Late yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Adalberto Jordan dismissed (24-page pdf) John Thompson vs. Florida Bar, et al, Miami attorney Jack Thompson’s civil rights claim against the agency which regulates Florida’s legal practitioners.
The ruling clears the way for Thompson’s Bar disciplinary trial to begin on November 26th before a referee appointed by the Florida Supreme Court.
In a ruling issued earlier yesterday, Judge Jordan also denied Thompson’s motion (3-page pdf) to add me as a defendant in the case. While Judge Jordan did not mention the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), which Thompson also sought to add as a defendant, it’s a moot point since the entire case has now gone away.
In response, Thompson has filed a notice that he intends to appeal Judge Jordan’s decision. In addition, he has filed an emergency request with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court to stay next week’s Bar trial.
UPDATE: Judge Jordan has denied Thompson’s request for a stay. The 11th Circuit has denied several other requests… Looks like this one is over.