Judge Spanks Jack Thompson for Including Gay Porn with Court Filing

September 26, 2007 -
That gurgling sound you hear could be Jack Thompson's legal career swirling down the 'loo.

The frequent video game critic, already facing professional misconduct charges from the Florida Bar which could see him stripped of his license to practice law, has outraged a U.S. District Court judge by including images of men having sex in a document filed with the court last week.

It's difficult to fathom what Thompson was thinking, but here's how it all, um, went down:

As GamePolitics has previously reported, Thompson has a pair of lawsuits underway against the Florida Bar in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. One of the cases, presided over by Judge Adalberto Jordan, has been the recipient of a flurry of motions by Thompson in recent weeks.

In a document filed with the court on September 19th, Thompson criticized the Bar for allegedly collaborating with Norm Kent, a criminal defense attorney from Fort Lauderdale. Thompson and Kent have a contentious legal history dating back nearly two decades. From Thompson's motion:
The Bar’s demonstrable mindset is that the “enemy of my enemy is my friend,” as indicated by The Bar’s enthusiastic, recidivist collaboration with Mr. Kent, over a twenty year period, at Thompson’s expense. Lunacy proceedings have been sought and secured, Bar complaints have recently been maintained for nearly three years.

Kent, who publishes the National Gay News website, was criticized by Thompson in last week's court filing for "distribution of hardcore porn to anyone of any age." Not content to make that alleged point in writing, Thompson attached several gay porn pictures to his motion with Judge Jordan. The pictures apparently do not come directly from the National Gay News site, but rather are contained on sites linked from NGN's adult links section.

In any case, His Honor was not amused.

In an order issued on Monday, Judge Jordan directed Thompson to show cause as to why he should not face sanctions, including possible contempt charges. Judge Jordan wrote:
The attached exhibit, which includes several graphic images of oral and genital sex between adult males, was filed electronically in the docket in this case, without prior permission from the court...

To the extent that the other attorney’s alleged conduct is in any way relevant... there was no need for Mr. Thompson to file these graphic images in the public record. A simple reference to the website and its alleged links would have sufficed...

Through his actions, Mr. Thompson made available for unlimited public viewing, on the court’s docketing system, these graphic images.

For this reason, by October 5, 2007, Mr. Thompson shall show cause why this incident should not be referred to the court’s Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Admissions, Peer Review, and Attorney Grievance for appropriate action.

In the wake of Judge Jordan's order, Thompson has filed (at last count) four responses. In the first, he proclaims that he is ready to go to jail over the issue:
Thompson may have more to say in his own defense as to his alleged contemptuous behavior, but at this juncture, with all respect, he does not apologize for nor regret what he has done... if this court desires to throw Thompson into jail for trying to sound the alarm in this dramatic fashion... then Thompson is prepared to go there.

In another response Thompson likens his actions to those of a rather more famous American:
To hold Thompson in contempt for alerting the federal court system to the criminal activity... is akin to arresting Paul Revere, in 1775, for “disturbing the peace” with his midnight ride...

 Via e-mail, Thompson told GamePolitics:
I'm not the one in trouble. The judge found a certain lawyer's material obscene. I absolutely love it. This is the best thing to happen to me in a long, long time. Check my [case] filings, sweetie.

We have, and this isn't the first time Thompson has been warned by a court not to include suggestive photos in those case filings. An April 12th entry in the Florida Supreme Court docket covering the Florida Bar's case against Thompson includes this notation:
...the Court notes that [Thompson] has attached inappropriate and pornographic materials to his petitions that are irrelevant to his arguments. Respondent is warned that should he continue to submit such inappropriate filings, the Court will consider imposing sanctions which may include, but are not limited to, a limitation on Respondent's ability to submit further filings without the signature of an attorney other than himself.

GP: As we said earlier, it's really hard to imagine what Thompson thought he might have been accomplishing by including the offending images.

What he has apparently succeeded in doing, however, is seriously upsetting the judge who must decide the merits of Thompson's attempt to block the Florida Bar from taking action against his license to practice law.

UPDATE: We've received comment from Norm Kent:
On a legal note, I am thinking most heterosexual lawyers... could better advocate their cause and arguments in the United States District Court than by... seeking, searching out and subsequently then downloading homoerotic images, that may or may not be found within our advertisers website content, over which I have no authority or control.

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like red from "That 70's show"would say "Eric you dum ass". but in this case jack thompson you dum ass

 

 

 

                                                                  

The really funny part is

The really funny part is that since he sumbitted it to the court, the porn is on public record, so now anyone of any age can see it. What an idiot!

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HAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Has it occured to anyone that this might be another tactic of his? If he pisses off the judge presiding over his case, he may have grounds to have the judge disqualified for bias against him, further delaying his disbarment.

Either he's an evil genius, or he's just insane. Either way, he'd make a good comic book villain.

At first, when it was written images of gay sex, I thought it was only going to be two boys kissing. Isn't that gay sex?

Hahhahaha, hhahahhaha, uhhuhhahhahhaha

My stomach hurts! Can I sue Jackhole for causing me distress?

I can NOT stop laughing.

I can see how pointing out that it's easy to obtain pornographic material from a website without proof of age is a valid argument, but to present the material itself in a filing that is publicly-viewable by anyone? That's like a 10 o' clock news report on how much sex and violence there is on cable channels and then cutting to a 5-minute uncensored sex scene from a cinemax flick.

Yes, it is eye-opening and brings great attention to your point... but it's also illegal and downright stupid.

I imagine in the next 48 hours there will be a response from JT on this very article saying
a) this action is a win for him;
b) he will gladly be a martyr for his cause; and
c) everyone posting comments here is not a lawyer and should shut up.

Seeing as the end of his legal career is now within plain site, I think we know that all three of those points are incorrect.

@ JT (preemptively): Just stop, please. You're embarassing yourself and your entire profession. This does not prove nor solve anything and will, in the end, be a footnote in the history of video games. Not one person capable of performing a Google search cares what you have to say anymore.

Next step, Jack Thompson Goatse' the entire supreme court.

@Tammej: It's a somewhat sad but true statement that GP readers are interested in JT's activities. That, and JT does remain a very high-profile person in the gaming world, even if it is for all the wrong reasons.
GP reported on GamerDad being hospitalized for heart surgery not long ago. This technically was not news related to any games or any political actions - it was a report on a guy who went to the hospital. But since the guy in question is a somewhat important part of the gaming and political scene it was entirely appropriate in my opinion that the story appear. Same thing here - if JT suffers disciplinary action as a result of this then it'll certainly have a major effect, so it is appropriate that we be informed of the series of events leading to any potential disciplinary issues.

I'm also curious - the crux of JT's argument against Kent is that Kent has adult content linked to his LAW website. If the links are off of NGN, and Kent does not advertise his legal business on NGN or otherwise use it to solicit business, then even if he owns the website it doesn't make him any different from any other operator of websites. And NGN, from what I gather from the story, doesn't have adult content on it but simply links to sites that do. So NGN isn't even specifically an adult-themed website.
I can see the argument if a lawyer was operating a pornographic website (even if done legally it does cast lawyers in a somewhat negative light. I'm not saying that it should definitely not be allowed, but it's an argument at least worth the arguing.) But Kent's website is apparently not pornographic. Even if its key theme is of a controversial topic, there's no wrongdoing that I can see.

Dennis,
You have done the unthinkable. You turned a cruddy morning into the best one ever. I owe you big time!
You're doing God's work, friend.

Boom! Self-inflicted headshot!

-P

Bahahahahah. Good god way to make me spit my ten dollar morning coffee all over the barista as I read this shit. XD!

"What he has apparently succeeded in doing, however, is seriously upsetting the judge who must decide the merits of Thompson’s attempt to block the Florida Bar from taking action against his license to practice law."

So... he's pissing off the one person that can save his sorry ass form total annihilation?

Well, I guess we've got nothing to fear here.

It's like he WANTS his license to practice law revoked. What a maroon.

I can just see it now....some legal historian going over old legal briefs..

Hmm...Suing a website because one of their links went to an adult site.
They definitely had some real misconceptions about how the internet works.
Lets see what he included....



A Goatse through time....

To me, this reeks of sabotage.

[...] Jack Thompson reaches new level of bat-**** insane This had me laughing so freaking hard, I had to wait ten minutes to post it... Jack Thompson submits gay porn to court -- judge not amused - Joystiq GamePolitics.com

I saw an episode of Law & Order once where a man committed a murder for one reason or other, but during the trial the man's son hired a lawyer and tried to help him argue his insanity/ineptitude, but the man wouldn't allow it because the son was such a jerk, and had been to him for a long time. I can't help but wonder if that is the dynamic between Jack and his wife and these recent blunders.

@ Mr. B

Actually he's more the equivalent of Miss South Carolina Teen Caitlin Upton, since it appears neither of them know their geography! :D

@Jay

Actually, if he looks at the images with disgust rather than lust I think he'll be ok.

You know what makes me laugh about Jack? Every time he pens a letter he believes it to be so definitive that it will change the course of history itself. By the time he clicks "send" on his email he believes himself to have won. Though if he had any kind of skill to learn from the past he would realize just how many times he claimed victory after sending out an email and how every time it ends with him losing.

Case in point where he tried to get Gamepolitics shut down and the posters arrested as terrorists. Post sending the letter he was 100% assure of himself that we would all be rotting in a cell somewhere. And how did that work out for your Jackie?

@anon

actually in court documents they usually do (how ever everywhere else they dont)

Ah, and the Miami Heald picks up the story, from GamePolitics no less.
And, oh, looky looky who has the first comment.

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2007/09/judge-spanks-so.html

Aw, isn't that sweeeet? John Bruce figures if a story isn't in HIS favor, the journalist must be a bad journalist. Awwww....

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Remember this day fellow gamers, remember it well because this was the moment that JTs disbarrment became assured.

Now we just have to sit back and enjoy the show.

This guy is totally off his nut!

Did that psych exam he took really clear him?

"To hold Thompson in contempt for alerting the federal court system to the criminal activity… is akin to arresting Paul Revere, in 1775, for “disturbing the peace” with his midnight ride…"

Uhhh, that doesn't seem right. I don't know much about history, but what I have heard was, he didn't do it. It was his partner, who was black, who warned everyone. While Paul Revere, himself, was drunk.

[...] Judge Spanks Jack Thompson for Including Gay Porn with Court Filing [gamepolitics.com] [...]

BYE BYE

[...] Judge Spanks Jack Thompson for Including Gay Porn with Court Filing [gamepolitics.com] [...]

Jack:
"Oh god, what do I do? They really have me backed into a corner here."

"..."

[Shoots self in foot]

"HAHAHA! MARVEL AT MY GENIUS! I HAVE WON, THREE CHEERS FOR THE RED WHITE AND BLUE! GOODBYE RAP MUSIC AND VIDJAGAMES!"

[passes out from blood loss]

I'm starting to think that Jack Thompson isn't a real person.

I'm starting to think that he REALLY IS INSANE and not just an attention hog.

[...] ocvarsity editor wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt [...]

I can't believe it, Jack-o is self owning once more.
And.
Maybe this was his way of coming out of the closet? XD

Oh SNAP!

had to be said

What the hell was Thompson thinking?

Wow, I swear this man tries to amuse us on purpose. I guess Thompson's next book will be "How to Get Out of a Failing Legal Career."

Ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome!!!!

How will he troll the web from jail?

So let me get this straight... Jack Thompson fights the good fight of keeping violent and sexual content out of the hands of minors by filing graphic pictures on a public website?

Of course he might say, "How many kids go to these sites and peruse legal matters?" To which there could be several replies; such as, "Most kids that read this hilarious story" "Children looking to research the legal system for school" "Many more kids that would go to the gay news website".

Oh, man, this is SO funny!! I swear if he had a knife he'd probably cut out his eyes to spite his mind.

I have just spent this morning laughing hysterically. Just when I find Thompson starting to get a little boring, he pulls something like this

@Soul Says: Obviously, he wasn't.

Oh dear oh dear.....

I really am at a loss for words, there's absolutely nothing I can say to top this.....

The man's a genius.

I just find the image of Jack sitting at his desk browsing and saving Gay Porn to be infinitely hilarious....

Two words. "Self Owned."

@jds

there are also "kids" that find this shit (legal info) more intresting then anything they have to pay for >_>

HAH! Jack Thompson has really gone off his rocker.

"I’m not the one in trouble. The judge found a certain lawyer’s material obscene. I absolutely love it."

He loved the obscnene material? Hah.

"The pictures apparently do not come directly from the National Gay News site, but rather are contained on sites linked from NGN’s adult links section."

Way to fail at the inter-tubes, Wacko Jack-o. Seriously, it's always been a pet peeve of mine when people don't know where one site ends and its links begin. Idiot. Or maybe he's just playing on other people's ignorances and he's just a liar. Neither one surprises me.

The man is a gigantic fail-machine.
 
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