BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee Says

July 9, 2008 -

This story is evolving. Here's what we know so far...

Jack Thompson began circulating e-mails a short while ago claiming that Judge Dava Tunis (left), the referee in his November, 2007 trial on ethics charges brought by the Florida Bar, has recommended that he be disbarred for life.

As in forever...

In May, GamePolitics broke the news that Judge Tunis had recommended to the Florida Supreme Court that Thompson be found guilty on 27 of 31 counts of professional misconduct.

In June, Florida Bar prosecutors requested a 10-year "enhanced" disbarment for the controversial attorney, who stormed out of the hearing. 

Tunis had until September 5th to provide her final report to the Florida Supreme Court, which will make the ultimate determination of Thompson's professional fate. Apparently the judge has finished her task ahead of schedule.

We are presently working on confirming Thompson's claim as well as obtaining a copy of Judge Tunis's report. In the meantime, we note that Thompson wrote in an e-mail circulated at 1:12 PM today:

I got the always helpful Dava Tunis’ final Referee’s Report today, recommending a life-time disbarment (my life, not hers).  The Bar only asked for ten years. 

A second e-mail from Thompson to the Florida Supreme Court begins with:

Your Referee down here, Dava Tunis, the one who does not have a federally-mandated loyalty oath even to be on the bench, just today issued her final Referee’s Report in the above matter, and she rejected The Bar’s recommendation of a ten-year disbarment for me and instead is asking you to disbar me permanently with no opportunity ever to apply for reinstatement.

GP: It's important to point out that Judge Tunis is only making a recommendation. Thompson has not been disbarred. Only the Florida Supreme Court can make that determination.

 (more to follow)

While you're waiting, check out all of GP's coverage of the Thompson Bar Trial...


Comments

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

I thought that I too, might leave a burn for good ol' Jack.

At this point in the man's life, it's kinda like using brass knuckles on a three year old.

 

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

"I now have this mental image of Jack frantically pressing B so it doesn't."
 

LOL. That made my day XD.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

>This story is evolving

I now have this mental image of Jack frantically pressing B so it doesn't.

/b

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Lmao! XD

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Na na na na

Na na na na

Hey hey hey

Goodbye

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Again with the loyalty oath bullshit

Jack your carear is over,  you lost and you brought it upon yourself. If you knew how to conduct yourself profesionally you wouldn't be in this position.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Oh, he knows how when it suits his purposes, however, he wasn't given exactly what he wanted, so evidently he felt no obligation to treat her with respect.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

So Jacky Boy gets to make death threats?

 

I am sure hypotheticly speaking if a man and wife were divorcing and he said "My life,not hers" the man in question would get nothing but trouble.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

The judge could recommend either lifetime disbarment, or 10 years conditional. The condition......that it be spent in an insane assylum.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Funny, I made a comment yesterday in the shoutbox regarding the issue of his calling out Judge Tunis and how he should stop insulting and trying and piss off the person in control of his "career". Shame she couldn't order him to not make any public statements regarding it his hearing.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

"I got the always helpful Dava Tunis’ final Referee’s Report today, recommending a life-time disbarment (my life, not hers)."

Wow, as if the people he's writing this too would have trouble understanding that. He really DOES think he's the only one in Florida who passed grade school.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

I took it to mean that he expects to outlive her.

Is it a threat?  Hmmm...

Kidding, of course ;-)

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

He probably broke her fax machine, too.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Can someone get me in contact with someone named either Captain Douglas Jay Falcon or Bart Lemming? I hear he has a mean punch. I want him to throw that punch at JT when he gets disbarred.

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!



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

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Captain Douglas Jay Falcon

Falcon...PUNCH!!!

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Thompson had it coming.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Huh... all I can think of right now is this song by Brave Combo.  Coincidence?

The president was passing laws, he gave a call to Santa Claus
He said, "Get that toy machine on high.
Economy is in a slump.  I know what can pick it up.
This year let's have Christmas in July"

Oh we'll have a Christmas , a summer Christmas
We'll have one fine-fun-time-unwinding-in-the-sunshine Christmas
Oh we'll spend yuletide, down by the poolside
This year let's have Christmas in July

I'm dreamin' of a hot Christmas
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, on the ice cream truck
Rudolf the sunburned reindeer!
Have yourself a very steamy Christmasssssss...yeah!

Who says Christ was a Capricorn?  Maybe He perhaps was born
On the hottest Sunday of the year.
His birthday might have been the time to be on the beach at Galilee
Watching him change water into beer.

They'd have a Christmas, a summer Christmas
You'd see the Lord could surf without a surfboard Christmas
Could it be possible? Check out the gospel.
This year let's have Christmas in July.

 

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Christmas in July was the first thought that crossed my mind

If you can't beat them....

checked out the JAABLOG and came across this little bit:

http://jaablog.jaablaw.com/2008/07/06/jack-needs-your-help.aspx

 

umm...not quite sure how to respond to that, but if you can't beat them...join them, then beat them.  Or if you are a memeber of them already, berate and try to override them, then beat them.  I get confused.

 

 

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful. Edward R. Murrow

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful. Edward R. Murrow

Re: If you can't beat them....

Of course, to be the president of the Florida Bar, you have to be a member, which Jack won't be soon.

Re: If you can't beat them....

As far as I know this story originated in the North Country Gazette. It's quite a funny read if the extreme conservative bias doesn't make you vomit.

 

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

Re: If you can't beat them....

I'm almost certain he wrote that himself....

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

"(my life, not hers)"

Wow. If that's not supposed to be a threat, I don't know what it is supposed to be.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Happy day!Oh HAPPY DAY!!!!!!

This just keeps getting better and better!!

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Noticed this in the most recent letter posted in the comments of JT's article on JAABLOG:

Fine. I’ll see you in court, and it won’t be your court. It will be one in which the judge cannot be bribed, as was Dava Tunis.

So now he's accusing Judge Tunis of having been bribed.  Oh yeah, this'll end well.

 

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

*sniff* Hm...  smells like...  libel!

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Nah, smells like Jack squeeling like a piggy.

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Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

"my life, not hers"

Another veiled threat, Jack?

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Please make it happen, please make it happen...

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

He just keeps making things worse and worse, if he'd just learn to shut his mouth maybe the Supreme Court would go easy on him. At this point he's just going to keep getting crazier and more paranoid til he self destructs and they really do disbar him for life.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Begin tuning up the band!

Nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey hey hey, gooodbye!

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

I was thinking of "Hit the Road, Jack" by Ray Charles

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Well the Judge's song is definantly "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra.

Yes, Jack, one of these days those boots are gonna walk all over you.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

After both of those songs, I want "Caramelldansen" played, so we can PARTY Jack's disbarment.

I support the lifetime disbarment.

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!



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

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

We have to play the opening theme from the original Grand Theft Auto at some point. It is a must.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

I was thinking "Tank!" by Yoko Kano and the Seat Belts (Cowboy Bebop theme) since Jack's days as a lawyer just Tanked big time.

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

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

I was thinking more along the lines of "F.O.D." by Green Day

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Jackhole's after hearing tactics worked perfectly! Who would've thought attacking the judge verbally and publicly daily every day after the hearing took place could've resulted in such a reaction from the judge.

Surely not Jackhole...

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

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Yeah, she wants him gone...forever....this must mean he is winning.

"The world if full of stupid people....watch out."

"The world if full of stupid people....watch out."

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

I don't think there has ever been a more appropriate time for the saying, "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."

For Jack's sake, I hope he realises that he's not jerking around gamers anymore, and that he's messing around with powerful people. People that have the power to end his carreer or put him behind bars (if he keeps messing around with U.S. Marshals.). He's not going to get away with flaming the US government and then just walking away.

Actually, with all the contact he's had with gamers in the past and his troll like behavior as of recent, I think a far more appropriate phrase comes to mind, "Be careful when battleing monsters, lest you become one."

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

I think Tunis is sort of overselling the point here, however.

Think about it: if it's just 10 years, Jack probably wont bother applying for readmission.  However, if he does, he's required to demonstrate his fitness of character, which will REQUIRE that he admit wrongdoing in this matter, basically.  Since he'd never do that, he'd never be readmitted.  Other jurisdictions will refuse him admission either way, so that's not an issue.  A permanent disbarrment is more symbolic than anything else.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Actually this means she is royally pissed at him. The 169 page document explains that. You do not piss off a judge. She made that document so throughly that anyone in the legal system reading it is far more inclined to agree with. It's a 50/50 chance right now for Jack to get permenant disbared.

Most court rulings aren't a 100 pages but when they get that long it means the judges don't want any chance for an appeal to come about since they got so angry at one side during the trial they want that side to never have a chance of doing anything that brought up the case.

You do not piss off a judge by doing certain things in court.  You can often tell when watching a trial when such a pissed off moment comes and that a certain side when the trial is done is going to get it's ass handed to it.

For example this article details one such moment. http://ydr.inyork.com/doverbiology/ci_3219254

http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/dover/day18pm2.html#day18pm1289 is the transcript. When a Judge asks to see a portion of the court record out of chambers and starts to question a witness directly it's a huge cloud of doom for the side of the questioned.

 

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

I think it's more of her saying "I'm recommending removing the option of you being able to reapply at any time in the future, so you don't waste our time."  My $0.02.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Does this mean the Supreme Court will be making their decision sooner now that Judge Dava Tunis has released her final report sooner than expected? Or are we going to still have to wait until September?

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

I think he really doesn't realise just how childish and unprofessional he actually is, he's now discovering exactly that.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Does anyone else find this part in particular funny?

"she rejected The Bar’s recommendation of a ten-year disbarment for me and instead is asking you to disbar me permanently"

He says that as though he considers the Bar's recommendation to be fair. Which is really funny when you consider that we know he doesn't.

-Gray17

-Gray17

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

The bar request is fair. It gives him the chance to be a lawyer again. Tunis' suggestion is he can never be a lawyer again.

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Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

Except that as far as Jack was concerned, the ten year disbarment was unjust punishment. Persecution of him for his beliefs, when he himself had done nothing wrong.

Then the moment it's declined in favor of something worse, suddenly Jack thinks that the 10 year disbarrment was a fair and equitable thing. Instead of punative lashing out by a Bar desperate to silence him.

It's Jack's 180 on the Bar recommended punishment I find amusing.

Afterall, either one would be fair punishment for Jack's actions.

-Gray17

-Gray17

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

SWEET!!!!!!!!! WE MAY BE RID OF THAT BASTARD EVEN SOONER THAN WE THINK. THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR GAMERS AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM.

Re: BREAKING: Disbar Jack Thompson Forever, Bar Trial Referee

if this works out it'll be like...a second Christmas!

 
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