Into Its Second Week, Jack Thompson Trial Resumes Today

December 3, 2007 -
The famous Scopes Monkey Trial lasted only eight days.

The prosecution of Jack Thompson by the Florida Bar may take considerably longer.

Although information from the courtroom of referee Judge Dava Tunis is sketchy, GamePolitics has learned a few more details of Thompson's desperate fight to save his license to practice law.

For example, while the Bar set aside last week to hear the case, that time frame has already been exceeded. Direct testimony and Thompson's cross-examination of seven witnesses for the prosecution consumed most of the week. Thompson only began his defense on Friday afternoon.

Testifying in support of complaints made about the controversial attorney to the Florida Bar were:
Judge James Moore: He revoked Thompson's pro hac vice (visiting) license to practice law in Alabama in 2005 based on Thompson's conduct in Strickland vs. Sony.

Clatus Junkin: Thompson has alleged that Junkin, an Alabama attorney, claimed he could fix cases before Judge Moore.

Jim Smith and Rebecca Ward: Both are attorneys for Philadelphia law firm Blank-Rome. They were Thompson's opposing counsel in the Strickland case.

Judge Ron Friedman: He presided over the 2006 Bully case.

Al Cardenas & Lawrence Kellogg: Both are attorneys for Florida law firm Tew Cardenas; this one relates to Thompson's ongoing campaign against his other favorite target, shock radio.

I had a rather brief (and not entirely pleasant) e-mail exchange about the case with Thompson over the weekend. He asserted that he was winning and that the trial would go on for weeks.

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And not in the good way.

Ok...Looks like the situations getting desperate. Stalling tactics, 2 judges supporting the complaints etc. What I find strange is that rather than claim it is a victory now, as he usually does, he seems to be actually waiting for the verdict, which is very unlike him.

Some doubts in the mind, Jacky?

And as an annendum to what was previously said, don't they usually come out spouting crap about how they were unfairly treated by the other players and they were cheating etc etc, then just go on to claim that all of those who beat him are in fact "noobs"?

Yeah, that is Thompson to a T

I suspect it will end with Thompson being told he has to file any grievances against organisations through a seperate lawyer for a few years or the like. The big problem with Jack from the Bar's point of view is his habit of imagining something, assuming it is true, assuming his assumption is evidence and then proceeding to sue someone because of his assumed assumption.

At least if he has to go through a seperate lawyer things like 'where is the evidence' start to be considered before everyone is in court.

I suspect he'll still be free to act as other people's lawyer, there's no law about being a bad lawyer, but his habit of vexatious litigation, and especially his method of pulling facts out of nowhere without any real supportive evidence (remember the vibrating controller or 'nobody shoots anyone in the face' etc?) have proved embarrassing for the Bar in general because it makes them all look unprofessional.

That said, I don't know the entirety of the charges levelled against him, there's a thin line between stating opinion and libel. Claiming that a Judge can be bribed is not an opinion, it is a rumour, and one that was put about to deliberately attempt to gain leverage for Jack, that in itself could land him in very hot water, it's not un-akin to attempting to gain an advantage through Blackmail, the rumour doesn't have to be true, people just have to believe it.

Jack is winning! That means he'll be disbarred by Christmas!

@jadedcritic:

That's probably why the trial will take a long time. Takes a while to properly dot the i's and cross the t's. Give him time to blow everything the first time, then there's no chance.

That's not to say he won't try, no matter what.

@ Phantom

Ah, that first point is something i forgot to add before. Thanks for reminding me there.

"The God king has betrayed a fatal flaw, Hubris." - 300

So how will you celebrate Jack-Tommy Day? I hope it doesn't fall on Valentine's Day, although St. Patrick's Day would be good.

Well as I see it Wacko Jacko needs to cool off in the slammer for sueing too many people.Wendys....Bestbuy....His mother....His kids....His dog.... Almost rockstar....If he continues he might sue mcdonalds for giving him a hamburger with mayo on it instead of mustard.

@monte

The thing is, all of Jack's kicking and screaming is basically him refusing to accept lesser forms of discipline. Given that he's been a problem in the past, and it's taken this much effort just to give him more than a slap on the wrist, the Bar is likely to opt to just plain rid themselves of him rather than repeat this 3 ring circus in another 5 years

Jack will always say he's won. Even if he got pummelled by a guy dressed up as a Manhunt character wielding a WII controller.

@Phalanx

Don't forget about the marshmallows, to be roasted over the smoldering remains of a career gone down in flames.

Did the monkey in the Scopes trial lose, too?

If this is winning according to JT, then I'd hate to see what he considers "losing"...

OMG! SANTA IS JUST A CLEVER NAME FOR SATAN! COAL IS REALLY BRIMSTONE! "SANTA" GIVES VIDEOGAMES TO GOOD KIDS TO MAKE THEM EVIL!

Don't worry everyone, even if Jack Thompson is disbarred and completely disappears from all the media coverage on game violence. I'm sure there is some other failing lawyer ready to pick up the crazy torch and run with it.

@Zerodash:

Indeed.... in the words of the Sega Rally announcer:

Game Over yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

@Gameboy:

Exactly. Thread (and Thompson's career) over. :P

@Vinzent:

MADNESS? THIS! IS! THOMPSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

(I sincerely apologize for the preceding stupidity.)

@smeagol23:

Sounds about right, LOL.

I have a feeling that after this trial situation is over that Jack Thompson will be back on this site to entertain everyone.

Clearly two John Bruce Thompsons work there.

"Thompson only began his defense on Friday afternoon."

I can see his defense following the pattern of his motions and last minute gasps to get the case dismissed. He will blame others, bring up what they do for a living, insinuate wrongdoings on their part, and the judge will ignore each of these, telling him time and time again, "This is not relevant to the trial at hand."

I think at best he will be able to drag the trial out, but eventually they will disbar him.

@ jds

What would be worse is the idea of:

Jack Thompson Televangelist aka Gods Angry Man

He is already used to preaching about the "evils of games" and there are always some that are will follow such in blind devotion. He gets to continue his television attacks on games (and stroke his ego) and might be in a position to cause some damage when actually backed by religion.

His would be an amusing sermon (irony) when you consider in his rudeness, general lying and passing the blame for his mistakes (sorry I keep forgetting he does not make mistakes... hmmmm) on others.

Even as an agnostic that leaves a bad taste.

Wait I have a name for it. The church of The Lying Scapegoat.

I just don't understand Jack Thompson.

@Austin Lewis

Yeah, so you. You ever consider joining the forums? We've got a few veterans but no lawyers. Plus we need someone to counter Pandralisk.

The fact that he says is winning now is different from all the other times how?

God speed into the wind my friend,where it takes you may it be far far far far far far away from the media and the news world, prehaps retirement shall find you a quite life.


Walker T
In jacks case winning means no jail time ^_~

"He asserted that he was winning and that the trial would go on for weeks."

"...would be dragged out as long as possible." I think would be more fitting.

am I the only one who thinks "winning" and "go on for weeks" don't really go together?

Two judges, two law firms and another lawyer..

Jack's boned.

"He asserted that he was winning and that the trial would go on for weeks."

A Thought: a long trial is not a sign of a sure victory. In fact, it's the opposite. If your victory were so certain, there would be no need to take so much time to verify this, and the case would end quickly. That it does not means that your victory is uncertain, as they need to spend much time to determine wither or not your innocent.

Also, you're desperate, flailing attempts to stall the case suggest that you are in fact in trouble. If you were so sure you were going to win this, you wouldn't feel the need to stall as much as possible. You are stalling, therefor you clearly fear something about this trial, I wonder what that is...

Not suprising really, Thompson has a nice history of claiming complete failures as victories for him.

I guarantee if he does get disbarred, he'll claim it as a victory, that he planned it all along and the video game industry is falli ng into his trap. Or something along those lines.

The man is simply completely incapable of admitting that anything he does/thinks could ever be wrong

It took a whole week for Thompson's cross questioning? Wow he really must have grilled them. I can only imagine the types of questions they were asked.

He asserted that he was winning and that the trial would go on for weeks.


So winning is dragging the hearing out for weeks. Lovely. So much for a happy Christmas for the Thompson Family.

John Bruce to Family, "I know it is Christmas morning, but I made sure that the trial would continue through today so that I could blame it on the vast conspiracy to silence me."

And the madness continues...

Of course he told you he was winning. You think he'd actually come out and tell you if he was getting his ass handed to him?

Well, at least when he gets disbarred, the Florida taxpayer's money won't be entirely wasted.

I give it another week. Anything beyond that is the Jack Thompson equivilate of filibustering.

"I had a rather brief (and not entirely pleasant) e-mail exchange about the case with Thompson over the weekend. He asserted that he was winning and that the trial would go on for weeks."

What the hell? My comment (since I got cut off) was: Jack Thompson winning? That's a good one. He's never won a damn thing.

I figured Jack would drag this out. Every day extra he can drag it out is a winning day for him.

Expect this to go into the New Year, folks. You know that when he loses, he's going to appeal. He's got nothing to lose by appealing, and will probably get a stay against enforcing any disbarrment until after the appeal is heard, which could take years.

"So much for a happy Christmas for the Thompson Family."

I have to believe Christmas for the Thompson family involves him dragging his son around to malls and trying to get the Santas there to promise him an M-rated game for Christmas.

"He asserted that he was winning and that the trial would go on for weeks."

Poor guy, he's in denial. :(

*Coughs*

@Jmcc

LOL!
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Jack claiming that he is winning - if this "win" is consistent with past "wins" then I'm keeping the Guinness chilled and on standby. The weather here has been a bit wet and rainy, not suitable weather for s'mores, but one can still use the microwave in a pinch.

@Jmcc:

Thompson: "Your honor, i'd like to add the Union of Store Santas as witnesses to the growing, undeniable conspiracy against me"

Judge: "And *snigger* your evidence for this?"

Thompson: "Santa promised my to get my son Crysis for christmas"

Seriously, though, if this is JB winning, i'd LOVE to see what JB losing is like...

The Miami Dolphins have a better chance of winning one game this season than Thompson.

One thing that I think isa rule of general combat and warfare, never, NEVER declare victory before the battle is even half way in your favor, unless victory is assured(No Thompson, it IS NOT assured here) then you are likely to fail as you are less likely to properly prepare

Tic toc you still can't stop the clock.

Heh, I'd really like to know who he'd get for his defense. At this point, who could he provide? He's alienated any ally he's ever had. Aside from maybe Dr. Wunderman who did his "screening" (which could be discounted by the court because they didn't approve it) and perhaps one of the four "experts" he keeps mentioning but never names (although I think he named Col. Grossman as one of them during the VGXpo debate), the impression I get is that he's pretty much on his own.

It reminds me of the line Gomez Addams said in the first Addams Family movie: "They say the man who represents himself in court has a fool for a client. Well as god is my witness, I am that fool!"

im just waiting for him to start the ameture courtroom dramatics like he does normally. somone should send the vid destructoid had of him holding up big signs in court and getting told off by the judge.

poor jack, i think he's seen too many courtroom drama movies.

This seems remarkably reminiscent of the time when he "won" against rockstar by having a gag order placed on him...

Of course he broke said order and nothing came of it, just the icing on the cake for the judge and jury to consider.

If he can really hope to counter the many discrepancies (spelling) that he has commited by claiming that he did it for the children, ensuring that they would not be exposed to such "terrible evil videogames" then I will be extremely surprised and will probably regain what little respect I had for the man (that is of course before he went absolutely senile).

And as a public personal for Jackie (John Brucie) Thompson, "give up the act, you will find plenty more work as a lawyer in a retirement home resolving the case of the missing dentures!"

In closing why does this man still exist anyway? if his theories are to be believed then we have already chainswed him, shot him, beaten him, grenaded him and pushed him off of a building (etcetera) however none of this has actually happened!

TTFN

(all words posted here are the opinion of Pominator, CEO of Green Phoenix industries (c) 2028, by reading this fine print your soul and body are now exclusively the property of Pominator, any action you take is because Pominator says so, you are allowed to breathe)

"Of course he broke said order and nothing came of it, just the icing on the cake for the judge and jury to consider."

Likely why they didn't do anything about it. It was a legal agreement, and Thompson broke it.

And using online gaming logic, isn't it usually the hotshot who says he'll own everybody before the match really starts the first to get owned when the match actually starts?

yep, as ever the case in a game of 4v4 swords, damn Yank overconfident noobholes

Anyway it happens, and since the world's favourite lawyer fits into said position, I think this will be fun to watch, anyone got a live eCast of this?

They could make JT's life into a situational comedy show on E4!

(all words posted here are the opinion of Pominator, CEO of Green Phoenix industries (c) 2028, by reading this fine print your soul and body are now exclusively the property of Pominator, any action you take is because Pominator says so, you are allowed to breathe)

Jacks screwed, I know it, you know it, we all know it ;).

"I had a rather brief (and not entirely pleasant) e-mail exchange about the case with Thompson over the weekend. He asserted that he was winning and that the trial would go on for weeks. "

he really needs to lay off the acid, because he seems to be getting these hallucinations more often than usual nowadays.
 
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