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.