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...


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

I.... I think I must be dreaming... this is way too amazing. It's not official, and it's not really more of a punishment than the 10 year, since he'd never be accepted again anyways.

What it is however, is Tunis slapping JT in the face for his horrible, and unjustified behavior that lead to personal attacks on her character and mental stability.

 

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

I think Jack Thompson's erratic behavior should merit a harsh sentence. His harrassment campaigns alone should disqualify him from ever practicing law again. He makes a mockery of court hearings and files countless frivolous suits and motions.

It's time for all that to end.

WOOT!!!

Oh, I love the way this is going!!! The only thing that could make this better is if he got caught with a truckload of crystal meth.

 

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Re: WOOT!!!

That would explain a whole lot, actually.

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Re: WOOT!!!

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Re: WOOT!!!

my reaction to this post?

"aw damn! *headdesk* LOL"

Cause I was about to say the same thing. :P

I know some people that'll be very happy at this news, though. :D

 

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

I love how he's the one sending press releases about it like that'S a good thing (well, it is for us, of course)

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

I believe the phrase is "Oh Snap!"

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

Considering he followed up the recommendations by outright calling her a lunatic, yeah, I can see her recommending a longer suspension... Because it's clear he has no intent of even admitting fault, let alone repenting.

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

Hey jackie I suggest you try to bulldoze you way around and only accept the 10 year disbarment.   Call it a personal favor to gamers everywhere. 

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

i've said this before, but honestly, a 10 year disbarment, basically would be lifetime disbarment for jack, think about it, he is already near 60 years old, does anyone honestly think that at the age of 70 he's going to reaply for his liscense?

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.

does anyone else notice that he's got this really bad habit of making off the wall comments that can be construed as threats, i mean, why mention that it's his lifetime and not hers, unless he is forseeing her life coming to an untimely end

as for why she likely went above and beyond the bars request, it's probobly due to his constantly trying to do the same things that have gotten him in trouble, even after the bar recomended a 10 year disbarment, it shows that he can't conduct himself accordingly and more then likely never will

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

In fairness to the psycho, I think the implication is that this is about his life, not hers, i.e. that we're talking about the disbarment of a man from his only profession.

Of course, I couldn't support his disbarrment more, myself.  The man is delusional, and has been for decades now.

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

I have to agree, that part in brackets could very easily be seen as a veiled threat. Considering it's a rather unstable lawyer we're dealing with, i'd certainly consider it as such. Lets hope the proper authorities do so aswell.

As for the life-time disbarment, that would indeed a similar effect to the 10-year one, although I do not know if there's an age limit on applications for bar-licensing. Although i must admit, if the Supreme Court sentences him to a 10-year disbarment, I can see him in line for a new license the millisecond that period is over. He really loves throwing that "I'm a lawyer" bit around.

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

I wouldn't be surprised, given Jack's hatred of rules and laws, if he just kept right on calling himself an attorney, in violation of the law.

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

"I can see him in line for a new license"

Even a one year makes it next to impossible to practice law again in any state and most countries. You cannot just reapply you have to do pretty much everything that you did to get to be a lawyer in the first place and most people fail their first second even third attempts.

Ten year even South American countries where bribery of the legal system is how to get the verdict a certain way wouldn't take on such a lawyer.

Permenant pretty much no country is going to take him on as a lawyer.

 

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

No one deserves it more........

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

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

The case is in Florida, as is Jack Thompson.  GP is run out of Pennsylvania.  Both are US Eastern Timezone.  (Cue: "The more you know" jingle)

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

I'll break out the champagne and funny hats when its a done deal, never count JT out...

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

It was decided a long time ago that the celebratory drink and snack for the "Hit The Road, Jack" party is to be Guinness and s'mores cooked over the smoldering remains of Jack's career.

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

Fair enough, I will however not relent on the top hat

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

The top hat is fine - attire was not decided, merely consumables.

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

Ok, so we need 5 truckloads of Guiness, and about the same for all forms of hard and soft drinks(Not all of us drink alcohol), and about 200 tons of chocolate and I'm not even sure HOW many tones of marshmallows and Graham crackers.

any other recomendations?

 

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

A lot of hot dogs.  Preferably, kosher beef dogs.  Perfect compliment to booze and s'mores.  :D

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

I will definitely break out drinks with little umbrellas and have a drunken Mario Kart tourney.

Sure, it's not mature.  ...but it would be worth it.

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

Hmm, maybe we should do something more mature, then.  I vote Doom 3, that's a good mature game.  ;)

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

Good choice.  Maybe get a little bit of Gears of War going?

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

It may be just a recommendation, but YES YES YES THAT IS FANTASTIC.

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

What are the odds after this Jack Thompson is going to start going around wearing a Guy Fawkes mask?

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

Significantly less than the odds that people will start sending JT some Guy Fawkes masks....

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

Lol, everyone should send him Guy Fawkes masks for the hell of it. It'd be funny :)

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

You know, V for Vendetta. I was thinking of that.

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

Or a Batman mask...

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

So then would we have to ask Jack.... "Why so serious?"

 

Wait, Jack + Batman + Joker = Jackerman!

 

Heh, that doesn't sound right, but oh well!

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

I posted it before....and shall again

http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/3613/jackjokermu6.jpg

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

To be fair here...

If JT hadn't acted the way he did at the June hearing (i.e., petulant), then Judge Tunis may very well have gone with the bar's recommendation.

 

However, pissing off a judge at such a hearing and then storming out, doesn't win you any points with any side.

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

That and being a douche during the trial didn't help either.

 

 

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

I would also guess sending a bunch of letters out and calling the judge insane didn't help his case too much, either.

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

Threatening to kill 3000 people, including possibly the judge, in writing probably wasn't a good tactical move either.

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

LOL, I love how he keeps pushing that loyalty oath bs.

 

 

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

Apparently she's signed a new loyalty oath, according to an article found on Law.com...

- June 5, 2008:

Thompson has tried unsuccessfully to get Tunis removed from his case. He has challenged her authority to oversee his case based on differences in the signatures on her 2000 loyalty oath. An investigation by the state attorney's office found that her signature was forged, but the judge has since signed a new loyalty oath.

Thompson contends the forgery invalidates all her rulings, but the court contends that Tunis' authority flowed from her oath of office not her loyalty oath. The state attorney's office did not address the issue.

http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202421944039

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

If the facts are against you, hammer on the law.

If the law is against you, hammer on the facts.

 

 

If the law and the facts are against you, hammer on the desk.

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

Or in Jack's case, a fax machine.

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

LOL Office Space

 
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