A Case That Could Have Threatened Horror Movie Makers Had It Been in Illinois

Petka, Ed head shotA couple of decades ago when Will County’s Ed Petka was in the Illinois General Assembly, he passed a bill to create a new tort.

His law would cover crimes committed that were inspired by movies, TV shows and probably other entertainment.

If one inspired violence, the company putting out the entertainment would be liable for damages.

Jake Evans in court.

Jake Evans in court.

Now comes such a crime, but not in Illinois.

17-year old Jake Evans of Toledo, Ohio, confessed that he watched the movie “Halloween” three times that week.  It’s  movie about a teen who killed his family.

Evans murdered his mother and his sister.

Prior to being elected State Representative and Senator, Petka has served as Will County State’s Attorney.

Subsequently, he served as a Circuit Court Judge.


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