Video Game Addiction Gets Lawyer Suspended From Practice
There's no shortage of people addicted to video games, but it's the rare person who becomes so obsessed with them that he loses his job.
The state's Supreme Court Disciplinary Board ruled that Mathew Eshelman mishandled 17 cases -- mostly involving bankruptcy, divorce and debt collection -- after he "sought refuge from his problems by playing video and computer games" to fight job stress and domestic problems.
The board found that Eshelman missed deadlines, lost track of client money, and once lied in a divorce filing -- all while ignoring calls from increasingly angry clients, according to AP.
Eshelman could have been suspended for as many as five years, but because he once had been a competent lawyer the panel agreed to a three-year ban.
News of Eshelman's suspension comes less than a month after Chris Staniforth, a 20-year-old Xbox addict in Sheffield, England, died during a marathon video-game session.
An autopsy revealed that Staniforth died from a blood clot caused by deep-vein thrombosis, which can be triggered by sitting in one position for a long time.
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