The Bar Trial of Jack Thompson (Part 9): Recap, About the Series, What's Next for Thompson?

March 28, 2008 -

Click here to see the entire series: The Bar Trial of Jack Thompson...

It's fair to say that Miami attorney Jack Thompson is an iconic figure among the video game community, although not in any happy sense.

Since immersing himself in the game violence debate in the late 1990's, he has become the embodiment of what many gamers perceive as a lack of acceptance by non-gaming society and the mainstream media. In some ways, he seems to relish the role.

Thompson's frequent television appearances, during which he typically blames violent video games for all sorts of mayhem, have positioned him as the go-to guy when the media (primarily Fox News, of late) needs a sound bite lamenting the havoc which video games are supposedly wreaking on modern youth.

No other critic, no other watchdog, has ever come close to Thompson's recognition factor. There are gamer-created songs about the guy. Cartoons, too, as well as video skits, t-shirts, toilet paper, website parodies and Photoshop contests.

To be fair, though, Thompson works at it. His media appearances, his propensity for acid-tongued verbal attacks, his lawsuits, threats of lawsuits and incessant e-mails containing Urgent! alerts make him difficult to ignore.



So when Jack Thompson is placed on trial for professional misconduct charges by the Florida Bar, that's a big story for gamers. The stakes are obviously high for Thompson as well. Even though he has vowed to fight on if disbarred, his credibility will take an undeniable hit. Will Fox News still want a de-licensed attorney as their go-to guy? That's hard to say, but for Thompson, disbarment certainly can't be a positive outcome in any sense.

There is probably no other news outlet, gaming or otherwise, which has covered Thompson as much as GamePolitics in the three years since this site was launched. That certainly wasn't by design. But Thompson is a newsmaker in precisely the arena upon which GamePolitics focuses. And GP has a commitment to covering the news whenever, as our slogan goes, politics and video games collide.

So Thompson inevitably gets covered, sometimes to the frustration of readers. Nor has the relationship between Thompson, GamePolitics, and its readers been an especially agreeable one over the years. But when he makes GP's kind of news, we write about it. Thompson apparently appreciates - or at least covets - the coverage. He still sends us those Urgent! news releases and (as recently as yesterday) chides GP when we don't report on certain of his activities.

So, covering his Florida Bar trial was something that I considered a must for GamePolitics. Regrettably, personal circumstances precluded me from traveling to Miami for the trial, which was my original hope. As it turned out, that was probably a good thing. Although the proceedings were expected to last about a week, they ran for nearly two.

While not being able to cover the trial in person was a disappointment, I was pleased to find that at least we hadn't been scooped. There was no other coverage to speak of. The mainstream media in South Florida seemed oblivious. Fox News? Nada...

So I began to work on the next best thing to being there - acquiring transcripts of trial testimony. A call to Judge Dava Tunis' office got me the contact info for the court reporter assigned to the case. I called the reporter midway through the trial's first week. She was an extremely nice woman, although perhaps a bit surprised to hear from me. But she promised to check with Judge Tunis as to the propriety of my request and was as good as her word. Judge Tunis saw no problem with GamePolitics acquiring the transcripts (they are, after all, a matter of public record) and Thompson was made aware that I was seeking the testimony.

But court reporters make their living in part by providing transcripts for a fee. After a discussion of price, I calculated that it was cost-effective to purchase transcripts of just two of the witnesses against Thompson. While there were five whose Bar issues with Thompson originated from video game cases, I opted for Alabama attorney Clatus Junkin and Alabama Judge James Moore.

Among all of the witnesses, Moore was the one who held the most interest. He oversaw Thompson's high profile Strickland vs. Sony "GTA Killer" suit in Fayette, Alabama and was the jurist who threw Thompson off the case by revoking his pro hac vice (visiting) license to practice law in Alabama. Moore's testimony, however, was very long, stretching over two days. Trying to stay within the budget I had established, I also opted for the transcript of Alabama attorney Clatus Junkin. Junkin's testimony had the virtue of being relatively brief (and thus, not too expensive). Moreover, there was a natural tie-in with Judge Moore, since Junkin's dust-up with Thompson also related to the Alabama GTA case.

By the way, I want to mention that without ECA president Hal Halpin, this series would not have been possible. When I pitched the idea to Hal and asked that the gamer advocacy organization (which owns GamePolitics) cover the not-insignificant cost of acquiring the initial round of transcripts, he didn't hesitate. When we needed additional transcripts later, Hal insisted that the ECA cover the expense.

Now, I didn't get the transcripts immediately. Preparing them takes some time and we were up against the holiday crunch when Thompson's Bar trial ended in December. The court reporter had a well-deserved vacation scheduled, which added a bit of delay as well. As it worked out, I received the Junkin and Moore transcripts on January 2nd of this year and tore into them immediately. I quickly realized that, while they told a fascinating tale, the testimony of the other game-related witnesses was needed to offer a well-rounded picture of the Bar's case against Thompson, as least as it related to the video game sector.

So the wonderful court reporter and I were once again in contact. I worked out an arrangement with her to acquire the transcript of Judge Ronald Friedman, who presided over the infamous Bully case. I also sought the testimony of a pair of Blank Rome attorneys, James Smith and Rebecca Ward. Smith and Ward were Thompson's opposing counsel in the Alabama GTA wrongful death lawsuit. It was their motion which prompted Judge Moore to remove Thompson from the case. Since the Alabama incident, Smith, Ward and the Blank Rome firm have been frequent targets of Thompson's ire.

The three new transcripts arrived on January 16th. After a quick read, I set them aside since I knew the series wouldn't run for another couple of months. For maximum interest, I wanted The Bar Trial of Jack Thompson to appear in advance of Judge Tunis' decision in April. Ultimately, I pegged March 18th as the date on which the first episode would be published.

There were some other prosecution witnesses against Thompson whose testimony I did not seek because they had no relation to video game issues. For his part, Thompson called no witnesses. Rather he testified on his own behalf for the better part of a week. While I didn't believe purchasing Thompson's lengthy testimony would be cost-effective, I did advise him that GP's series was imminent and offered him an opportunity to comment on his trial. I also asked him if he would provide me with the text of his closing argument, as this would summarize his defense.

Thompson not only declined, he threatened me with legal action if I went ahead and published the series without including his transcripts. We had the following less-than-pleasant e-mail exchange in the run-up to the March 18th debut of the series:

GP (March 17): I will be having coverage this week of testimony from your December Bar trial. Would you care to comment? I’d be interested in the text of any closing statement you might have made.

 JT (March 17): Any reportage you undertake which does not correctly depict all that happened there, will be treated as libelous and actionable.  You're paying for partial transcripts at your own great risk.

GP (March 17): You are invited to comment, and I’ve asked for your closing.

JT: (March 17): I am warning you that if you have trial transcript portions to the exclusion of my portions, then you are liable.

GP: (March 17): You’re given an opportunity to address the trial, comment on the trial and provide the text of your closing.

JT (March 18): I am not giving you anything re my Bar trial, then, as anything you report will be censored by you for the purpose of harming me, as you repeatedly have done.  If you report on the trial, based on a partial transcript, then you're on the hook for any failure to report on the gist of the entire transcript and the entire trial.  Any real journalist would understand that, but then you're not a journalist. You're an industry flak.

GP (March 18): We’ll be reporting on your Bar trial (you’re a public figure, it’s news) despite your unwillingness to offer your side and despite your threats.

JT (March 18): Returned, unread, and sent to my "Dennis McCauley never reports the inconvenient truth" folder.  I spent nine days in trial.  I don't have to relive it for a twit who couldn't care less what really happened there, asshole.

GP (March 18): Well, I very much care what happened at the trial. That’s why I’m reviewing the transcripts. And I’m very interested in your side, especially your closing. That’s why I’ve asked for your comments and the text of the closing, what, four times now?

JT (March 18): It speaks for itself

Despite Thompson's threat, GamePolitics published the first installment, detailing the testimony of Clatus Junkin, as scheduled on March 18th. The following morning I received, via e-mail, a cease-and-desist demand from Thompson, which read in part:
 

You are running a series of “articles” at your site about my Bar trial by selectively procuring transcripts of the portions thereof that suit your purposes.  You have asked for me to provide you transcripts of other portions.  I neither have them nor do I have a duty to provide them if I did have them.  You have, however, a duty to procure transcripts for all portions of the trial if you are to profess to be reporting on this event in a non-libelous and fair fashion.  This is the first breach of your legal duties to me.


 

The second breach is the fact that you have prohibited me not only from posting my responses to the false and defamatory comments about me by your posters in response to the above, but you also prohibit me from accessing your site directly.  This is outrageous.  This is supposed to be a site at which people can post their comments.  You have excluded me from the opportunity to defend myself thereat...


GP: while it's true that Thompson is banned from posting, we do let his occasional post through; any responses he attempted to post to the Bar trial series were approved and appear on GP...
 

You and your parent organization are now on notice that I shall prosecute this latest assault upon me to the fullest extent of the law, and I shall look not only to you but to ECA for recompense.


Not only was the threat without merit, to give into it would effectively have ceded editorial control of GamePolitics to Thompson. Not on my watch.

Since Thompson refused to provide the text of his summary or offer any comment on the trial, I went back to the unflappable court reporter one more time, this time seeking Thompson's closing argument. Although Thompson probably wouldn't admit it, I'm convinced he got a fair shake in the Bar trial coverage. The series presented not only the witnesses' testimony, but Thompson's cross examination of them as well. An entire episode was devoted to Thompson's closing argument and two others covered nothing but his cross examination of witnesses (Judge Moore and Judge Friedman). And, while we don't have Thompson's testimony, neither do we have the Bar prosecutor's cross examination of him.

There were even some moments of unexpected levity in the series. GP readers especially enjoyed the back-and-forth between Judge Moore and Thompson over a courthouse fax machine which apparently gave up the ghost under the crushing weight of Thompson's frequent messages.

So where do we go from here?

The series has generated a great deal of interest in the Thompson case, with total reader comments running into the thousands. For his part, Thompson currently has lawsuits ongoing in U.S. District Court against the Florida Bar as well as against the Florida Supreme Court, which appointed Judge Tunis to hear the case and which will ultimately act on her recommendation. Thompson has also complained that a state-mandated loyalty oath for Judge Tunis was apparently signed by someone else. It is unclear how those allegations will play out and what effect, if any, they might have on the outcome of the Bar trial.

As a journalist who has been tracking this case for a long time, I'd be extremely surprised if Judge Tunis didn't recommend that Thompson be disbarred. On the other hand, I fully expect Thompson to appeal any such decision.

Whatever happens, do not expect Thompson to give up his culture crusade. Even as a non-lawyer, he can still act on his own behalf. He knows how to file cases. And while they may be able to take away his law license, unless the Florida Bar can confiscate his PC and his fax machine, don't count on Jack Thompson going away.

At least not quietly.

Click here for the entire series: The Bar Trial of Jack Thompson...


Comments

@Craig R.

Yes, I am.




It's really Shadow Darkman, JT's anti-thesis. I'm just playing around by posing as him, no harm intended.

I, for one, am hoping for the end of Thompson's career as a lawyer. I don't care if he wants to attack my hobbies, my parents lived with 'old fogeys' when they went out dancing to Rock'N'Roll, in fact, every generation has its flapping gum brigade, but the fact he used and abused a position of responsibility, such as being a lawyer in order to further his own cause is contemptible.

As I've said before, if lawsuits were hammers, them Slappmeister Thompson would be one of the most violent men alive. A man who claims to be anti-violence then threatens all the 'kiddies' that he's going to 'destroy' Rockstar, very non-violent and non-threatening wording there Jack....

I'll say this, even if the Research were right and Video Games do cause increased aggression in young players, they'd have to play for a hell of a long time to even come close to the hatred, bitterness and all round viciousness of Jack Thompson.

GamePolitics,

I've really enjoyed this series of transcripts. In my opinion there was no editorial slant whatsoever. You never come out and say what you wish the outcome will be.

GamePolitics qualifies as journalism much more than most mass media outlets.

@vinniethewop

well what did you expect him to say "soon ill be loosing my liscense" lol

@Thad and GP
They also hired Karl Rove.

“I don’t have to relive it for a twit who couldn’t care less what really happened there, asshole.”

I happened to be eating at the time of reading and nearly choked in laughter after seeing this. Of course Mr. Thompson has never been especially courteous, but it still catches me by suprise. The man is an attorney and behaves like a middle school graduate.

@GP, whp wrote:

"While personally I wouldn’t drag my family issues into a business matter the way he did here, I really don’t believe he would make that up."

I'm not heard to say I believe he made it up, either. But we are talking about a person whose listed mistatements on any number of topics strech a mile long. Time and time again, it has been found beyond reasonable doubt that something Jack said was fact just ain't so in fact. I'll spare you the long list.

I believe some but not all of Jack's mistatements spring from malice. Some, I suspect, are attributable to misinformation. Or misapprehesion. Or mild retardation. But whatever the motive, the conclusion remains that there is very little rational basis for taking a word Jack Thompson says on face value.

That's partly why the outcome of Mr. Thompson's disciplinary proceeding is of importance to the public. Because if Judge Tunis agrees, as the Bar alleges, that Mr. Thompson has not once or twice but repeatedly and cavalierly made gross self-serving mistatements and false statements, then he'll have to walk around for the rest of his natural life with that big "ZERO CREDIBILITY" sticker on his forehead. It's always in the public's interest to be able to clearly spot the bullshit artists from a mile away.

@Mark Carter:

Jack's just doing what his modus operandi always calls for: spout some legal nonsense, end it with "Jack Thompson, Attorney and You're Not," and then claim that as a basis for your having to do whatever it is he wants you to do. He's as predictable as day turns to night.

And Jack wouldn't know the law of anything, libel or otherwise (and probably doesn't care to, anyway), if you whacked him upside his head with one of them big-ass books they be using in law school.

@archgabe

your right ooh it just hit me

"hypicrite and your not"

You know, I've put a lot of thought into what I'm about to say.. and I have to admit that Jack Thompson is doing what he thinks is the right thing to do. Yes, maybe sometimes he gets a bit carried away or his tactics are a little bizarre but you must also look at what he's done for the society in whole.

He's brought awareness to parents so they can protect their child from content they feel is not appropriate for them to see. He's shown that video games can corrupt the youths mind, just as MTV and most of todays TV shows have corrupted everyone elses. (seriously, up until about 10 years ago, I've never seen kids do such disgusting dancing where they're rubbing their bodies against each other etc). He has even taught parents to pay more attention to their kids and get to know them again.

It's these days where most working-class people have to work two jobs just to make ends meet. Parents aren't home enough to know and understand what their children are doing when they're not.

Up until now, parents weren't educated on what their kids COULD be playing and the affects it MIGHT have on them if they're not told, "Hey, you know this is a video game. I don't want to see you act this out, if I do, then you won't be allowed to play them anymore, and you'll not be going to your friends house to play it either."

My point is, and I hope I've stated everything here, Jack Thompson has opened up a very large door for parents. I can agree with most that some of his manners are a bit out there, but hey.. think of it this way. If a parent, such as mine or yours, can't step up and say "I don't want my kids playing these games because they're too violent." Then who else will?

Parents can stop their kids from playing games, but that doesn't stop the kid from playing them. Jack gave parents a reason to monitor their kids more closely to make sure they're not going to be raging killers.

I'm not a violent person, and I play violent video games. The only time I have ever fought, was in self-defense in 6th grade. I don't get angry, I don't get all uptight over every little thing. I'm not affiliated with gangs, or doing drugs and drinking alcohol. My family has never owned a gun, and I will never own a gun.

My closing statement will be that Jack Thompson is a good man, who was and still is being attacked by nearly every person out there. Now imagine yourself in his shoes, would you want everyone to hate you because you felt that video games are the cause of violence? Might I add that music and movies also play a big role in this, because it's all entertainment.

I refuse to attack him. I will support him and his mission, but I will do it in a different way. I will open a campaign to bring a positive awareness to parents about video games, what they are and what they could do if not under control.

It's like this in example. Marijuana, I've seen it on TV and what its effects are. People say it started off as "giving it a try" now they're hustling it to get more for themselves. It became an addiction that has -gone out of control-. Video games can be an addiction that loses control.

GP, feel free to have Jack Thompson e-mail me in comment. I'm sure he'd be willing to if he read this. :)

I hope everyone understands and we all come to terms, good terms. Please no flaming..

@jdkj

ive downloaded transcripts from heriet mejers (her admission attempt in to scotus) jonathon lee riches and jt

yes i am

@AlphaCentero
I think you're misunderstanding why a lot of gamers are anti-Jack. It is one thing to raise awareness by saying, "Be careful about what games your children buy" and another to say, "OMG, this game kills people! It’s training players to be efficient killers! Rockstar are like miniature satans and I’m the messiah!" Which is completely untrue - and I’m walking proof of that, as well as 90% of the rest of the gaming populace. Hell, I’m afraid to pick up a gun and you’d probably have a heart-attack if you knew the kind of movies, books and games I’ve been allowed to watch/read/play since even before I was a teen.

As you say, a gamer needs some sort of stimulus to get them twisted but then, doesn’t that make the stimuli the cause and not the game?

As for parents not knowing, well, as I started this post off hinting… there are a lot of better ways to make them aware. Funnily enough, I wouldn’t be surprised if some kid’s are getting the beating of their lives after their parents see Jack Thompson’s report. Can you imagine the shock it’d give those poor parents?

“Boy, I hear you’ve been practicin’ killing people…”
“What, dahday no!”
*Pummels*

Finally, he attacks developers instead of the people who actually regulate that sort of thing, like the ESRB, retailers, etc. I don’t want to see my favourite developer go down just because Jack’s rants caused so much confusion as to make the courts actually believe the Dev’s were responsible. Sure, attack the dev for things like hot-coffee and if you lose, well, then tough, but don’t stalk them.

He was also attempting to stifle freedom of expression through his nonsense. Remember how he was trying to ban specific adult games through that whole “public nuisance” bit? So now adults can’t have games created for them?

The thing that always confused me is that Thompson, quite rightly, claims that no amounts of threats or harassments are going to stop him from pursuing what he feels to be the right thing.

That's all fine and good, but why the hell does it not sink through his head that him doing exactly the same thing to other people will have exactly the same lack of result?

@Timmay! -- "Joe Walsh from NIMF I respect, Leeland Yee I respect, but I have no good words for Jack Thompson."

I think you meant David Walsh. Joe Walsh was in The Eagles and a heck of a guitarist. :)

@Dog Welder:

Ya gotta love love the part about:

"Without Jack throwing lawsuits at everyone, todays parents wouldn’t be given a reason to be aware of what their child is doing whether it’s watching TV or playing a video game."

At least that was good for a chuckle. More like if Jack's frivolous and bound-to-lose lawsuits that he throws at everyone weren't cluttering and clogging up the legal sytem along with all the other nut-case litigants out there, maybe -- just maybe -- a parent with a righteous wrongful death lawsuit against a drunk motorist who killed their child wouldn't have to wait 10 years to recieve compensation for their loss.

It's almost as if there is no reasoning with you.

@Buncha Kneejerks --

What reasoning? You came in and said nothing.

A post like "Pot calling, kettle, come in kettle" is not reasoning.

I predict a second book from Jacky Boy, put together as a futile attempt to spin his inevitable loss of license. I can see it now: Pages and pages of crack-pot conspiracy theories on how the video game industry is taking over the world, his vows to keep "fighting the good fight", and numerous comparisons of himself to Jesus.

Erik:

"Sorry. They have too much power NOT to be a government entity.
... Although autonomous they wield much much too much power just to be some corporation, thus they are government."

And once again I say I am wasting my breath on you. You clearly don't understand what a government entity is and refuse to budge on it despite pleas for you to do some research if you don't believe me.

At this point I'm not going to bother talking to you again. Your opinion can stay as it is if it makes you feel better. At some stage people just aren't worth correcting. Good night.

Now now eric, behave. You know what i'm talking about.

“I think the latter is more likely (company)”

So we go with utter frightening then, gotcha.

"So you think its acceptible for a child to be able to walk in an purchase either of those dvds?"

I believe I just said yes.

"Statistics by polling significant amounts of the population. Most UK citizens think they do a good job."


Which is, again, opinion, but on a large scale.

"My intent was to educate, it just was wasted is all."


Wait no, your propaganda is working. You have convinced me that I should hand over my freedom of thought to a soulless bureaucracy. Heil FCC Heil BBFC!

Wait, no. Now I realize that that is sarcasm.

Sorry, I have no desire to be "educated" by someone who lets the BBFC do their thinking for them. If I want that information I'll get it from the BBFC directly and cut out you, the middleman.

"unless the Florida Bar can confiscate his PC and his fax machine, don’t count on Jack Thompson going away quietly."

Sad but true. Sad but true.

We really appreciate all the troubles you've had to endure to do this series. While some of it certainly gives you enough of a laugh to almost make it worthwhile, the painful parts combined with JT's childish threats nearly cancel it out as well...

All in all, I can't wait to see what hilarious, frivolous, and ridiculous tirades he'll get into when Judge Tunis's final recommendation comes out...
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

Somehow, I gather Jack is more than willing to continue his "agenda", but on the other hand, I'm also inclined to think that he'll switch his attention to the Florida Bar Association, or at least divide it. You can't wage a war on two fronts, and I think that'll more or less silence him.

I wonder what it would take for them to confiscate his PC and fax machine? There are presidents for people who commit crimes via such devices being bared from using them....

I find it odd how Jack is convinced GP will never report anything "truthfully", but still insists on sending press releases.

We all pay way too much attention to this most ultimate of all asshats. I am never ready another story on JT EVER again. Fuck this moron. Ignore him like you would ignore a small annoying child.

It's been a great series Dennis. Regardless of what happens to ol' Jack, it's been great reading these transcripts themselves, raw. Despite his shortcomings, JT certainly knows how to manipulate the law, as any good lawyer should. It was also interesting to see how devoted to his cause he is; oddly enough I have a bit more respect for him now.

I typed this famous question on a commentary about this series I did on my blog (sorry for the self-promo). This question sums up my feelings about Jack Thompson's actions during the trial:

@Jack Thompson
Have you no sense of decency, sir?

I applaud your effort in this series, GP. It was some quality reporting.

but "disbarred ex-lawyer" doesn't read as positively as "civil rights lawyer" when on Faux News.

God...I love Thompson's "logic", it never ceases to amaze. If the claims he makes about GP's legal duty to report everything were true, it would cripple the media.

The Presidential Primaries for example? You would have to print every speech by every candidate in every city in it's entirety. That's ridiculous...of course, ridiculousness never stopped the Jack Thompson Logic Train before!

Thanks Dennis, for providing us with all of this information. While there was more info that would likely have been very interesting (the cross examination of JT himself) this series doesn't editorialize and simply presents the facts of the trial. Good work!

And the sad thing is that I think poor Jack still can't put together that "calling people who ask him for comments assholes" and "is currently on trial to keep his license" might, in fact, have some relation.

I love how you give him a chance to comment and say his side, and then he threatens you with legal action because he claims your article will be one sided.... he is an idiot.

Doesn't matter. Fox can call him whatever they want.

An excellent series of articles from an excellent site. Seems to me that the editor's frontal lobe is operating just fine, Mr. Thompson.

Even as a non-lawyer, he can still act on his own behalf.

He's always acted on his own behalf so really nothing changes.

He may not go down quietly but it will sure as hell be harder to push his agenda around. I think it's right that GP did not let Thompson post on the comments because all I can see coming out of it is legal action and scream obsentys at us.

So thank you GamePolitics for this insightful series into the twisted mind of Jack Thompson. So if there is one more I can't wait to read that also.

JT if you are reading this you had your chance to comment and all you did was throw it all away be means of legal. It's GP right to post this as is your right to say all those things you said.

Tell me this, does him calling you an Asshole and Twit, not really prove to everyone that he is unable to act professionally?

Could he even be brought to task for that?

I mean, personally, i would have thought that the way he treats you Dennis, is grounds to go the florida bar alone, and make a complaint, ESPECIALLY after you gave him FOUR chances to put his side forward.

He is such a two faced, lying wretch.

Dennis,

I've said it before, but thanks for providing this series of articles, and a thank you to Hal for providing the funding for these articles.

They've given us an insight into the working mind of a person I personally feel is a complete and utter lunatic. Fortunately, nobody will ever accuse Jack of being a competent attorney, either.

Excellent series, GP. You've provided a much needed glimpse into the personalized injuries which, sadly, Mr. Thompson seems to relish inflicting upon others. This isn't always immediately apparent from casual observation or the media's coverage of Mr. Thompson. Continue to stand by your convictions.

@fan357

Faux News *will* call him whatever they want, since they are always interested in blurring fiction with facts.

Dennis, this has been the interesting reporting I've read on your site. I admit that I read all of the Thompson posts just to see what he's up to next. Thank you. I just love how you respond to him very respectfully, while he responds to you as "asshole". Perhaps YOU should be the lawyer.

I think the "fax machine" bit was the best and is on its way to becoming a new meme.

Will you be reporting on the claims he's made about Judge Tunis loyalty oath and its outcome in the near future?

I don't believe for a minute that Jack disliked the fact that you were running the story on him. In fact, I think he loved it, no matter what he claims he would do. This man gets off on the attention that Dennis, Fox News and others give to him. If video games weren't a hot button issue, JT wouldn't be here or could care less about gamers as a whole. I look forward to the ruling by Judge Tunis. We will not hear the last of JT by any stretch of the imagination, but at least he won't be infecting the court system with his pointless, unfounded litigation as often.

Great series Dennis, I would love to see more like this on other issues affecting the gaming community in the future.

hahahahhaha, Jack io know you're reading this right now pissed you can't respond.. so i offer this to you

Fuck you, you worthless hack your license you spent so much money and time to get is being taken away because you were a terrible lawyer.

Hope you enjoyed all your wasted effort in life..

HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA

And, please, if you do cover the outcome of the loyalty oath defense, give some page-time to the flag fringe defense. Of the two legal lunacies, it's my favorite one.

When the disbarment ruling comes through, I call on all of us to burn a fax machine in Jack's honor.

Dennis and GP this was a really awesome effort, you deserve a standing O!!
Since the start of the series, I have faithfully read everything and even took the initiative of looking up the JT wikipedia entry.

That paints a more complete picture of what a misguided sleaze JT turned into. His story almost starts off as a crusader against evil who eventually gets turned to the dark side, by his own arrogance.

I say almost because his position seems to be that pop culture is the root of all modern evil. I'm suprised that idiot hasn't tried to sue the makers
of flight simulators as terrorist training tools.

JT is on par with the wacko Mom that protests military funerals and has her kids holding signs that read "God hates you."

In all fairness, you should let JT send in a statement to defend himself. I understand that blocking him from the posts is necessary, he demonstrated
what he can do to a fax machine.

This way, he is presented with an opportunity to correct any misconceptions he feels are out there against him. i.e. a litigious natured, offensive petty little man with delusions of grandeur who has no qualms with unethical behavior.
 
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ZippyDSMleeWouldn't they be able to afford and get done in a timely manner a general gba emluator for the 3DS? It seems to me if they want to make money off sales they need to do it.07/31/2014 - 7:25am
Sora-ChanAmbassador program, that's what I was looking for. Anyway the other games that have been made no longer exclusive to the early adopters got updates in their software. It'll only be a matter of time more than likely for the GBA to get the same treatment.07/31/2014 - 5:35am
Sora-ChanI might be naming it incorrectly when I say "founder" i mean the program for earlier adopters.07/31/2014 - 5:34am
Sora-Chanthe 3DS's GBA emulator was a rush job due to the founder program. No other GBA titles have been released on the 3DS yet. If/When they do get around to it, they'll more than likely update the emulation software.07/31/2014 - 5:32am
Zenemulator...it's not just a slap job that makes "some" work..they do it for each which is why they work so well. I would rather have the quality over just a slap job.07/30/2014 - 5:48pm
ZenMatthew there is a difference between "worked" and "accurate". You play the Nintendo VC titles they play as damn close to the original as possible. The PSP would just run them as best they could, issues and all. And Masked...EACH VC title has their own07/30/2014 - 5:48pm
MaskedPixelanteOnce again, the 3DS already HAS a GBA emulator, it just can't run at the same time as the 3DS OS.07/30/2014 - 4:54pm
Matthew Wilsonyou cant street pass in ds mode ether, and if moders can make a gba emulator that runs very well on the psp as I understand it. you are telling me that Nintendo devs are not as good as moders?07/30/2014 - 4:49pm
Zenperformance. Halo 1 and 2 worked great because they actually did custom work on each of them...just like Nintendo does now lol07/30/2014 - 4:08pm
Zenexisting hardware while the GBA has to be emulated completely. Same reason the 360 couldn't run most Original Xbox games correctly, or had issues because they just did "blanket approach" for their emulation which led to game killing bugs or horrible07/30/2014 - 4:07pm
ZenSora/Matthew: It's not just Miiverse, but the whole idea of streetpass and things like that would be affected if the OS is not running. And just because a 3DS game can be downloaded and run does not mean that GBA can as easily. Those 3DS games use the07/30/2014 - 4:06pm
E. Zachary KnightSleaker, How is that different from every other credit card company targeting high school and college students?07/30/2014 - 1:40pm
Sleaker@EZK - I think some people are concerned beacuse it's a predatory technique targetted toward younger people that don't understand on top of offering the worst interest rates of any retailer around.07/30/2014 - 11:33am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/07/30/europe-gets-long-detained-shin-megami-tensei-4-at-cut-price/ "Sorry you had to wait a year for SMT4, would a price cut make it sting less?"07/30/2014 - 10:29am
NeenekoI would hope not. Though it is not unheard of for store specific cards to be pretty good.07/30/2014 - 8:17am
E. Zachary KnightDoes anyone, or at least any intelligent person, expect a retail branded credit card to be anything close to resembling a "good deal" on interest rates?07/30/2014 - 7:13am
SleakerGamestop articles popping up everywhere about their ludicrous new Credit card offerings at a whopping pre-approval for 26.9% APR07/29/2014 - 10:19pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/07/podcasting-patent-troll-we-tried-to-drop-lawsuit-against-adam-carolla/ the podcasting patent troll scum is trying to turn tail and run.07/29/2014 - 9:50pm
MaskedPixelanteOf course it's improved. At launch, Origin was scanning your entire hard drive, but now it's just scanning your browsing history. If that's not an improvement, I dunno what is!07/29/2014 - 8:59pm
Papa Midnighthttp://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/columns/experienced-points/12029-Has-EAs-Origin-Service-Improved-Any-Over-the-Last-Two-Years07/29/2014 - 8:25pm
 

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