Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by Federal Judge

June 5, 2008 -

The Florida Bar's motion to disbar Jack Thompson for a decade wasn't the only bad news the 56-year-old anti-game activist received this week.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lenard dismissed - with prejudice - a federal lawsuit filed by Thompson in March, alleging that the Florida Supreme Court had unconstitutionally barred him from representing himself before that body.

Readers may recall that Florida's high court sanctioned Thompson for, among other things, including pornographic pictures in a court filing and styling another motion as a children's picture book for adults.

The dismissal with prejudice means that Thompson can bring no further federal action on the claim.

Although the suit against the Florida Supreme Court is now a dead issue, Thompson has two additional federal suits pending in South Florida. One, against the Florida Bar, was placed on hold by Thompson recently, pending the state-level resolution of his Bar issues. Another, filed late last month against the State of Florida, deals with Thompson's contention that the legal status of Bar trial referee Judge Dava Tunis is invalid due to a clerk's apparent forging of her signature on a loyalty oath.

Read U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lenard's decision here.


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Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

I could be wrong, but I don't think it is a 10 year suspension. I think he is being completely disbarred, and can't even reapply to get his status back until ten years later. He may even have to take the bar exam again (I don't know). I really don't see how he passed the first time.

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

My mistake.  I guess I was posting this comment in a rush and was thinking of the wrong word.  (had to get ready for work soon)

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Generally, a disbarred attorney does not need to sit for the Bar again to be readmitted.  The attorney does, however, have to show that the behavior resulting in disbarment won't happen again, and also must be current on CLE (continuing legal education) credits for the disbarment period.

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Face it Jack, you lost badly. Just pack up and head out to Topeka. I'm sure the Westboro Baptist Church has no qualms with you shacking up with them for the rest of forever. You and Fred are soon to share some common ground (disbarrment) among other things. I think Fred's also a bit over the hill so to speak. His preachings have begun to...er...well...it's just easier to say he's getting crazier. Moreso than usual. I'm sure you'd fill in just fine.

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Is JT being allowed to comment on these articles? or is he for once acepting fact and shutting up?

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

(I really have to retrieve my password from my home e-mail, so I can go back to posting as Mogbert).

So far he has been failing as bad as a DVD Rewinder (bonus points if someone can link to that motivational poster).

He reminds me of an Evil Don Quixote, going around the countryside wronging rights, depressing the oppresed, and generally making a donkey of himself.

Why won't he just OPEN HIS EYES?!? There isn't a conspiracy. Occam's Razor: which takes fewer assumptions? That all of these judges are in the employ of a shadowy Video Game Industry, which is made up of a bunch of bitter rival companies, which have banded together in order to persecute one lawyer in Florida who hasn't really made any changes, but the industry is frightened of him...

Or that people keep saying he's wrong because he IS wrong? That people don't like him because he keeps insulting and lying about them? That people have a problem with other people who compare themselves to Jesus while saying things that aren't true and thereby insulting Jesus. That he isn't being persecuted for his religion which is similar to 85% of the rest of America.

How can something so obvious to every other person be so opaque to this one person? Last time I felt this was when I tried to tutor someone in math. They couldn't get why you couldn't do whatever you wanted on one side of the equation without doing the same on the other. No matter how I explained it, phrased it, even physically demonstrating it with a set of scales, he just couldn't get though his head how to do algebra. He knew about mixing paint (I don't know why). I asked how you got orange, and he said you use red and yellow. I said if you wanted to make 2 ounces of orange, what do you use, "one once of red and one once of yellow." What if you used it up, and needed to mix more, but used two ounces of red instead, "then you would have to use two ounces of yellow." Why? "To get the same color." That is the same with these numbers. Apparently, almost a week later he woke up in the middle of the night yelling "Everything is a ratio!" and scared his wife half to death. From there he went on to ace algebra.

How can we get JT to reach such an epiphany?

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Should we expect JT to wake up one morning screaming "I'M AN ASSHOLE!" then?

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

justice, sweet juicy justice...

If anyone's familiar with Bill Hicks' work, I'm imagining his hysterical "Bush lost the election" laughter from Arizona Bay

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Dennis, you idiot, how dare you post this! This is slander of the highest calibur and will not stand. Expect to hear from my attorney, Jack Thompson, Attorney, soon! I will not allow such blatant use of the First Amendment or truth in news go unpunished.

Don't you fools understand, this plays directly into my hand - I WANTED this to happen. This is perfect for setting up my next suit: Jack Thompson, Attorney vs United States of America.

In short, so you pathetic "gamers" can understand... all your courthouse belong to us!

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Gosh darn it... Channelling JT dropped my gamer IQ about 50 points. Could some kindly mod edit my post so the pseudo-quote at the end is right - "all your courthouse are belong to us"

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

This is fun to watch. Can someone get a picture of him crying?

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Jack is reaping what he has sown, and boy, does he have a bumper crop of manure coming down around him.

So, yeah, what was that Jack, about you know, having some super hard hitting evidence that would prove you were right and everyone else was wrong? Because you might wanna pull out that McGuffin soon. And if that doesn't work out for you, I have a Deus Ex Machina that I could sell you that was only used once by a little old Greek named So Crates.

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

I'm losing track of the score.  Does this still mean Jack is winning?  Is the SCOFLA now a figurative bombed out building?

/that's some mighty fine lawyerin' there, Jack

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Hahah oh i forgot to add, that reading the dismissal, it seems JTs case failed because...

he didnt realise the supreme court....wasnt.....a.....person....

wo.. maybe in the 10 year vacation he has now he can go back to early learning school.

 

 

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

It's not quite that Jack didn't know the supreme court is not a person, but that "The Eleventh Circuit has held that “[a] state, a state agency, and a state official sued in his official capacity are not ‘persons’ within the meaning of § 1983.” meaning that the court isn't not subject to the specific law under which Jack claimed they were taking away his rights.

 

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

That was surprisingly brief and mild-mannered. I was expecting a point-by-point dismantiling or at least a little invective, not a few pages of legalese!

In all seriousness, though, I'm glad this is coming to a close. Unfortunately I don't know if being disbarred will have any effect on Thompson's alleged status as an "expert," so we might not have seen the last of this screwball.

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

We may still see Jack on Fox News acting as a "Massacre Chaser", I'm sorry, slip of the keyboard, "School Shooting Expert" or whatever they want to call him.  He may e-mail or write angry letters to governors, transportation boards, and judges.  He may troll the GamePolitics comments.  That's right, Jack will probably act like the grumpy old man sitting on his porch yelling at the kids (in the street) to get off his lawn. 

But he can't file suit against the game industry without hiring a lawyer.  He can't represent the families of the victims (see the guy with the gun that shot people) in court.  He can't claim to be an attorney on television or anywhere else for that matter.    In short, he can no longer wield the law or the threat of law suit like a blunt instrument.

He may not be gone, but he has been defanged.  That's a step in the right direction.

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Dan,

"Dismissed with prejudice" is pretty much legalese for "you're an idiot, get out of here."

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Hooooooaaahhh! *or whatever JT's baffling warcry against gamers is*

well JT.. not going tooo well for you now is it....

I have a feeling this may be the first time in YEARS that JT doesnt come back quickly with some strangely optimistic spin on events saying how this is exactly what he wanted blah blah blah downfall of the bar blah blah blah.

Alhough i hope he does. Come on JT .. amuse me.. i mean your good at that. You can always get a job as a clown now, i men you are totally all about the children right,.... right?

 

 

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

See, the thing that pisses me off is that Hooah is a U.S. Army thing.  It's almost our version of the word "smurf."  We say it all the fucking time.  JT using rather offends me.

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So speak I, some random guy.

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Doubly insulting since he pisses on the freedoms those soldiers fight to protect.

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Well the Florida Bar's about to.... actually nah I don't wanna go there. :P I'll just reiterate the 'Karma's a bitch, huh?" and hit 'submit.'

 

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Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

A coffin dodger like Jack should just retire.  He could always live off the money he extorted from those foolish parents.

 

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Damn, I've never seen anyone fail THIS hard.

-kurisu7885

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Man,

Jacko is going to go whacko over this

hes likely to get a gun and go on a spree!

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Oh NOooooo.  That might be his next illogical step.  He probably bought the copy of GTA4 to try and train himself for this curtain call.   He will get confused when the real cops don't ignore him after a few right turns...

Re: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by

Jack strikes again, like a wingless bat of the night he flies from case to case using his lawyer utility belt to bring about the downfall of the conspiracy......whatever that conspiracy may be.

 
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