Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says Bar Trial Judge... FL Supreme Court Must Now Rule

May 20, 2008 -

The judge who presided over Jack Thompson's Florida Bar trial late last year has recommended that the controversial attorney be found guilty on 27 of 31 professional misconduct charges. The Florida Supreme Court must now rule on those recommendations.

In a report issued last week, Judge Dava Tunis writes:

After considering the arguments presented by the Florida Bar and the Respondent (Thompson), observing the Respondent's demeanor during the nine-day trial proceedings, and carefully reviewing the record consisting of four volumes of exhibits totaling 1700 pages and approximately 2400 pages of transcribed testimony, the Court finds that the facts, circumstances and evidence presented regarding the Respondent's conduct, supports a finding of guilt as to certain Florida Bar rules...

Tunis made 21 recommendations of guilt in relation to Thompson's participation in Strickland vs. Sony, an Alabama case in which the anti-game attorney represented the families of two police officers and a police dispatcher slain by 18-year-old Grand Theft Auto player Devin Moore.

Tunis also recommended that Thompson be found guilty on four out of five counts relating to his 2006 attempt to have Rockstar's Bully declared a public nuisance in a case before Miami Judge Ronald Friedman. An additional two guilty counts stemmed from a non-video game matter.

Among the Florida Bar offenses for which Judge Tunis has recommended a guilty verdict:

  • Knowingly making a false statement of material fact or law to a tribunal
  • Knowingly disobeying an obligation under the rules of a tribunal
  • Communicating the merits of the case with a judge before whom the proceeding is pending
  • Using means that have no purpose other than to embarrass, delay or burden a third person
  • Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation
  • Engaging in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, including to knowingly or through callous indifference disparage or humiliate litigants or other lawyers
  • Making statements that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to the truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge

Judge Tunis's full report to the Florida Supreme Court is due on September 2nd. In the meantime, a disciplinary hearing regarding possible sanctions against Thompson will be held before Judge Tunis on June 4th.

For his part, Thompson has made a number of allegations concerning Judge Tunis, including a complaint that state-mandated loyalty oaths were either not signed by the judge or were signed by others. Thompson also has filed federal lawsuits against the Florida Bar and Florida Supreme Court in relation to the Bar charges and other sanctions.

For all GamePolitics coverage of the Bar Trial of Jack Thompson, including transcripts, click here.


Comments

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

In the words of a once powerful Emperor, "and we shall have peace."  Once this is done, just wait.  The civil suits will be next in the list.  Heh heh heh.  Grats to everyone who helped bring this sad, sorry bugger to his well deserved end.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Finally we may be getting rid of that fucking asshole. I can wait to see how he responds to this.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Haha! Yes Jack, life is not what it is supposed to be is it? Your sorrow sustains me!!! -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.
Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Regardless of what happens on June 4 or later, this whole thing will go on for a long time.  JT will likely bring all kinds of appeals, counter-suits, and general harrassment out like he always does.  And you can count on him trying to play the "my wife has cancer" card.

It still boggles the mind why he even got himself into this mess- there are plenty of anti-games (and anti-gamer) folk who are able to do so without getting into this much trouble.  And there are plenty of Christian activists (who are lawyers & politicians) who push their agendas without problem.  The only explanation I can come up with for his outrageous behavior is a mental problem.

Thompson needs to learn from Yee.  Mr Yee still manages to push his anti-game agenda, fraught with lies and hyperbole, but still knows how to treat others with respect.  Whether he is genuine in his manners is a non-issue...the man knows how to act like a mature adult- not the man-child Jack Thompson CONSTANTLY demonstrates himself to be.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

I personally want him to try the "my wife has cancer" appeal again. During my e-mail convo with him, he said she had it over a year ago and is now doing fine. He tries it, I'm calling B.S. unless he can prove her cancer has returned.

I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce "Jack" Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Please let him try it.

 

My wife has had cancer. 3 times. Including brain cancer. She's been cut open so many times, she looks like a jigsaw puzzle with her scars in places. A year after we were married, she slipped into a coma. On our 1st anniversary, the doctors handed me a DNR order and suggested I sign it. The cancer was removed, but she was in a coma for 108 days. The damage done by the cancer still gives her problems to this day, and this was in 1990. She has balance problems, vision problems, short term memory problems, and will never be able to carry a child or even get pregnant. and what is worse that when she slipped into a coma was that she was pregnant and miscarried.

 

Yeah, your wife has cancer. Bring it, oh please, bring it. I dare you, Jack. I double dare you. I triple dog dare you.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

You tried e-mailing him about that?

I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

He suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. I linked to American criteria for the disorder in a previous Jack article. IIRC it states that a person needs to exhibit a certain number of the criteria to be considered as suffering from NPD. Jack exhibits ALL of them. He may be the greatest example of someone with NPD in the modern world.

So Jack doesn't really have any choice in his actions. He's incapable of acting civilly or logically, as only he is correct and only he is intelligent enough to understand this. This has been evidenced multiple times when he has attacked his supporters when they didn't support him unquestionably. Also, they make useful scapegoats, since it was they who screwed up, not him.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

27 of 31 achivements eh? Thats pretty impressive, that'd be what, 800 gamerpoints?

Either way, I can't help but be oddly satisfied by this result, seems that sometimes habitual liars really DO get punished rather than elected to government office...

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

This is just awesome. About time that loudmouthed brat got what's coming for him.

Didn't he already got discharged or some such once already?

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

He was sanctioned by the Florida Supreme Court, as in he couldn't file any motions to them unless it was signed by a lawyer other than himself.

He still did anyway, though, i think.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

One word, and one word ONLY.

HOOAH!!!

Can we sing and dance to "Caramelldansen" (by Caramell) while J.T. is placed in the Funny Farm?

I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce "Jack" Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Oh my God, shut UP!

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

He can't, the games have control of his mind!!!

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

??? WTF?

I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

I swear Shadow Darkman is doing research on internet memes...

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Incorrect. I heard the song on YouTube and I really like it. Hence, my request.

I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce "Jack" Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Wow, its been a long time since I posted in Gamepolitics.

This is funny. Finally, that bastard is getting what he deserved. How much time and/or money will he have to pay if he is found guilty?

From your second favorite Saskatooner
Indy :p

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Nice to see things here are working again.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

So Jack might get thrown in the slammer??? Looks like that will teach him. Oh and has this site been SLOW for anyone. I have not been able to get to it most of the day with its SLOW loading. Was suprised to be able to log in for once today. :P

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

There will be no jail time from this proceeding. This just involves his license to practice law. If anything warranted criminal charges, that would be separate.  And nothing stands out that would warrant criminal charges, anyway.


 

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

aren't libel and slander punishable by american law?

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Not criminally.  It takes a civil suit to win anything for defamation (of which libel and slander are two forms).  As far as I know, nobody has filed a civil suit against JT alleging that he has defamed them.  Likely, nobody will--it would just draw attention and not accomplish much.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Oh, and even if someone did sue for defamation and win, that would just result in a money judgment, not jail.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

I think it's even more complicated than that.  I'm no law student, but I'm pretty sure you need to have suffered some kind of harm as a result of the defamation if you want to have a case.  As such, Take Two might have a case, citing loss of sales resulting from these baseless trials, sales losses from raising SA to AO rating, or even legal fees, but the average gamer wouldn't be able to make a slander charge stick, IIRC.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

You need to prove that they knowingly lied (in this case, either they know they were making false statements or should have known they were making false statements) and intended to defame.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

For the curious, here's a little primer on exactly how this disciplinary stuff works.  This is very general, and I don't know the peculiarities of Florida.

A state's highest court is generally the "head" of the bar.  Everything from admission to discipline is officially in its hands.  But most tasks are delegated to the state's Bar Association, for obvious reasons.  When there are allegations of misconduct, the Bar usually has at least one person who is responsible for investigating them.  If there's something to the allegations, Bar Counsel can initiate proceedings.  In some places, they begin in hearings before a committee of the bar.  In Florida, from what I can tell (I haven't researched this), it appears the process is begun by filing an action in the Supreme Court, then the Court delegates the fact-finding to a trial judge.  Ultimately, however, the Supreme Court is responsible for any discipline.

As far as that discipline goes, bar sanctions can range anywhere from a private sanction to disbarment.  The type of sanction depends on a variety of factors, including whether there was actual harm to a client, the number of violations, whether the lawyer has taken responsibility and cooperated with the Bar's investigation, etc.  Disbarment takes quite a bit of misconduct to earn.  Even if someone is disbarred, most states (maybe all, I'm not sure) allow the person to re-apply to the bar after a set time, commonly 5 years.  There are certain requirements, however.  For example, the would-be lawyer must keep up with continuing education requirements during the intervening period.

Right now, we still don't know what kind of disciplinary action Judge Tunis will recommend, which appears to be the purpose of the June 4 hearing.  But given the number and nature of the violations (false statements to a tribunal is pretty bad in lawyer circles), I don't think disbarment is out of the question.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Right now, we still don't know what kind of disciplinary action Judge Tunis will recommend, which appears to be the purpose of the June 4 hearing. But given the number and nature of the violations (false statements to a tribunal is pretty bad in lawyer circles), I don't think disbarment is out of the question.

Number, nature, and the fact that Thompson's been fighting this investigation screaming invectives, throwing insults, mocking his fellow professionals, and generally making the whole thing into a debacle of a three ring circus - every step of the way. Given all that I'd imagine that disbarment's up for some pretty serious consideration. Sure State Bars hate to strip one of their members of the right to practice their profession, but Jack's pretty much done his damnedest to make anything less out of the question. Forget straying across the line, Jack pretty much charged across it firing artillery shells all the way. If they can't get him to admit professional error on his part, what hope do they have of him changing his ways (which is generally the point of lesser sanctions)?

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Only 27 out of 31?

Somebody please email Jack Thompson a link to the Grand Theft: Court Time walkthru, so that he can work on getting 100% completion.

--Ray

 

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

does that include taunting the presiding judge "27 out of 31? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You're too stupid, you can't even find me guilty of those last 4 charges? what a n00b!"

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

I think Jackie boy was just pissed that he could never beat super mario bros. and he just started his rant from there.

 

What a goon. I wish they'd just get rid of him. Suck one jack thompson you're a douche.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Guiness, Hard Cider, and Irish Whiskey for all!!!

From this day forward, May 21st will be known as Gaming Truth day and will be celebrated with LAN Parties, split screen co-op and multiplayer, and the playing of M rated games by Mature individuals. It shall be a holy day in the halls of gamer history, and remember as the day that the Anti-Gamer had been defeated.

Brothers and Sisters, can I get a Game Over?!?

"The Good, the Bad, and the Videogame" Reviews on the best, worst, and controversial issues of Videogames. gryphonosiris.blogspot.com/

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

"Brothers and Sisters, can I get a Game Over?!?"

How's this? doo doo-doo doo-doo-doo doo-doo-doo DOO!

It's supposed to be the famous "Game Over" thing from Super Mario Bros.

I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce "Jack" Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Holy Crap, I got through the turmoil.

I wanted to say more, but it was lost. As far as I can tell, this amounts to a jury trial finding a defendant guilty. It's then up to another court, in actuality usually the same, to pass the sentence. So Judge Tunis has acted as a jury in finding JT guilty. Now it's up to the sentencing judge/jury to weigh in on the merits of the case to determine the punishment.

JT's case is no different from any criminal trial's. A criminal defendant can be found guilty but let off on timed served, given probation, or given a fine for his/her actions (or jail, termination). It's up to the presiding body.

Jack is in no better position than any criminal who has been found guilty. He could be faced with life in prison, or no appreciable penalty. It's just a matter of semantics, i.e. disbarment or a warning/limited censure.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

I mean really, 27 out of 31 professional misconduct charges?

All I can say is this:

"Hit the road Jack, and don't you come back no more..." XD

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

I would SERIOUSLY pay someone to sit outside the courthouseon the day of his sentencing (JUNE 4) and play that LOUDLY on a boom box the moment he steps out.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

So would I. Hell, I'd do it.

I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Please do mate, be sure to video it & put it on youtube

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

This member of the bar should not be disbared but

D I S M E M B E R E D

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Unfortunately, JT's e-peen is practically invincible, almost as if it was made out of some metallic substance...

/He. Is. Iron Maaan... :P

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Begin tuning up the band.....

 

 

Nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey hey hey........

Re: LOLWTF

"First Amendment Attorney"? "School Shooting Expert"? My God, what title is Fox News NOT willing to give this man? Like, seriously? It is unbelieveable to me that they can't understand how big of an idiot this man it.

Re: LOLWTF

It's not Fox News, dammit! IT'S FAUX NOISE!!! YOUR EPIC PH@I1 IS OVER NINE-THOUSAAAAAANNND!!!

I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce "Jack" Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Another astounding Thompson Victory....

 

Still, he didn't do bad, it took the Bar nearly a year to figure out what we already knew, that Thompson is a liar and a fraud.

 

GoodRobotUs

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

OMG... I'm going to faint I'm so happy.

www.jackthompson.org

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

This day just keeps getting better!

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Odd that we haven't heard from Jack yet... Too busy weeping? Nervous breakdown? Perhaps he he's plotting revenge?

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Maybe he's drawing up a victory speech as we speak.

I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

get ready for the swinging of the disbar-hammer..lawl

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Will Code Avarice's Paranautical Activity make its way back onto Steam?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Technogeekprh99: Gamergate and Adobe deserve each other.10/22/2014 - 2:55am
Andrew EisenAdam McKay directed cartoon about income inequality. https://screen.yahoo.com/we-the-economy/inequality-1-unbelievable-sweet-alpacas-175411663.html10/21/2014 - 8:54pm
prh99Bit.ly Maintainance here is the original http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/10/after-gamergate-tweet-adobe-distances-itself-from-gawker-bullying/10/21/2014 - 8:39pm
prh99Adobe calls out Gawker for GG bullying and backpedals...sort of. http://bit.ly/1pyM4Yg10/21/2014 - 8:35pm
Neo_DrKefkaThanks James. Means a lot.10/21/2014 - 7:24pm
prh99Nothing that hasn't been said.10/21/2014 - 6:52pm
Andrew EisenHaven't read it yet. I'm sharing this because I love the header image. http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/10/gamergate-should-stop-lying-to-itself.html10/21/2014 - 3:39pm
james_fudgeYou are one of us, you're a GPer, not a GGer :)10/21/2014 - 2:27pm
james_fudgeNeo_DrKefka: half of them don't know who that is, so no worries :)10/21/2014 - 2:27pm
Andrew EisenUpdate to the Paranautical Activity story. Dev leaves the studio. http://codeavarice.com/post/100592709238/mike-is-leaving-code-avarice10/21/2014 - 1:52pm
quiknkoldI'm sure you are, Andrew10/21/2014 - 1:44pm
Andrew EisenNintendo announced the Link amiibo is compatible with Hyrule Warriors. No idea how Nintendo expects anyone to give a toss if it don't tell us what it does. Then again, maybe I'm just being curmudgeonly.10/21/2014 - 1:25pm
Neo_DrKefkaSo Gamergate compared me to leftist Saul Alnsky....ME off all the people10/21/2014 - 1:16pm
IanCWell.... quite.10/21/2014 - 1:10pm
Andrew EisenWell of course. Girls don't buy figurines and guys don't buy figurines of girls. And no, the girls that buy figurines and the guys that buy figurines of girls don't count. The money belongs on the table, thank you very much!10/21/2014 - 12:43pm
IanCI have 3 of the Disney Infinity figures even though i don't have the game (Rapunzel from Tangled, and Anna & Elsa from Frozen, purely because its the only way to get figures from those two films)10/21/2014 - 12:23pm
Andrew EisenGlad you said "Pokemon." That's the first time I've seen anyone use that abbreviation.10/21/2014 - 12:14pm
MaskedPixelanteGot my demo key for ORAS, hope I get some awesome Pokemon to bring over.10/21/2014 - 12:08pm
E. Zachary KnightNot owning a WiiU helps too.10/21/2014 - 11:39am
E. Zachary KnightI have avoided Skylanders and Disney Infinity so far, so I don't see how Amiibos will get me in their grasp.10/21/2014 - 11:39am
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician