Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

June 4, 2008 -

Jack Thompson has a date in court today.

As previously reported by GamePolitics, the embattled attorney faces a sanctions hearing before Judge Dava Tunis in Miami at 2 p.m.

Judge Tunis, appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve as referee in the Florida Bar's prosecution of Thompson on professional misconduct charges, recently recommended that Thompson be found guilty on 27 of 31 counts.

Today, the judge is expected to issue her recommendation on penalties for Thompson, which could include disbarment. Recent comments by Thompson indicate that he expects to be disbarred.

Whatever Tunis recommends, the final say belongs to the Florida Supreme Court, which will receive Tunis's final report on September 2nd.

GamePolitics will update Thompson's situation as soon as we get word from Miami.


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Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

It is often hard not to be more jovial/immature or celebrate when someone behind so much negative energy and action is nearing the consequences of his or her actions.  I mean, of all the talking heads out there spewing the nonsense that videogames were to blame for all the ills of society and not parents and society's failures in general, does anyone else really top the list?  I look at it this way, a little bit of the poor taste, immaturity, and nonsense he injected in the public eye is coming back at him.  Some of it is coming at him via the court's potentially career-ending results come September, and some of it from average people of all walks of life who are tired of being blamed, directly, and indirectly, for problems that we are often not responsible for.

While I think some posts are a bit much, I can say the same about some of the well known antics that Jack found himself committing.  Using the victims of Virginia Tech in his war against the industry, for example.  His antics were often demeaning to the real life suffering of survivors, family members, and that's just one group of people he tried to prop up as proof of the danger of videogames.  What about the families of children who chose, yes chose, to commit horrible crimes, whom he held up as proof of the deadly results of videogame consumption?  What about the thousands of children out there slipping through the cracks of the system because of situations they cannot control, but he could stand up against rather than champion idiocy?

There is a line where we actually become the enemy of logic that we find so offensive, and I should hope most people reading this, or hearing the stories know how to recognize when they themselves have become no better.  We all have opinions and thankfully, many of us are not in positions such as Jack was, so that we might have the power to exploit our personal beliefs and bring about an agenda.  We are not talking heads spewing inflammatory comments on major networks, but find ourselves confined to a smaller viewing audience.  I have no ill will towards Jack personally, but for the families of those whose memories and pain he spit on, I would surely kick him in the nuts were I to find him walking about my little pond.  Or at the very least, spit on him and express my extreme distaste for his brand of profitable lying.

That's my opinion and I try not to pass it off as fact.  I am entitled to feeling disgusted by someone who uses the dead to further his career.  I hope he does well in whatever career he finds himself in, should he be disbarred, so long as he stops using people's grief as fuel for his maniacal spree of false reporting, and hatred.  There are plenty of other jobs out there for him, and I’m sure he will have little trouble getting book deals or other gigs lined up by supportive peanut gallery dwellers with their heads up their asses. :)  I wish him much luck to find his true calling, or something that fulfills him in some way.  He is still alive to enjoy that luxury, as are those reading this post.

It's a Party?

Drinks for everyone!!!

 

But seriously, I'm not surprised at this one little bit. He's acted like an unrepentant ass for so many years now, honestly believing that the rules apply to everyone else, but not to him. This is his just deserts, and what a rich one it is.

Tonight, I drink Cider to celebrate the sweetness of this victory, Apple Jack to remember the rotten apple that brought it forth, and play GTA IV to remember the lies he told. Cheers mates!!!

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Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

Looks like there's already been alot of reporting here by first-handers, but I thought I'd share this as well.  Kotaku has some first hand reportage, as well as JT's complaint:

http://kotaku.com/5013148/jack-thompson-walks-out-on-hearing-court-recom...

(sorry Dennis if I'm breaking a rule by posting this link).

Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

Nah nah nah nah

Nah nah nah nah

hey hey hey

GOODBYE!!!!!

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This fits perfectly to this situation:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZCSicdfSc9M

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Great soundtrack, Tomx!

Now if we could only find someone to work on the video and make it more JT focus, you'd have a number one hit on your hands!

Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

You fools! Don't you see, this is the beginning of the end for the Florida Bar! Through these deliberately unconstitutional actions, they have forfitted their 'right' to oversee the actions of lawyers in this state. By not allowing me to read my written objection into the record, "Judge" Tunis has gone wildly outside the power she claims, incorrectly, to have.

Thanks to the actions taken today by all parties present, the Florida Bar's days are numbered. Through my efforts, the Florida Bar will be deconstructed and resurrected as it should be - with my leadership at the helm!

 

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Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

So the suprise is a one man walk out. Wow what an idiot. Somehow I'm not suprised

Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

I'd be willing to bet that it's not "Mr Mim" but Barnaby Min. Hahah oh poor Jack.

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Yep, that's my boy, Barnaby. Clearly, he's joined the ever-growing ranks of people who know just what to with Jack Thompson's motion-rants. Is there a waste-paper basket big enough to hold all that crap?

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WOOOOHOOOO.

 

Bye Bye Jackie Boy, has been fun while it lasted.

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@Nevexst:

You mean it's over already?  That was fast.  I guess Jack didn't get to meander off into irrelevant tangents and waste everyone's time.

Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

lright, here is my adventure in court today:

I was able to tag along with an actual attorney, so we drove to the courthouse, went up to the courtroom, waited outside until 2pm. Baliff opened the door and I held it open. Sadly, I even held it open for the beast himself.

So the judge came in. Judge Tunis seems like a real nice lady.

Thompson wanted to make known that he had a objection in writing. He was able to submit it to the record, but the judge said he couldn't read it aloud. That really pissed him off, I think. He also passed around copies of the objection to various reporters and a member of the legal community known as "Mr. Mim". He also claimed that "Mr. Mim" was not supposed to be there. So he dropped the objection into his lap and went back to his side of the court. The judge was NOT pleased.

Eventually, he made comments about the judge not being a judge(This is relating to the Loyalty Oath stuff), said the hearing was moot, and WALKED OUT.

"The court acknowledges that Mr. Thompson has voluntarily left the proceedings"

Then the Florida Bar presented it's evidence. Lalalala, bunch of legal crap.

The Bar recommends that Thompson's punishment should be: "Enhanced disbarment, with a reapplyment wait of 10 years"

After more legalese, the court was ajorned.

Mr Mim threw away his copy of the objection. A friend of mine who happened to be attending reached to get it at the same time a State Attorney was. We ended up getting a copy of it because the State Attorney was a nice guy.

And we went home.

End of story

(I copypasted this from another site that I wrote this for)

Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

What a child this man is.

And he's getting the Super Secret Probation! Hahhahhaa.

In 2018 he'll be what? In diapers?

-- http://pixelantes.blogspot.com/

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That's showing them, Jack!

LOL!

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Somehow, I knew he would do that.

So essentially the court found him Guilty In Absentia.  Woo-hoo!

Ok, I'm calling Serpico's.  I definitely ordering that spaghetti pizza this weekend!

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Nice, free souvenir!  Any chance you could put a scan up?

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Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

Kotaku has an update.

Apparently Jack walked out of the court room during the proceedings.  The court recommended for "enhanced disbarrment" in which Jack will not be allowed to re-apply for 10 years.

Thompson's sentencing hearing apparently ended in the attorney walking out of the courtroom after saying the judge did not have the authority to hear his case, a reader who sat in on the hearing told us.

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His "surprise" was a one-man walkout?  I'm a little disappointed.  But no more Thompson lawsuits until 2018 will probably be welcomed as a consolation prize in 3, 2, 1...

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Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

"Suprise!!!!!!"

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TheEdge -

He should have considered that issue before breaking the rules, don't you think?

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[i]I was in attendance at the trial today.

I am very willing to provide eyewitness testimony should GP request it.[/i]

 

Yes please

Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

<i>If Jack gets disbarred today is he still allowed to practice any kind of law in other states? You know, like when he wanted to sue N.I.U if they didn't give him all the documents surrounding the shooters play of video games. Could he still do that if he's disbarred?</i>

 

No. If Jack want to practice law in another state then he has to pass that state's bar exam (that's even if the state allow disbarred lawyers to take the exam - I'm sure some don't). Given Jack's current mental state and his demonstration of knowledge on law, I'd say he's not passing those exams.

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I was in attendance at the trial today.

I am very willing to provide eyewitness testimony should GP request it.

 

Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

Spill the beans already. No more teasing.

-- http://pixelantes.blogspot.com/

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Jack's wife is a very succesful and well-respected attourney.

Considering Jack hasn't one a case in years and his FOX payouts can't be that big, I'm guessing she's the main money earner in the household.

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If Jack gets disbarred today is he still allowed to practice any kind of law in other states? You know, like when he wanted to sue N.I.U if they didn't give him all the documents surrounding the shooters play of video games. Could he still do that if he's disbarred?

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He's not getting disbarred today. Today's hearing is a recommendation which may or may not be taken into consideration in September when the Florida Supreme Court actually decides on his guilt and/or penalties.

I don't really understand why they do it this way, but I'm sure they have their reasons for it.

-- http://pixelantes.blogspot.com/

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Most of the states bars won't even consider issuing a law license to an attorney disbarred in another state.  Those that don't have it explicitly in their rules would almost certainly not welcome the likes of Judge-Suing Jack.  Disbarment would be the complete end of his law career.

 

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As much as I want hi m to be gone,I can't help but be concerned for his family.

If he doesn't have a job to support his wife and children,what's he gonna do?

His family shouldn't have t osuffer because he is a douche.

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His wife is an attourney, and probably the main breadwinner of the house. They should be fine.

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Here's what I'm wondering.  With Jack's knowledge of the legal system and law as it is - How did he ever get a license?  I'm not trying to be insulting here.  I'm honestly curious. 

Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

If you go to the bookstore and read (I don't recommend actually purchasing) his book, the first chapter or so will describe how he failed the bar exam at least once.

Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

Apparently Vanderbilt University (where he studied law) hands out its law degrees from a Crackerjack box.

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Manta's not far from the truth. Unlike your average tax-payer funded, state university's law school, where they're quick to give you a "D" and, once you've gotten enough "D"s, bounce you to the curb, private, fancy-schmancy law schools with the $35,000+ per year tuition are much less inclined to hand-out poor grades and even less inclined to flunk there students out of school. Who wants to kill the goose that lays golden eggs?

As to the Bar admission, bar examinations tend to function as a "barrier to entry" which keeps out wanna-be attorneys from glutting the market in states with high numbers of attorneys practicing there already and, thereby, ensures that attorneys in those states can continue to charge high fees for their services. So, states like New York and California, where there are already a large number of attorneys particing have notoriously hard-to-pass bar exams (California's bar failure rate in some years is as high as 68% failing). Conversely, states like Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida where there are relatively fewer attorneys and much less attractive states in which to practice have much-easier-to-pass bar exams (80-90% passing). Jack took the Florida Bar. He should have passed it the first time, if he had half a brain. He couldn't. He got lucky the second time. And the rest is history.

 

 

Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

The hearing is going on right now......

I wish I could be a fly on the wall in the courtroom.....

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Dang, it's times like this I wish I was a better artist. I'd love to do one of thos pastel court sketches that they always show on TV. The first one showing Jack standing in court pontificating; one showing the honorable judge face palming from having to listen to Jack; and a final one showing the benches for the audience, and then behind the audience, a concesion stand with hotdogs, a clown selling balloons, and a popcorn machine.

At this point, I'm still just hoping this ends witout Jack snapping and doing something violent. Lately he hasn't seemed as in control as he should be, a lot of the things he has been grasping for are rediculous, Loyalty Oath, 33 subpeonas, possibly fake subpeona on GP (either a joke, an improperly served subpeona in the case mentioned in my next example, or a pitiful attemp at intimidation), and finally the case where GP got publically available public records from the court and Jack is sueing about it. What's funny is that except to Jack, Dennis hasn't ever hidden where he got his information, he usually included in his articles. If Jack had simply READ the articles that he responded to, then he would know what an idiot he is being accusing the court of leaking documents.

He has shown time and again that he doesn't understand how the legal system works, what the proper procedures are, or what he was supposed to be doing. All in all I wouldn't mind arguing about video game legislation with him, but he continually lies and misrepresents data to the point where a statement is suspect mearly because he says it. He should have learned a long time ago that if you have to resort to lying and deceit, you aren't likely fighting for god.

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So JT is going to the trial now? I thought he said he was sitting this one out.  Regardless of what he tries, he will be punished and its about time.

Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

If you've ever played poker with Jack, you'd know that his favorite trick is to bluff when he ain't got nothing better than a 9 high. And he does it so often that you'd know to call him on his silly bluff. And then rake all his chips away.

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Yeah I should have known better by now. I figured he would sit at home during the hearing today then cry that he wasn't properly represented or some silly stunt.

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Na-na-na-naaaah....na-na-na-naaaah....hey-heeeeeeeeeyyyy.....GOODBYE!!!

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Let's imagine that -- God forbid -- Jack prevails in his attempts to get a "do-over" of his entire disciplinary proceeding before a new referee. Can you imagine the response to Chief Judge Farina trying to palm Jack's matter off on another judge? They'd be like, F@ck that, I quit. Here's your black robe back, I'm outta here.

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please don't use at-signs to mask cursing, they automatically convert to email links.

岩「…Ace beats Jack」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

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Why the fuck did you make an email link?

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I can imagine in approxamately... 1 hour or so, Judge Tunis reading her suggested punishment in 3 words, "You be F***D" But, that would be the very informal way of telling the same thing to JT.

I could see JT Disbarred, unable to get a license anywhere, made into a precedent in several lawbooks and fined so much money that he ends up with my old job in Custodial at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The last part is wishful thinking that's just too silly, my apologies.

"2) A manilla envelope with a .357 Magnum in it so you can re-create R. Budd Dwyer's public suicide!" Manta, I could imagine that, but I wouldn't want to see it happen. In all likelyhood, IF he decended to that level of madness, his last words would have to be, "The Pixelantes made me do it!"

But seriously, that possibiity is close to zero. Besides it would be a terrible thing to happen and I wouldn't want to see it...I hope. Although many people on the net would get the video and review the footage back and forth frame by frame going, "Alive..." *next Frame* "Dead!" *Back a frame* "Alive..." *Next Frame* "Dead!" , *Repeat as desired*

I don't like JT, but I don't wish that upon him.

"I have a little surprise for the "judge" today." I actually could see JT go: "I've been declared legally insane. Mistrial! HAHAHAHA!!!!" just as they drag him away with nets and a straight jacket.

@John B. Thompson, Attorney: The ruder you are to us, the more we hate you. Stop digging your hole deeper. Granted, this statement applies to me too, but I am different. If we ever met in real life,  Mr. Thompson , you would be rude to me and call me stupid and disrespect me. I on the other hand would call you "Mr. Thompson" and "sir". I respect your rights and opinions as a human being and acknowledge that you have rights to said opinions.

I may joke about enjoying what happens to you, but that is because my opinion of you is thus: I think you should not be able to practice law. I think you are a hypocrite and a terrible human being who sets a bad example for future generations. I think your anger gets the better of you and that if you just learned to calm down, maybe I'd agree with you. But I don't, because you insult me, Dennis and everyone else here with your blanket statments and screaming and lies.

Take my advice Mr. Thompson: Go bury your head in the Miami Beach sands and think about your future.

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"I have a little surprise for the "judge" today." I actually could see JT go: "I've been declared legally insane. Mistrial! HAHAHAHA!!!!" just as they drag him away with nets and a straight jacket.

I'd go with that, especially if he goes berzerk, starts foaming at the mouth and they have to drag him out of the courtroom kicking and screaming.

It would be like the end of the Droopy cartoon, "Wags to Riches":

Droopy:  "You know what?  They think he's a mad dog..."

*cut to Spike screaming and jibbering as the dog pound truck drives him away*

Droopy: "And he is, too!"

Failing that, I'd love to hear Jack quote from an old PC game:

"This court cannot condemn me!  History will judge my actions!  And our history will be written by the Kilrathi!"

A gold star to anyone who remembers the came that came from!

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I saw the Wing Commander movie with my physics-minded uncle and drama-teaching father.  At assorted moments they would alternate yelling, "bad science!" and "bad acting!"  Maybe Jack's surprise is a copy of the DVD; maybe his punishment should be relocation to the Niven sector. :D

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Re: Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami

Good guess, but it's actually from one of the Wing Commander games themselves.  Specifically the second expansion for Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi, "Special Operations 2."  Zach "Jazz" Colson says it to the tirbunal in the opening cutscene after he's found guilty for his traitorous actions in Wing Commander II.

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Persons suffering, as Jack does, from Narcissitic Personality Disorder are rarely ever suicide risks. They think way too highly of themselves to ever be capable of pulling the trigger. He is, in his own mind, God's Gift to the World.

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I wonder if his "surprise" will be him showing up.  

All talk and no show.  On the upside you seem to have evolved up to the point of being Boring, stale and distasteful.  Less than hour now jackie, getting worried yet?  You should be.

 
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