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.


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.


                                                                                                                                  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)!

[...] full story here soundtrack for this post found here [...]


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...


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."

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.


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

This will be an interesting read for you then...

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.

[...] Story found in: Gamepolitics [...]

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.

[...] more | digg story No Comments so far Leave a comment RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI Leave a comment Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTMLallowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong> [...]

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.

[...] Florida Bar Seeks Temporary Disbarment for Jack Thompson Filed under: Uncategorized — recar @ 12:56 am Florida Bar Seeks Temporary Disbarment for Jack Thompson 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…[gaming] [gaming news] [game] [news] [...]

nah its some sort of ploy attackmole trust me

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.

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?"

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.
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Matthew WilsonWOW is copping EVE. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/18141101/introducing-the-wow-token-3-2-2015 I think its a smart move to deal with gold farmers in this way.03/02/2015 - 1:16pm
Matthew WilsonI guess epic is tired of having their lunch eaten by unity. https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/ue4-is-free03/02/2015 - 12:50pm
Andrew EisenNot much to follow. Kern is being silly and... nothing much else is happening.03/02/2015 - 11:40am
Papa MidnightI ask because, having only just heard of it, I have not, and I was hoping for some insight.03/02/2015 - 11:39am
Papa MidnightHas anyone been following this petition by Mark Kern regarding Kotaku, Polygon, and VG247? https://www.change.org/p/kotaku-lead-the-way-in-healing-the-rift-in-video-games03/02/2015 - 11:38am
ZippyDSMleePaypal shuts down Mega's payment system. https://torrentfreak.com/under-u-s-pressure-paypal-nukes-mega-for-encrypting-files-150227/03/01/2015 - 3:25pm
Matthew Wilsonvalvle planning to release a vr headset this year wtf http://www.pcgamer.com/valves-vr-headset-is-named-vive-and-htc-are-making-it/03/01/2015 - 1:05pm
ZippyDSMleeuuuhhhggg in other news been sick since last night.....uuhggg.....I iwsh it did not hurt so much when my tummy wants to leave my body..02/28/2015 - 11:39pm
ZippyDSMleeBrings me to the Q why alt costumes would be needed in competition anyway... http://www.eventhubs.com/news/2015/feb/28/dead-or-alive-community-aims-ban-over-120-overly-sexualized-costumes-dead-or-alive-5-last-round/02/28/2015 - 11:36pm
MonteThough from a business side, i would agree with the article. While it would be smarter for developers to slow down, you can't expect EA, Activision or ubisoft to do something like that. Nintnedo's gotta get the third party back.02/28/2015 - 4:36pm
MonteThough it does also help that nintendo's more colorful style is a lot less reliant on graphics than more realistic games. Wind Waker is over 10 years old and still looks good for its age.02/28/2015 - 4:33pm
MonteWith the Wii, nintnedo had the right idea. Hold back on shiny graphics and focus on the gameplay experience. Unfortunatly everyone else keeps pushing for newer graphics and it matters less and less each generation. I can barely notice the difference02/28/2015 - 4:29pm
MonteON third party developers; i kinda think they should slow down to nintendo's pace. They bemoan the rising costs of AAA gaming, but then constantly push for the best graphics which is makes up a lot of those costs. Be easier to afford if they held back02/28/2015 - 4:27pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2015/02/28/the-world-is-nintendos-if-only-theyd-take-it/ I think this is a interesting op-ed, but yeah it kind of is stating the obvious.02/28/2015 - 2:52pm
prh99The government probably doesn't need an app, but I was think more along the lines of a company that was going to sell the collected info. “If you're not paying for the product, you are the product” sometimes even if you pay.02/28/2015 - 1:50pm
E. Zachary KnightWhat better way for the government to keep track of you than to get you to install an app that lets you insult the government.02/28/2015 - 11:03am
prh99No, but I looked it up and it's basically spyware. Their privacy policy says their apps tracks among other things your location and browsing habits via cookies.02/28/2015 - 8:20am
Ryan RardinHas anyone here heard of an app called iCitizen? It's basically Yelp for politicians.02/28/2015 - 5:16am
Andrew EisenAh, not linked in the way you (and everyone else) want and expect. That's true.02/27/2015 - 10:06pm
Matthew Wilsonthey are not linked in a way that tracks purchases though. the fact that they have to send a code for the other system shows that they are not linked in the way it counts.02/27/2015 - 9:39pm

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician