Game-bashing attorney Jack Thompson claims to throwing his hat into the political ring.
In a lengthy press release issued on Thursday, the controversial attorney says that he plans to run for a judgeship on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami. If that court sounds familiar to GamePolitics readers, it’s because the Bully court case has been playing out there in recent weeks before Judge Ronald Friedman.
In fact, it’s Friedman’s seat which Thompson hopes to claim in the 2008 election. Thompson has been harshly critical of Judge Friedman in the wake of the jurist’s decision not to block the release of Bully. Thompson had sought to have the game declared a “public nuisance.”
Circuit court judges in Florida are elected for six-year terms. The outspoken attorney says he is announcing his candidacy early in order to raise sufficient campaign money.
However, a source familiar with the Miami judiciary speculated that Thompson’s announced candidacy could also be a tactic designed to force Judge Friedman to recuse himself from the Bully case, for which additional motions are pending – including, apparently, one filed by opposing counsel which seeks to hold Thompson in contempt.
Will we be calling Jack Thompson “Your Honor?”
Only time will tell.