRCP 24(b)1b requires that his claim shares a common question of law or fact as the main case.

oh man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25646897)

Just... wow. What kind of bait comes after jail bait? Jack Thompson bait!

Better lawsuit against Blizzard (3, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646901)

If he wants to sue Blizzard at least sue them for a real crime, like the warcraft reputation system.

Hrmmm (1)

Toll_Free (1295136) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646913)

Sad as it sounds, I bet this isn't too far from really what goes on in the clowns head.

Judging from his past litigation, it DOES look like this idiot lives in an alternate universe.

--Toll_Free

Job?? He's in Prison! (1)

WiiVault (1039946) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646929)

Playing WoW is keeping him from working? In jail? SHould this man even have access to a computer considering his history of suing anybody or anything?

Oh great (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25646989)

Now he'll sue /. for slander, for posting this article.
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