In March of this year GamePolitics serialized the courtroom transcripts of Jack Thompson's Florida Bar trial. The response was overwhelming.
Based on that, we knew GP readers would be interested in reading the transcript of last Wednesday's sanctions hearing before Judge Dava Tunis - the one that Thompson stormed out of and in which the Bar recommended that the 56-year-old Thompson be disbarred for a minimum of ten years.
So we broke open the GP piggy bank and purchased a copy from the court reporter.
To set the scene (in case you haven't been following the Florida Bar vs. John B. Thompson saga): Judge Tunis, who was selected by the Florida Supreme Court to preside over the Bar trial and who recently recommended to the Court that Thompson be found guilty of 27 violations of professional misconduct, scheduled last week's hearing to hear arguments from both Thompson and the Florida Bar concerning possible sanctions. Judge Tunis has until September 3rd to provide her final report to the Florida Supreme Court, which will make the final determination of Thompson's fate.
(GP: The transcript that follows is abridged where noted)
JUDGE = Judge Dava Tunis
JT = Jack Thompson
TUMA = Florida Bar prosecutor Sheila Tuma
JUDGE: Good afternoon, everybody... I trust everyone has some water at their table?... so, for the record, we are here on the matter of the Florida Bar versus John Bruce Thompson... If all the lawyers would like to announce their presence for the record.
TUMA: Sheila Tuma, counsel for the Florida Bar
JT: Jack Thompson, presently a lawyer.
JUDGE: ...Miss Tuma, my understanding would be that, pursuant to the rules, you would be going first?
JT: Your Honor, may I please--
JT: -- so that I can state at the appropriate time, which would be now, my objections to this proceeding on the record?
JUDGE: And you have done so through writing --
JT: No. I have to do it here, Judge.
JUDGE: Go right ahead.
JT: May I move the podium?
JUDGE: No. Just everybody leave it in one spot. That's the way we usually do it in the courtroom.
JT: Can we change that one spot? No?
JUDGE: I'd prefer that you leave it right there.
JT: Nice. Can I pivot it?
JUDGE: Is that what you'd like, sir?
JT: I'm asking you.
JUDGE: Okay. That's fine.