Jack Thompson Vows More Public Nuisance Suits Against Games in 2007

December 29, 2006 -
In one of the more compelling video game controversies of 2006, anti-game attorney Jack Thompson sought to have Rockstar's T-rated Bully declared a public nuisance by a Miami judge.

Despite his failure in that case, Thompson has vowed to pursue the same tactic against M-rated games in 2007. An e-mail press release sent out by Thompson on Christmas Eve reads in part: 
Thompson announces today that he will bring lawsuits in the next calendar year, under various states’ existing public nuisance laws, to stop the marketing and sale of certain ESRB-rated “Mature” video games to minors...

Thompson’s 2006 suit to stop the sale of Take-Two/Rockstar’s Columbine simulator Bully was just a  practice run for what is to follow.  The court’s order of the production of the Bully game prior to its commercial release sets the precedent for what Thompson will do again, but this time with Mature-rated titles that the Federal Trade Commission has recently found are being sold to children across America 42% of the time!

GP: Frankly, we don't see this happening. For one thing, Miami-Dade County Judge Ronald Friedman's order to produce Bully in court for his review carries no legal authority in other states. And, despite his demand to view the game, Friedman ultimately ruled that Thompson's public nuisance claim was entirely without merit.

What's more, Thompson has unsuccessfully tried to push this idea before. In 2005 and 2006 he sought to convince California Attorney General Bill Lockyer that police officers could walk into retail stores and seize copies of 25 to Life under the public nuisance theory. That suggestion went nowhere.

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@Derek-He's welcome to join our ranks anytime.

Jack Thompson should pack his bags and move to Germany, he is better off there then here. At least the politicians there support his ramblings.

Those who dont learn from there mistakes are danmed to repeat them untill they learn or something happens. JBT seems to avoid the formar and he and us awate the latter. We are waiting untill the wheels fall off or his bandwaggon falls off a cliff and takes his licence with it. We know what JBT wants... I think he has changed his words and such many times.

the cycle may stop in 2007 and as far as we have seen. Anti-game bills have poped up, (1 for JBT + Anti-Gamers) but they are been challenged and shot down. (1 for Gamers), JBT and the anti-game politicans have been shown for the showboaters they are for the most part (1 for Gamers)

What about JT's contempt of court trial? I've heard nothing since the judge he pissed off got out of the case. While it would be nothing new, I would hate to see him weasel out of this one too.

fremen, you'd be surprised how many Jack stories I don't print.

I thought this one relevant both for its "look into the New Year" quality as well as a way to document what goes on, what is said, etc.

I think the Kotaku letter thing gets old fast, personally.

Awww, Jacky's new IP is banned from even reading these replies to see how much of an idiot he is? Man, he's going to seriously fail if he keeps trying that "Columbine Simulator" bs. I've played it tons ever since I got it, and like Beardogg-X said. "Columbine Simulator my ass"

Jack, get a life.

Dang, I wish there was an edit button, I ment to say, Jack, put down the law books, step away from the lawsuits, and get a life.

Jack does have a point, we should really stop reporting whenever he sends out emails that say "look at meeeeee!". Maybe bury it in another story and re-arrange the letters in his name as they do on Kotaku.

What's funny to me is that Jack thinks we're really talking about HIM.

No, we're talking about how vain and out of touch with reality he is.

@Father Time - I took some chemistry in college, and usually got the same results when I did it right...

Regardless, I understand what you're saying. What I'm saying is that Jack is trying the EXACT same legal arguments that have failed on constitutional grounds before. Not all judges are the same, but almost all of them will bow to legal precedent.

@Jotun - I wasn't going to take it that far... Christians in general are OK in my book. The fundamentalists who feel it is their duty to push their warped view of reality on the rest of us are the only ones who really piss me off - I'll take reason over faith any day of the week. I really need to read that book, tho.

From Wikipedia:

"Barratry, in criminal and civil law, is the act or practice of bringing repeated legal actions solely to harass. Usually, the actions brought lack merit. This action has been declared a crime in some jurisdictions."

couldn't Mr. Thompson be considered threatening the industry? and aren't threats illegal?

Now that this article has continued onward in bashing JT and didn't take into account what I previously said, I might as well bash him myself as perhaps he's going to continue anyways whether we hate him or not. He's too delusional to stop no matter what we do or don't do.

He know's you hate him and he's using it to give himself a pat on the back and stroke his own ego:

"Wow, this is a lot of posts about someone who is branded here, repeatedly, as above, 'irrelevant.'"

He also is relying on stereotypes to sell his point:

"At root, the real problem that all video game addicts have with me is that they accomplish absolutely NOTHING with their gaming other than a waste of time. When someone comes along to show what one person can do, by the grace of God, against an evil sector of an otherwise benign industry, then that discomfits the nerds who sit on couches feeling guilty about the lives they are wasting."

The nerd stereotype! Haven't heard that millions of times about the gaming community! Not very original now are you Jack? Come up with something new...

Now you people might see why I protest the use of this kind of nerd stereotype because it feeds bigoty idiots like him.

But anyways I find it surprising that he calls our hobby and lives a waste of time, when his whole damn career and efforts are a bigger waste of not only time, but money.

So if that really is you Jack, I don't think that any of us are really scared of what you got to throw our way considering your past failure. And even if you do succeed in the end, it won't last. Comic books were put under the comics code for years limiting what it could should show, but was later taken down. Rock and roll censors limited the viewing of Elvis on television to be above the waste only, but we all know where that went. Heavy metal went through it's crap with people saying it lead people to kill others, but that stopped after a while. History has proven that strict censorship never lasts and the same will apply to anything you attempt to do. In the words of Bill O'Reilly to some of the people who email him "Wise up!"

Jack Thompson sucks. He needs to stop trying to ban games. What's the matter with him? Hasn't he learned his lesson with all the losses he has taken? I look forward to seeing him fail again and possibly get his license to practice law revoked. Florida, PLEASE PLEASE take away take away his license to practice law. He belongs in a mental institution, not in the Florida Bar Association. The thought of someone that retarded in a bar association is a scary thought.

(Thompson announces today that he will bring lawsuits in the next calendar year, under various states’ existing public nuisance laws, to stop the marketing and sale of certain ESRB-rated “Mature” video games to minors…)

So you're going to attack m-rated games that are not made by Rockstar and Take Two? I can only see it if 25 to Life type games are made. Otherwise with your track record of Attacking Rockstar/Take Two games and Grand Theft Auto 4 being released next October, You will be up to the same antics next year.

(Thompson’s 2006 suit to stop the sale of Take-Two/Rockstar’s Columbine simulator Bully was just a practice run for what is to follow. The court’s order of the production of the Bully game prior to its commercial release sets the precedent for what Thompson will do again, but this time with Mature-rated titles that the Federal Trade Commission has recently found are being sold to children across America 42% of the time.)

Finally something both you and I agree on. Bully really was a pratice run for whats to come. In fact, I'm sure the lawsuits you will file will fail much easier than the Bully one did.

- Warren Lewis

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Mr. Thompson, you seem to still be hanging onto the idea that gamers are brain-dead slackers out of their parent's basement.

I suggest you get a hobby like the rest of us. I'm sure you'll find life much more satisfying and rewarding. I understand there are some nice golf courses around Miami.

He just gets more and more pathetic.

Is Laddy Jack going to run down every IP address possible only to be banned at every turn? Stay tuned...

As for his lil' exercises in Alabammy and here in NM--it is to laugh that the Strickland case became "up and running" once Jack was ousted. And the Posey case? Well, let's just say Laddy Jack's going to have a hell of a time vilifying the good folk at Rodey the same way he's tried to drag Blank Rome through the mud.

Speaking of Jack's vitriol, I see he's still pimping the whole "Columbine simulator" angle, a slur against the gaming industry product Bully which is now demonstrably false--if I were in charge, I'd start looking into a trade disparagement case against ol' Miami Jack, possibly as a countersuit to all of his threatened nuisance actions...but that's just me.

this guy never learns when to quit.

@A Gamer

Jack is currently suing Rockstar and T2 with regards to the Cody Posey case, a boy who murdered his family after years of abuse, including sexual. Evidence was given at the trial that the boy was physically, mentally and sexually abused, Incestuous pornography was found on the Fathers computer, which was the only one connected to the Internet. His parents even got his own sister to act as a spy, which often led to his beatings. No wonder he cracked, not being funny but can you imagine one of your siblings having the power to get you physically beaten at will? How de-humanifying would that be? Speaking up out of concern is one thing, simply reporting every bad grade is something else.

The boy is already serving a life sentence for what he did, he accepted responsibility on the spot, even admitting that he shot his sister twice 'to make sure'.

Basically years of abuse caused Cody to snap, not a few months of GTA (Apparently, his father played it, not Cody, judging by his family life, I don't see the boy being bought a games machine anyway).

So Jack is trying to divert responsibility away from a man who sexualy, physically and mentally abused his son for years in order to further his own cause. It's possibly the lowest I have ever seen the man sink. He is willing to put on the leash of any master, no matter how low, to achieve his goals.

That's why we pay attention to Jack, he's a Car-Wreck, people stop and look just to see the twisted mess thats left behind afterward, it's a sort of morbid curiosity to see just how much morality and integrity you are prepared to abandon on your technophobic crusade before you realise that the ends wont ever justify the means.

The whole Bully thing was just mindboggling. I own the game and I haven't seen a drop of blood. My nephew (who plays Mortal Kombat, Halo, etc) actually didn't like it at first because he couldn't just go around attacking people without consequence. Any aggressive behavior towards small children, girls/women, and authority figures results in an instant full trouble meter.. meaning you're better off not even trying unless you want to get caught and having your stink bombs/itching powder/etc removed. The most "risque" thing about the game was the language which anyone who meets the suggested age could easily hear in a PG-13 movie. If this is a Columbine simulator than those angry kids are going to be let down when they find out they can't hold down a school with a potato gun and a bag of marbles. Sad thing is if the game had a more ambiguous title it probably wouldn't have gotten as much resistance from uninformed parents.

So Hack Jompson is going to file more public nuisance lawsuits against games in 2007. OOOOOOOOOHHHHH! I'm shaking in my boots and shitting in my pants now that JT is going to file more! Can't you tell?! Whatever...

He's more of joke now than he was since Hot Coffee and he will continue on a downward spiral until he says something so stupid that all his credit will be lost, whatever is still left of course.

Anyways, I must pose a question to GP and all the people here. Why do you keep talking about JT? Don't you realize that he WANTS you to hate him? It's kind of obvious in how he keeps sending emails to GP and used to be a scum sucking moronic troll on GP which is a major game legislation type of site, now isn't it?

He realizes the very fact that we dislike him and vigorously talk trash about him and his actions causes him and his face to get out there in the spotlight. He PURPOSELY says shit (mocking a gamer suicide, one case of cussing at a gamer in an email exchange, lying about the charity money, etc.) and WANTS you to hate him (telling gamers to WEAR THEIR "I HATE JACK THOMPSON" T-SHIRTS) because that way people start to talk about him and what he is doing, the mainstream media of radio, television, etc. realize that there is another potential outlets for ratings by having the guy on there and be viewed by people who are either curious about what he thinks or those that flat out despise his views, and they put him on. Take a look at that TV report (I forgot what it was) where that interviewer kind of grilled JT on his points and they were talking about the Mortal Kombat Armageddon character modeled in his likeness. Then just try and tell me that the old fart isn’t enjoying every minute of camera time he gets.

Let's admit it. The reason why he was even featured in Rolling Stone magazine, CNN, Fox News, yada yada yada is because people don't like him and want to watch it and have another reason to not to like him. But whether you hate him or not doesn't matter to the people who run the outlets with which he is viewed, it's still viewers and listeners to their station(s) nonetheless, no matter why you are viewing it, and JT gets attention and maybe even paid to appear. It's a matter of not caring whether it's good publicity or bad publicity, but publicity (and hopefully viewers/listeners) either way.

In other words we hate him, mainstream media realizes that, puts him on to get our attention, he gets the attention he wants, more people recognize his cause or if not his cause, at least some front that covers up his real cause (being as he is a lawyer, in that case it would be money and his own inflated ego). In the end run, there is something in it for everybody by him continuing onward and he sure as hell isn’t going to lose out.

The solution? Ignore him. Plain and simple. I know it may be hard as he is constantly trying to oppress us by telling us that we’re essentially mentally incapacitated and cultural scum as well as his spreading of anti-game pseudo-pro-parent lies/propaganda, numerous lawsuits and attempts to stop game production and, in a very familiar nazi-ish way, have games destroyed (25 or Life). But I think that law and justice will prevail over his tripe, as it already has, with perhaps just a little help from the gaming community. I’m saying that the game community as a whole shouldn’t stop talking about him altogether, but seriously tone down how much we do. As to where that line should be drawn is entirely up for debate.

But to close it up here, I better stop before I myself help take his publicity another small notch further.

/rant

Willful ignorance doesn't equal persistance, Jacky Boy, it equals stupidity.

What Jacky Boy fails to understand is that his every action against the industry sets favorable precedence for the industry.

So I already know the exact result of his "wrongful death" lawsuits in Alabama and New Mexico which were nothing more than lies to begin with: the industry will win a favorable verdict. Remember the "wrongful death" lawsuits against Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, and Oliver Stone?

And I've played Bully extensively this past week, and I said it when the real info on the game came out, and I'll say it again:

Columbine simulator, my ass!

Jack Thompson, practice what you preach: Grow up and get a life.

Jeez. This guy's in bigger denial than Bush on victory in Iraq.


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Technically, isn't practicing the act of training oneself to do something until they are successful in doing it, and then applying that training in a practical manner? Essentially, all he's saying is that he did one practice run, and now he's prepared to take it into practice- which at this point, could be construed as he's ready to make himself look like an idiot multiple times without his feelings being hurt.

He's got some sort of emotional endurance.

Well look at it this way: When he goes after the games releasing in 2007 (GTA4, Halo 3, Bioshock to name a few), There's going to be a lot of articles being posted on here which will keep us entertained. I for one can't wait until he goes after GTA4 because it'll probaly be the same tripe and then some coming from him.

Whatever he is sir, he is a big fucker.

@Truthversusevil...

'I see Jack’s changed. He’s gone from being a self-important egotist to being a self-delusional madman.

'Pardon me for saying, but I hardly think that’s an improvement.'

I think Jack always WAS a delusional madman. Probably ever since that debate against Janet Reno, where he wanted to know about her sexual orientation.

Oh, but Jack's right on one thing: 2007 WILL be a great year.

For US. NOT him.

He says we don't do anything about it in terms of what he'll do? I say, hell, we probably don't have to do anything. Just sit back at watch him make a total embarrassment of him. Just sit back and watch him shoot himself in the foot -- no wait, scratch that... make it: blow his entire leg off to tiny bits. There, that sounds more like it.

*yawn*

Wondered when hed spout his rubbish.

This shows how low things have gotten for him, when all he can do is file nuisance public nuisance lawsuits.

Like others have said, if Jack wants to keep humiliating himself in front of a court then he is more than welcome to, by me. He sounds like a golfer who hooks a ball far into the woods and goes, "Um, that was just my pratice shot." They have a word for that... denial.

-Auto

Bully? Ah, yes. That would be the game that came out two months ago and resulted in an unprecedented rise in schoolyard violence and antisocial behaviour. And by "unprecedented increase" I mean "entirely precedented nil effect." If the Bully debacle was the practice run, then I'm sure he's nice and ready to cause judges to play M-rated games and find them also suitable for sale.

I wouldn't be worried about this. Let's say he does start up a few more court cases in different states. All that will happen is that he will become the favourite person of the lawyers defending the video game industry.

Just imagine all the legal fees they are going to get from the poor politicians/groups that Jack convinces they have a case? He will become (more of) a joke that travels around, settles for a few weeks, loses the taxpayers a substantial sum of money trying to push an invalid or unconstitutional court case, then moves along and repeats.

Is there any list of the court cases he has been involved with, combined with how much legal fees have been re-imbursed? Perhaps a press kit describing this could be sent to Senators or other politicians saying "This man has so far cost the taxpayer $X, do you want to be responsible for adding to that total?".

I can't believe Jack actually posted on here! Wow, I didn't think he ever spoke or posted on anything that didnt completely support him, or at least his "faith". Remember his Challenge to the Game Attorney? Soon as Tom accepted his challenge and gave him a time and place (Full Sail, Orlando, January 17th or 18th), Jack wants to do it in his church in Coral Gables. Then, he backs out completely.

Yea Jack you are doing a real good job showing us how nice and compasionate you are for the common man. We nerds should be thankful you deemed it fit to show us the error of our ways. After all, a Multi-Million, maybe even billion, dollar industry is a complete waste of time and eneregy and resources, not at all like pushing unconstitutional laws.

Do you think he would even realize that I'm being sarcastic IF he could still read this? Do you think he even realizes the massive impact actually baning video games (even JUST violent games) would have on the economy, not just in America, but world-wide? Do you think he knows you can play games on computers, too? Do you think he realizes that by blantently insulting us and ridiculing us he shows that he is far from a "protector" of children, much less a "man of GOD", much less a phopet. I've known many men of God, and JT is far from them. Do you think he realizes this site hosts a broad spectrum of people including children, adults, parents, and even the occasional senator?

Jacky just give it up! Please! There are too many real problems in the world: War, drugs, poverty, disease, famine, religous strife, global warming issues, oil, politcal scandal; both republican and democrat, Danfar, and far too many other things to list. Does video game violence even register on that list? At all? (Please note I mention these issues but my stance on them each may vary greatly)

@ GoodRobotUs
Are they really defending a child abuser claiming ame violence was the cause? No offense, but I really hope you are wrong.

In closing, I've said this before and will continue to say this, protect your child, do not protect me. I did not ask for it, nor do I need it.

Sorry for the rant.

[...] 4. Hilary Clinton will distance herself from one minion (He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named) and draw nearer to another (Sen. Leiberman). What this means for the games industry, I don’t know. Perhaps the lady will notice that gamers are (on average) intelligent, well above the voting age and gainfully employed. Perhaps then, she will appeal to them/us/me as citizens, making an effort to have us want her as our leader/ruler. I want to like her. Ball’s in your court, ma’am — that is if you ever announce your plans for the 2008 race. [...]

He's just a child.

He dosn't understand anything he says and is singleminded in his self-degradeing suicide, he has no grasp of the concequinces of his words and actions.


He has no idea that he hurts people with his random alegations and spits in the face of people, for instance that boy who had and abuseive family.


It would be akin to tearing open the wound and pissing pure salt into the would while sodomiseing the victim, uncalled for an frankly: Violent


Simple ignorance won't work on someone as malignant and bloody-minded as Jack Tompson, he needs to be stoped by force and never work in the law profession again

I want to go to court with Mr.Thompson.I will tell all the judges about how close minded Jacky is.Ive been playing mature games since i was 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You dont see me killing people.If there is a school shooting then here comes super jack thompson always saying''Videogames did it!''Ban counter strike!''It was Halo 3''Bully was the simulator''Its your bullcrap over and over and over and over again.Are you bored?Be a police officer.''Hey im jack thompson and i save lives.''Videogames have been around since what the 80s?So your saying that i play a videogame i will go and kill someone?

uhhh jack tompson is so dumb (dont care how u spell his friggin name) but look halo is not jus a damned game where u kill a bunch of aliens,but its more then that,cause A: halo is a story of a mans fight to save the people (everyone on earth),B:its also about haing a hero in your own life that u'd look up too and that well heros are needed to keep peoples hopes up

C! come on are u really gonna listen to a guy who watches wrestling,which has swearing,people getting hurt,and people hurting eachother for the enjoyment of other people,i say this guy is a total hipocrit, so A:shut the heck up, B: go away,C: no one cares for what u think,cause A: to that,u take away games from people,more then likley your gonna have alot of people around killing eachother,or comming for you -.- jus saying

For all you people who live in other states and not Florida you people are lucky.I live in Florida and i always fear him blocking videogames that we citizens want.Who said people can control our entertainment?No one!!!!!!!!!!!!!Now this badass god wannabee isnt even like god.Noway he is pro Christian!If there is a mature rated videogame that i want he might try to block it.Now hes trying to run for judge!Ide rather kill my self than listen to him talk.Everytime i listen to him i get a headache.I bet you hes gonna sue me if he sees this.Oh and Jack,dont you dare try to block anymore games and dont fuck with us gamers!!!!Its our entertainment and you never even played a game.So just fuck off and leave us with our videogames.If you have a problem with it thats just to bad you son of a bitch deal with it.You act like videogames hurt you personally.So stop your bullshit and go fuck your mother.And wheres the money you were gonna give to charity huh.I guess you will pick the smallest things so that you dont have to give your money to charity.You fucker and go drop some weight fatass!!!!!!!!!Everyone here me on this and lets hate Jack Thompson Satans son.

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