Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

February 23, 2009 -

As GamePolitics reported in January, disbarred Miami attorney Jack Thompson hopes to have his professional status reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

To that end, Thompson filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court late last week.

Thompson nonetheless faces an uphill struggle. According to its website, the Supreme Court receives petitions to consider about 10,000 cases per year. Only about 100 of those will be granted a hearing.

DOCUMENT DUMP: You can grab a copy of the certificate of service for Thompson's cert petition here. We do not have the actual petition at this time, although we are working to acquire it.

UPDATE: According to the SCOTUS docket, Thompson is due to receive a response to his petition on March 25th.


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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

(*sigh*) So Jack's trying to weasel his way back into his attorney job. If the people of the Supreme Court are smart enough, they won't fall for his crooked scheme.

And to Jack, if by the chance he happens to read this, To paraphrase the great Lacey Conner from the show Rock of Love Charm School: "You think you're [some kind of] A-list celebrity?!?" (*waits for Jack to show up drunk and respond with "I AM, B**CH!!"*)

Seriously though, Jack's just going to set himself up for an epic fail once again...

Tim (aka the Slipperman)

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

Well. This was inevitable.

Hypothetical: what if JT was reinstated into the bar?

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

As much as I want to see Jack Boy crash and burn on his final bid to become a lawyer again, I admit him being reinstated would not be so bad.

First, as a lawyer, Jack Boy has shown himself to be a highly ineffective attorney thanks to his disrespect for the courts, fellow lawyers, opponents, etc., not to mention his bizarre tactics and refusal to participate in trials and hearings where his tantrums and arrogance are not tolerated.  A lawyer who walks out on the case simply because he's getting dressed down for inappropriate behavior is a lawyer who's already losing.  Remember when he tried to quit a case in Alabama that wasn't going his way but the judge wouldn't let him so that judge himself would be the one to toss him off?

Second, he's also all bark and no bite as a lawyer.  Look at the number of people he threatened to sue, people who post here who challenged him and even obliged him by giving their real names and addresses.  Did Jack Boy sue them?  We're still waiting...  For that matter, look what happened when the Penny Arcade guys messed with him.  He reported them to the police and the police ultimately treated him as a crank.  And don't forget how he's also being watched by the authorities for being disruptive and threatening (and yet he doesn't get it that it's his fault, and not because of some conspiracy against him).

Third, as an anti-videogame crusader, he has managed to alienate himself from the more respectable and credible people in the crusade, like the National Institute on Media and the Family or the courts he has tangled with.  The only people willing to listen to him now are extreme right wing conservatives who operate on the fringe, not in the mainstream.

Fourth, most anti-videogame legislation is being challenged and shot down.  And where he did "win", note that he wasn't acknowledged by the lawmaker or that the bill is actually redundant as far as policing the selling of M games to the underaged.

Fifth and most imporant: given all the previous, the only thing reinstating Jack Boy as a lawyer would do is give him the chance to crash and burn all over again.

If he gets his license back, we're all going to be going "WTF?!" and bemoaning a broken world going even crazier.  He'll be emailing GP constantly, gloating over his victory.  He'll once again threaten to sue us all.

But nothing much will change and get worse thanks to Jack Boy.  We gamers will still be fighting the good fight, Jack Boy will still be crazy, and I'm pretty sure we're not going to come off worse than he is from it.  He's already shown himself capable of digging a pit and falling into it himself- we'll just watch him do it all over again.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

The ego boost would be astronomical. Felt across the entire cosmos. Followed by a sudden decrease in average IQ to below 40 world-wide, as the brains of the intelligent would explode within our skulls by the sheer egoist pressure buildup that eventually creates a hurricane of smug, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

As if a billion voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced?

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

Kinda, though it'll be more out of rage than terror.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

So basically if the supreme court does lower themselves to take the case and then slaps him silly over all the stupid crap he's repeatedly done wrong, does that mean he's finally officially over and disbarred forever with no chance of reversal?

The international court of justice at the hague academy wouldn't be able to take the case would they? They mostly deal with international disputes but then the conspiracy is almost certainly global in nature so it might fall under their jurisdiction.

Failing them, the only other option I see for jack is to contact the Justice League Of America...

Perhaps if he fails completely, he'll snap, become a supervillain and periodically emerge from his sewer lair, clad in a disturbingly tight spandex bodysuit to ineffectually menace entertainment producers

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

This has the potential to become the most porn and videogame filled supreme court hearing ever. Awesome.

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This is not going to end well for Thompson(grab popcorn)

let's grab a bunch of popcorn and watch the fireworks This is not going to end well for Thompson

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: This is not going to end well for Thompson(grab popcorn)

I'll get Mountain Dew and pizza rolls.

Re: This is not going to end well for Thompson(grab popcorn)

Yay, Mountain Dew! 

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Re: This is not going to end well for Thompson(grab popcorn)

DO DA DEW!!!

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

I could see the Court actually taking the case, but on very limited grounds.  

Under Hunter v. Martin's Lessee and its progeny, the Supreme Court has jurisdiction to hear appeals from state decisions, but only to the extent that the state court decided an issue of federal law.  The disbarment itself is a pure state issue, so the Court doesn't have jurisdiction to hear it.  And while the Court can listen to JT whine that it was obtained in violation of federal due process (or another constitutional right), there's no way in hell it'll actually grant cert for this.

To the extent that the Florida decision prohibits him from filing further suits by himself, however, there's a decent argument that it runs afoul of the First Amendment's Petition Clause.  Since this seems to be a fairly novel form of punishment which, no matter how much he deserves it, severely limits JT's right to petition the government for the redress of grievances, I could easily see the Court taking the issue. 

(Of course, this also depends on whether JT had the brains to raise the issue in his petition for cert.)

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

Wierdly, I wish him luck, I really do. Jack's human freakshows bring me comfort. That said, he's really got no business bothering the supreme court with his nuttyness, he really doesn't.  Then again, isn't this the same guy that tried to subpeona the president?

Besides, I mean come on, the potential for comedy is nearly limitless.

Imagine if the Supremes actually did agree to hear his case, and he submitted gay porn to them?

Imagine if the federal reaction if he tried that nonsense he pulled on ScoFLA with "figurative" pictures of bombed out buildings? Why do I have the sneaking suspicion he'd have another visit with the US Marshall's office and they wouldn't be nearly so cordial.

Imagine him getting to present his case to the supremes, and sulking because they wouldn't let him move the podium?

Usually, I oppose Jack's little sideshows, but I'm up for this one.  Hell, somebody grab some popcorn.

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

<You got: POPCORN>

Hey, you willing to share? I want a ringside seat!

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

Jack's best chance is to get the case heard fast. If it drags, and they lose Scalia to health issues, he'll lose to a liberal court.

Its possible that Obama will have to appoint 3 new justices during his term. Stevens is 88 years old. Ginsberg (75) and Scalia (70) both have health issues.

 

 

 

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

Looks like the videogame war is turning torwards our favor (Concerning JT) 

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

if the Court agree to hear the case, wouldn't JT have to pay a fairly large amount of money for it? Sounds good to me I think and then the Court could nicely uphold the disbarment :)

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

I wonder would it be a good thing or a bad thing if the Supreme Court had so little to do that they would take up disbarrment complaints?

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

I really hope that this actually comes before the Supreme Court. Mostly because there is no way in hell they're gonna reinstate his BAR status and it will be funny to watch him flounder around again. Even if, on the incredibely slight chance, he does get reinstated, would it really matter? I mean, he's no more dangerous with the title "Jack Thompson, Attorney" as he is "Jack Thompson, Disbarred Attorney."

His ability to get a small percentage of people with actual power on his side seems completely disjointed from his profession at the time. And, to be frank, it has yet to amount to anything at all.

So, on the whole, I couldn't care less if he gets his license back, unless through some unforeseeable future events, his reinstation actually leads to anything keeping me or anyone else from gaming. Barring that, go for it Thompson; your life's achievements are still inconsiquential to me, I only follow your shenanigans for my own enjoyment.

 

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

Please God let the Supreme Court take this case so they can rip Jack Thompson apart for being a fucking idiot.

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

Am I missing something? This petition is written to the Florida Supreme Court, not the US Supreme Court.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

I just wiki'ed what a writ of certiorari is, and how it relates to the Florida SC. Never mind!

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

Yeah, But i Think i want him to have his job back for some reason.

Magic Taco

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

There goes $300 in wasted filing fees.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

I actually hope they'll hear him. Not to give him a chance, he has none, but knowing fully well he has little chance. Let them not just deny to hear him, let them look at his case and then chew him out. If the SCotUS crushes him, that will be the ultimate humiliation and evidence that it's not some corrupt or influenced guys against him but the entire system striking him down.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

I understand your sentiment, but I'd rather the SCOTUS not waste its time and resources on this frivolous suit.  There are far too many deserving cases in the queue to let Jack "Dirtbag" Thompson have his day being denied a fair trial by a prejudiced judicial panel who will deny him his constitutional rights simply because of his religious beliefs and the fact that Take-Two and Strauss Zelnick own the American judicial system.

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

But...think of how much money JT would have to spend hiring a SCOTUS approved attorney to represent his case and all the other legal fees.  Hit JT's pocket book and maybe he will retire from his crusade?

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court deals with a constant stream of baseless claims routinely.  They'll just brush this aside with the Obama citizenship lawsuits and move along.

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

While Thompson is certainly entitled to appeal his case to the SCOTUS, I don't see the Court granting him a hearing.  And even if he is granted a hearing, given the extraordinary amount of evidence against him (as pertains to his disbarment proceedings) I sincerely doubt that they would rule in his favor.

When he does lose (or is denied a hearing) you can look for the following:

1. Calls for removal of all the Justices.

2. Rantings about how the denial is because of his religious beliefs.

3. Semi-coherent ramblings about Strauss Zelnick and conspiracies and possibly a few mentions of GP (which is funded by Satan Himself, as we are all aware) as well.

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4. Ramblings about how the SCotUSoA has been compromised by the video game industry, in the form of someone from the industry contacting the Court bribing them with an astronomical amount of money (a small amount of the funds from Satan mentioned in #3) to deny him his rights.

Possible, if not probable.

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

#5 A plug about his book (which i was curious and I checked my book store's inventory and it doesnt even come up as something that can be ordered)

#6 A plug about being on some TV interview.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

If the Supreme Court reinstates Jack, can we declare a gamer revolution, march on Washington, take over the mechanisms of government, begin summary executions for all anti-gamer activists and create a game-ist state in which no asshole can tell me what games my children should or should not be playing?

Please?

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

No no no...You're fine right up until executions. Here's what we should do:

We strap them to chairs, and force them to watch us play anything and everything that's "ultraviolent." Eventually, they will become addicted just by watching us play, and the benefits are two-fold.

1. They will want to play it to. So we slowly get them into it. Then, when they're as addicted as we are, we can use it as a means of control over them; if they don't do what we want, we take it away from them.

And 2. This will desensatize them from the violence, making them violent as well. Through that means, we can start a war campaign through which we take Canada and Mexico, expanding our territory, and move south into South America. And from there, the world!

Once we have control of the world, Duke Nukem Forever, for everyone!...If it's out, though I doubt it.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

Problem is, if we did something like that, we'd be no better than the people we are standing against.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

As tempting as it would be to start summary executions of stupid people, that's a road with no end.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

Heh, the arrogance and sheer delusion of this man never ceases to simultaneously amuse me, amaze me, and boggle my mind.

So let me get this straight, he voluntarily dismisses his his SCoFLA cases because he thinks he'll have a better chance of winning by appealing to SCOTUS?  I don't even gamble at all, and I can tell you right now that Jack would be a shitty gambler.  If he were in Vegas, he'd have lost his life savings in less than 5 minutes.

And I also find it amazing that even if SCOTUS deigned to hear his case, he fails to realize that if he's caught perjuring himself (which would be very likely) he would be in way worse trouble than he could ever imagine with SCoFLA.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

 " I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct"

 

this might be the end of Thompson, other courts may have laughed or brushed off his shenanigans, but i'm doubt the supreme court will...

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

He's in deep trouble if He is found lying

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

His fate is sealed, then. He's almost always lying.

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

"almost" always? XD

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

On the certificate he put down that he is stating it is true and if not he will be accountable for prejury?. ....Ohhhhhhhh boy....considering Jack depends on fraud and lies to put his case forward, he is now hit shit creek without a paddle. Florida may have let him slide with that...lying to the Supreme Court of the US is NOT something that he can get away with. IF and IF they decided to hear him that is...

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

He's been in shit creek since this started.

He tossed his own paddle away and started calling shit creek crystal river.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

He will have to use his hands as paddles in Shits Creek

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

Who wants to bet he'll put THEM in the conspiracy too? More than that, who bets the first thing he cries is 'loyalty oaths!!!'

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

If he had his confrontation with everyone in the world, JT would say the whole world is conspiring against him, thus making it the largest conspiracy in recorded history as we know it!

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

I highly doubt this ranks anywhere near the importance of the 100 cases the supreme court will hear.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

Tell that to the self important moron of Miami.

 

He'll likely pull out that lives and hinging on him being able to fight the game industry.

Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

SCOTUS won't hear it, and that's the bottom line.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.

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Re: Jack Thompson Appeals Disbarment to U.S. Supreme Court

I think they might.

Not because it's important, simply for comic relief from the serious cases.

 

 
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