Florida Bar Seeks His Temporary Disbarment, Says Jack Thompson

May 7, 2007 -
Controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson's difficulties with the Florida Bar continue.

On Friday the anti-game attorney e-mailed GamePolitics what appears to be a copy of a writ filed with the Florida Supreme Court. The document reads in part:
The Bar has now demanded in writing that respondent Thompson accede to a 91-day suspension from the practice of law on the basis of his alleged unethical conduct... in
a) claiming that three families who are his clients are in fact his clients and

b) preparing expert witnesses for their depositions. 

...this demand that Thompson receive the vocational death penalty is based upon The Bar’s secret collaboration with Blank Rome lawyers who represent Take-Two, the makers of the Grand Theft Auto  murder simulation games. 

It's unconfirmed, but likely, that the the "three families" referred to would be the plaintiffs in Strickland vs. Sony, Thompson's $600 million lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto publisher Take Two Interactive and other game industry defendants. The suit alleges that an 18-year-old who killed two police officers and a police dispatcher did so because he played Grand Theft Auto. A judge revoked Thompson's visiting status to practice law in Alabama in late 2005.

GP requested clarification from Thompson, but the attorney's answers didn't shed much light on the issue:

GamePolitics: So this would be the Alabama police families? Am I correct that the Bar’s position is they are not your clients because you have no pro hac vice status in Alabama? What’s the part about the expert witnesses? What are they claiming there? If you agree to the 91-day suspension is everything else dropped, i.e. all of the other Bar complaints that are outstanding? Is that the deal? Do you plan to agree to the suspension?

Thompson: I'm not suspended from the practice of law and won't be.  I have no idea what The Bar is claiming in this absurd regard.  I have no complaint in that regard because there is no complaint.  This is all an over-reaching contrivance by The Florida Bar.

As previously reported on GamePolitics, Thompson is suing the Florida Bar in federal court. Thompson amended that complaint to include the Florida Supreme Court as well.

We'll post more info as we learn of it.

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Re: Florida Bar Seeks His Temporary Disbarment, Says Jack

 

This man is honestly an idiot. He blames video games for the problems of the American youth. Video games have a smaller effect then he thinks. Consider most kids consider it a game, and nothing more. It's not like the ooh and aah and go finally I can learn to kill somebody. A very small percentage of America's youth take these games to heart. I'm not stating these games are good or bad, just that most aren't taken literally. He's grabbing an excuse where the support to the conclusion is so thin it stinks. He shouldn't even be granted the right to practice law. According to him, if games are violent and obscene, freedom of speech becomes void. Honestly the man needs to reconsider his thought process.

                                                                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                                                                                  A 15 year old kid.

"The undersigned is not making this up. He could not make this up. He does not have a sufficient imagination."

Thompson is, after all, the only certified sane lawyer in the state of Florida.

It couldn't happer to a nicer person. Enjoy being B&, Jack-o(ff)!

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@cppcrusader:

You think this is bad? Try watching SCO v. IBM. It's several years into court and there's still no sign of what SCO is actually suing over.

am i the only one that thinks the reason for the Bar suspending him, is so he can no longer put the ever present "flarida bar member in good standing" on his press releases and court papers, as if he's suspended he is not in good standing (as thats one of the criteria to be taken off the good standing list)

we read the whole writ and man, he's so out of it. sorry but thompson really is in trouble now especially with the blank rome comment. and also, we heard from you as well that he's out to get wendys because of manhunt 2 and wii related toys. what's up with that? we don't know anymore how this guy's mind functions...

http://www.qj.net/Thompson-says-Florida-bar-wants-him-suspended/pg/49/ai...

Hm...it'll be interesting to see Jacky Boy fight the law and have the law win, rather than him.

I love this line.....

'. This is the same Bar and the same Bar prosecutor that threatened Thompson with a psychiatric evaluation, just as it did fifteen years ago, with the result that The Bar’s insurer paid Thompson damages for that insanity, and Thompson was rendered the only officially Bar-certified sane lawyer in Florida.'

Simply because from the way it's worded it looks like Jack got compensation for being insane, and then once he was cured, he got a little certificate :)

With the proper medication, Jack Thompson could function within "normal paramiters" in society, as it is hes just like a hampster in a cage, the wheel is spinning, but he's not going anywhere^_^.

@ Father Time

Actually, I think it can be used against him. As I understand them, State Bars are essentially a club. The reason you take a Bar exam and join a State bar is to practice law in THAT state. You can't call yourself a lawyer nor represent clients if you haven't. The reason for this is to establish a level of professionalism.

Any actions you preform that discredit the bar or lawyers of the bar is grounds for disbarment. This primarily refers to actions in the courtroom. However, I can imagine them using his blatant and pathological unprofessionalism against him. If nothing else, it's a sign of how he may react in court.

I could be wrong, but calling a person who disagrees with you on national television, along with all the other events on national television, can't help his case. The claims of vast conspiracies against him should also be used against him.

A lot of comments have been focused on Thompson's perceived insanity which I don't honestly think is a very realistic observation. What we have here is a hateful, angry man who is running scared and saying foolish things, not necessarily because he believes them, but because he is grasping at straws. A psychiatric evaluation wouldn't prove very useful since I think it's highly likely he'd turn out normal.

All Take Two's fault? He's lost his grip, he must be in a HYPER REALITY VIRTUAL REALITY!

Why is it that these writs and filings made by Jack Thompson read like some teenager's blog posts?
All those childish asides and overblown, grandiose descriptions of everyone being against him -- seriously, I'm just waiting for an "LOL", "LMAO" or "OMFG". It's the next logical step.

Is this for real?

On the one hand, I hope it is because it stands as a shining monument of his instability.

On the other hand, the idea that anyone this totally bent could be licensed to practice law in America just terrifies the hell out of me. It is honestly disturbing to see any adult writing things like this.

I feel a bit ill.

Still no evidence of that mockery of a Writ actually having been FILED...

I always imagine Jack going into public places, frantically looking around, yelling "ITS A TRAP!!", and then high-tailing it out of there

Excellent point GreatNocturne -- he's just like captain Ahab. Crazy, obsessed, and so determined in his goal that even when it's deteriorating all around him, he can't even see that he should just give up.

I would say "I think we all know how that story ends", but I actually suspect there's quite a few people who don't know.

Even if/when his law career is completely shut down, JT will still be whoring for attention. Since children & video games will be a hot-button issue in the 2008 presidential election, you can count on him being everywhere.

I hate Jack Thompson

@ Father Time

I'm not saying that it would amount to anything, legally. However, it could potentially do enough to discredit his stability if it were cited as acting in a manner unprofessional for a lawyer- not within the court, but as an example where the court can say to themselves "yeah, I saw him on t.v.- what an ass."

@bryan
its not that simple. human nature can't stop chasing their enemy once its made.

moby dick for example.

Why can't this guy just shut up and go live under a rock to leave us alone. We can deal with violent games, he just using this as a reason to get rich one day.

JUST LEAVE US ALONE.

I wonder who he'll blame if he does something stupid?

This will be an interesting read for you then...
http://blogurself.com/blog/technology/ebay-xbox-360-issues/

Ok, I don't think he's technically violated his deal with Take Two, but I think this is pretty clear sign he will. There's a part of me that looks forward to seeing how the legal system will handle him.

But seriously though, I've said this before, but I'm kinda worried about him. It's fun to laugh at his gross incompetence and his cartoonish paranoia, but I think he might be well on his way to becoming a danger to himself and others. In all seriousness, when he gets disbarred, he might turn violent.

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Hopefully disbarment will silence Jack forever. He probably will still continue his insane and pointless crusade... in the happy hotel with the men in white.

I believe Jack may be slipping something in his morning orange juice. Something from the Lysergic acid diethylamide family maybe? Or maybe the generic version Crazipillus. Or maybe he has simply skipped the morning orange juice and gone straight to the evening bottle of Wild Turkey. In any case, I really believe he should get another psych evaluation. I'm also taking bets: Paranoid Schizophrenia gets 2:1, Drug abuse 4:1, and He isn't crazy gets 42:1, He is right about the conspiracy gets Three talking mushrooms, to one singing badger with wings and a Salvidor Dali mustache.

I'm sorry my comment has no actual content, I just really needed to get that out of my system. Preferably in public.

This should be settled on a show like 'Judge Judy'. I don't want to hear about JT wasting the time of a real court ever again.

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I think John Bruce needs to be Baker Act'ed.

He might as well sue the entire US government while he's at it. Suing the Bar and the Supreme Court of Florida... makes me think of a runaway kid suing his parents.

Don't let him play GTA. We wouldn't want Jack trained to shoot rifles with his gamepad.

This is why he gets held in contempt of the court at every one he goes to. He pays no respect to anyone. He openly insults the florida legal system, claiming that the courts are conspiring against him with moneybag corperate types (with small penises). Is it any wonder at all that nobody exept anti-tech paranoiacs take him seriously?

I find it disgraceful that he can still wriggle his way onto national television anymore actually.

He reminds me of the teletubbies., because that show didn't make much sense either.

I wonder when the baby in the sun will come out to laugh at us.

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nah its some sort of ploy attackmole trust me

http://overlawyered.com/cgibin/mt/mtsearch.cgiIncludeBlogs=1&search=jack...
i did search for those of you who want to take look at jacks legal history
(overlawyered is a legal blog that talks basically about some of the insanity in our courts system

TBH, thats actually the first time I've ever seen Jack in contact with a gaming organization that he's not actively belittling. Then again, I don't know his game politics record. But, if its a general trend its actually a good move for some more rational discussion.

@Kajek
acting unprofessional on national TV by using the words “Idiot” and “Jackass"

I don't think that can count as anything against him (legally speaking) and if it does then it shouldn't. He was not practicing law when he made those statements, and the man is entitled to free speech.

I am so amazed that no one has yet pulled out that Billy Madison quote. If anything deserved it.

But he hasn't filed it. If it don't have the court clerk's stamp on it, it basically don't exist. Jacko is just trolling GP.

Okay, can someone call the fat lady cuz her solo is in five...

ha ha jack's gonna get disbarred *does the happy dance to a jo jo cd* but hell he deserves it for the crap he's pulled

I'm not sure he's actually filed it with the Court. The Court's docket doesn't indicate that any such writ was filed. Jack's got a well-established history of claiming to have filed, mailed, faxed, etc., documents when he, indeed, has done no such thing.

Baghdad Bob = Miami Jack

"There are no tanks in Baghdad"

"I have no complaint in that regard because there is no complaint."

C'mon people, Jack said there are no claims.

I just read the .doc file and all I can say is, "Wha?"

I can't even begin to explain my feeling of disgust for this guy.

Honestly, even as a teenager, I can sense something is very wrong with Mr. Jack Thompson. I admit there is a certain amount of fear that I attain when I hear about him. The first question that pops in my mind, "What did he do this time?"

@jaberwock
your right i made a mistake lol i dont know what i was thinking lol

You know what! I say good riddance! It feels good to know that Thompson is not practicing law for 91 days and that he is on the verge of getting a vocational death penalty.

Jack's earned this. He really put a lot of effort into getting disbarred, I'm sure it's only a matter of time. There are so many ways he could have avoided this.

OH. MY. Gwell, I'd be lying if I said I was surprised by this. But, my god, assuming he did file this (which he may not have), I'm starting to get seriously worried about Jack's mental condition.

Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking, but no. He's not crazy, or at least he didn't used to be. He's a *jerk*. You don't have to be clinically insane to ignore anything other people say if they disagree with you; that's an all too 'normal' human attribute.

But this... Jack *must* know that you can't write a legal document the same way you'd write a Livejournal rant. But for some reason, he can't help himself. I think, in all seriousness, Jack needs to see a counselor or psychiatrist to help work out some of his issues, because he's clearly losing it.
 
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