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Inmate files restraining order against GTA

On April 9, inmate Jonathan Lee Riches, 31, filed a request for a temporary restraining order in a US District Court against Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two, developer Rockstar, FCI Williamsburg and "Grand Theft Auto" itself, claiming that the defendants "put me in prison."

Riches, who's incarcerated for wire fraud, wrote in his filing that he seeks a temporary restraining order against the "newest Grand Theft Auto games."

The inmate stated, "Defendants contributed to Plaintiff committing identity theft. Defendant's games show sex, drugs and violence which offends me."

Riches continued, "Defendants put me in prison. I face imminent danger from violent inmates who played Grand Theft Auto who will knock me out and take my gold Jesus cross."

FCI Williamsburg is a medium security prison that is currently home to 1,638 male inmates.

This isn't the first time that Riches has filed a lawsuit from prison. Riches sued suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick last year for "$63,000,000,000 billion dollars," alleging Vick had ties to Al Qaeda. He didn't win. He's also unsuccessfully sued Martha Stuart, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, President George W. Bush, Steve Jobs and Britney Spears, according to entries on Wikipedia.

Riches, a.k.a. 40948-018, is projected to be released in 2012, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator.

UPDATE - Consumer site GameSpot has found that Riches is also suing Activision and Atari, making similar allegations that their games are a threat to his safety and well-being in prison.

UPDATE - An inmate residing at the Federal Corrections Institute in Williamsburg County, S.C. has filed a handwritten complaint against parties including Take-Two and Rockstar Games.

Courtesy of Next Generation.

Apr 21, 2008

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