Jack Thompson Says He is Running for "Bully" Judge's Seat

October 22, 2006 -
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.


I'm going to love reading the comments section on this artical.

But "If you can't beat em, join em"....

Though I see this as a cry baby attempt that he can't get his way so he'll try to become the person with power to try to get his way...if he became a judge we might as well turn the first admendment into toilet paper....

The question is. I'm actually worried. I'm not knowledgable as most of you on courts and stuff...but is this even possable?

Now this, this will be interesting, if anything things tend to come to light when you run for office, and if how he really is is revealed, he'll have to jump through hoops trying to get support.

I'll have plenty of T-Bone steaks for everyone when this communist named Jack Thompson gets beat

This can't be.... if he was judge, he would start allowing all sorts of pointless video game laws. However, it may not happen because he's still a braindead idiot.

But just think of how entertaining the negative campaign ads would be!

Jack Thompson as judge? Hmm, not likely. Unless it was on FOX. Oh yes, it could come right after The Peoples Court, right? Enter, Judge Thompson's courtroom! Where the cases are real, the litigants are real, and the rulings are subjective!

Ok after reading this some people did make a few good points.

Can he bring cases to court himself anymore?

I don't see this working out for him because there is ALOT more too it when being a judge.....seeing as how Take-Two and Rock start seem to be his obcession and his "life"....he won't last long or win because he'll have to worry about a crap load of other cases and issues....though he might try to bring video games into a non-video game related issue...then again Judges can't do that.....can they? They can't bring stuff to court themselfs...

Other another point was made that REALLY annoyed me...

Is he doing this to get out of the hot seat?...Being in comtempt and running for judge to get out of that?....Man that just annoys me....what an excuse....he'll have to follow up on this now...if he just happens to drop out a few months later...can he...can he even still get held for comtempt or anything?

There's no way that a welcoming recipient of the ACLU's "Censor of the Year" award would stand a chance of becoming a judge. -That- is a conflict of interest right there. Any person running against him certainly has a fine stable of publically available material to work with to prove he's not fit for an elected position of power.
I don't think we've got much to worry about.

My first thought is that this is an excellent reminder of why it's usually better to -appoint- judges.

I highly doubt he will get the position, but even if he does, I predict at least 90% of his rulings will be overturned on appeals.

Think of this as the forum equivalent of a troll asking for mod status.

I see this is being nothing but good. If Jack is stuck as a judge in Florida, he can't travel around the country dragging video games into every under-18 murder case he can find. And any stupid rulings he makes would be appealed anyway. Go for it Jack!

I swear, I was thinking the EXACT same thing a week ago: "If Jack THompson wants all of his damn buisness to go his way, then why shouldn't he be a judge?

SO he is going to become a judge to effect game laws but he will never see a game case because hes bais .......only jacko understands the logic of it....

@Brer: No, this is an outstanding reason why judges should NOT be appointed. If they're elected, then it would mean Jack, in order to become a judge, has to look like the most qualified candidate to 50% of the voters. If they were appointed, he'd have to look like the best candidate to ONE important, like-minded person in power. The entire concept of democracy is that any official is accountable to the people and is supposed to make decisions based on what THEY want, not what HE wants.
(or she wants, if that's the case, we're equal opportunity here)

Also, as of Sunday, 5:02 pm eastern, the link to the press release is not working.

If he is unable to bring cases to himself (I'm not sure on this so hopefully someone can correct me if I'm wrong) wouldn't that be a good thing for us? Then he'd pretty much be stuck with nothing but florida cases to preside over.

I say vote for Thompson to watch him fall flat on his face, it would at least get him out of our hair for sometime.

Oh yeah, I forgot about that.

You suck your honor......can I have your job?
So when can we expect a lawsuit after he's lost this battle? Can you imagine if he loses to a woman? He's going to be calling her a closet lesbian and handing her little surveys. How professional, eh?

Does JT think he's the next King Solomon, being the "christian warrior" that he is?

One question: Can we legally avoid calling Jackie "Your Honour", given that he's proven that he has no honour?

Chances that Jack could even run? zero percent.

Let me explain. In order to run, he would automaticly put himself at the mercy of the florida bar. It would be a cinch at that point for the Game industry to get him disbarred, as just the fact that he's attempting an end run around the legal system would put him in violation of no less then a dozen codes of conduct, both in florida and nation wide.

Whats more, if he ever did get elected, the industry would be able to bury him in controversy in no time. Lets face it, theres so much evidance against him, it'd be over in no time flat. He'd never get the chance to hear one case.

Lastly, if the contempt of court thing goes through, Jacks royally boned. Thats why he's pulling this stunt. he's terrified that the industry is now actually fighting back.

I told you once, I told you twice, if the industry was smart, he'd be in court till the end of his days with all the lawsuits they could slap on him.

Even if Jack did make judicial office, which I can only pray doesnt happen, there is the wonderful little thing called "conflict of interest". Even if Jack made judge, he would not be allowed to preside over any case concerning games given his past

Timbo: "Even if Jack made judge, he would not be allowed to preside over any case concerning games given his past."

Let's expand that list hmn? Videogames, Music, Politicians, school shootings, common sense, etc etc.

Remember that time when some guy couldn't get his own way, so he/she decided to change the system so they'd always get their own way?

And then discovered that they were in fact just warming the bench in the courtroom.

Jack Thompson had his time, now we have a new wave of 'angry moms' and 'concerned citizens'. It's the way this stuff has been going on for ages, some groups are succesful and eventually survive to appear on many current affairs programs...

Others... well they grow old, tired, and become like some kind of amusing side show, like watching ants chew through a discraded biscuit.

I really hope Mr. Thompson finds a new gimmick before this garbage destroys his carreer entirely.


Your mistake here is conflating -making- law with -interpreting- law. The people who -make- the law (the legislators) are supposed to serve the will of the people. The people who -interpret- the law (the judiciary and the police) serve -the law-,first instead of the people in order to maintain impartiality and objectivity. To put it another way, they serve the public only indirectly: by impartially and objectively interpreting (judges) and enforcing (police) the law . Turn judges into politicians and you've dangerously undermined their impartiality.

Is there anyone here who knows the process to become a judge in Florida? I'm interested, in particular, what kind of hurdles our favorite punching bag is going to face in his attempt to bring down the bill of rights. And how does his college tour work into his master plan?

Personally, I think he has less chance of becoming a judge than a Green Party candidate has of becoming President, but Jack either knows this, and is just going for publicity, or really is that deluded.

Omega_Bahamut: If Jack does call himself King Solomon, just keep in mind that Solomon did have over 1000 sexual partners. (I Kings 11:1-3 confirms this) Another fine example of family values from one of God's favourites.

Can someone wiht legal expertise weigh in? Can you purposely create a conflict of interest in order to make a judge recuse himself? I thought it had to be a pre-existing issue, in order to prevent venue-shopping.

I wake up, pop on the Internets, and find this.
Going back to bed. Call me when the world resets itself back to some semblance of normality.

Our favorite punching bag has more-or-less no plan. He's just lashing out with little thought to whats going to happen next.
or thats how it seems

I think he will do less damage as a judge than a lawyer. As a judge he would no longer be able to create the lawsuits that he has in the past few years. No other lawyers that I know of are willing to create the contriversial lawsuits. old jack has lost it.

There is no way in hell that Thompson would ever become a judge. If he stays in the race, I will form a Political Action Group - people against John Bruce Thompson. All I will do is gather all the hateful and downright stupid things JBT has written on the internet, and make silent commercials about them. Using his wikiquote site would help. I would accept monetary donations from EVERYFARKINGWHERE and I would run these commercials anywhere I could.

If JBT keeps this up, I solemnly swear I will bring him down in the most publicly humiliating way possible. I will destroy his career and any shred of respect he has left with the public. I will do so by presenting the facts, and nothing more, including his courtroom antics, his response to Flowers for Jack, and the idiocy he perpetrated with Janet Reno quite a while back.

Do you hear me JBT? You have no chance in hell of winning. I've alread started production of the first commercial - it's a black background, silent commercial with shreds of paper floating past, close to the camera, detailing just how immature and depraved you really are. The end, when it is finished, will say "Is this really the kind of person you want deciding law?" Every fact will be presented with proper context, every quote will have a footnote detailing where it came from. I will let the truth speak for itself, so you can't even sue me for libel. I short, your public reputation will be utterly destroyed. Continue at your own peril - you've already destroyed any chance you ever had at a political career, I'm just the tool that will use your own words like a hammer, driving the final nail in the coffin.

Brer: In a perfect world, I'd agree with you, but in a perfect world there wouldn't always be such a big deal about who's being nominated to the Supreme Court. The law's a bit fuzzy on a number of things, and people are apparently only so capable of making objective judgments without being confused by personal biases. However, I would agree that a system of complex appointments would be best - it means the decision is not entirely in the hands of the easily swayed masses but also not entirely in the hands of one person that could use judicial appointments to help push an agenda.

I have to admit that this wouldn't be such a horrible idea if not for the fact that we all already don't trust JBT's motives. I'm current working on a Master's degree and have on occasion thought of trying for a Ph.D and a professorship as a career because I've had a lot of crummy professors and figure that I can likely do a better job than some of them. And honestly, the same line of reasoning applies to a number of people running for legislative offices - "I believe my representative is doing a poor job, and if no one will offer to do a better job, then I will!" Ned Lamont's campaign against Lieberman, for one, always seemed like it followed this line of reasoning.
The catches with it, of where there are two I can think of: one, it helps if you're motivated by an actual desire to be useful and not some personal issue. If JBT thought poorly of the judge and thinks he can do better, and wants to do better to serve the community - good on him for being a good citizen. But that's a dubious claim in light of all this talk of judicial manuevering and loopholes. Second is a question of capability - would you actually be a better man for the job than the current guy? I might be giving myself too much credit thinking I'd be a good professor; JBT might likewise give himself too much credit. Hard to really say if you don't have much related experience, and JBT's previous interactions with the law are enough to raise some serious questions.

Heh. I really don't know what to say. Even my non-computer savvy grandmother agrees he is a tyrant. I guess i'll just laugh. xD


Remember that it's not -just- the Supreme Court that's appointed. So are all the Federal District Court Judges (again, with Senate approval required, continuing the checks and balances). Plus Supreme Court justices can review and (if necessary) remove judges from any lower court, meaning that the ones from previous administrations can also act as a check, although that's very rare and would require a rather egregious violation of Judicial ethics.

As for JT's chances, I think the idea that this is a legal tactic to slip out of the contempt charge is far more likely than the idea that he actually wants to be a local Judge. As a local judge JT would be under even closer scrutiny by the Florida Bar (a group we already know he has a rather mixed relationship with) and his actions would be constrained by the requirements of his office. It would effectively end his days as advisor to anti-game legislators and television talk show guest, and I find it hard to believe that he's ready to give that up yet.


This links to a cartoon myself and my friend are producing. We're currently developing an episode with the sole purpose of scouring the Earth of Jack Thompson (and Hillary Clinton and other anti-game people who don't actually play games). It'll actually probably end up being at least two episodes (they're going to run about five minutes each), but we'll get to see why JT really hates games, why he hates R* in particular so much, who he really works for, and much, much more.

It'll probably be at least a month until the first JT episode is completed, but trust me, it's going to be brutal. We'll probably be sued by JT himself. :P

You have no idea what you are unleashing in doing this!



Trust me... The right (in general) doesn't like Jackie any more than anyone else does...

If anything, the more Liberal of society (the ACLU et al) are more his style...

Regardless, he's a toad. He's persistant, I'll give him that, but remember the old saying: "Winners never quit, and quitters never win... But those who never quit and never win are idiots..."

swj719, you shall burn in hell heathen. God will reign supreme and come judgement day none of you shall stand before him in righteousness. Live your lives playing this corrupt trash then what will you have to say to God when he asks you what you have done? Fall on your knees and follow HIM for he is your Lord and only redemption.
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