Florida Supreme Court Comes Down Hard on Jack Thompson

February 21, 2008 -
Embattled anti-game attorney Jack Thompson, already awaiting a referee's decision regarding his possible disbarment, got an additional spanking from the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday.

A docket entry posted by the Court, and forwarded to GamePolitics by Thompson himself, reveals that the controversial attorney has been hit with a show cause order for allegedly "abusing the legal system:"
02/19/2008  ORDER-SHOW CAUSE   TO: JOHN BRUCE THOMPSON It appears to the Court that you have abused the legal system by submitting numerous frivolous and inappropriate filings in this Court.

Therefore, it is ordered that you shall show cause on or before March 5, 2008, why this Court should not find that you have abused the legal system process and impose upon you a sanction for abusing the legal system, including, but not limited to directing the Clerk of this Court to reject for filing any future pleadings, petitions, motions, letters, documents, or other filings submitted to this Court by you unless signed by a member of The Florida Bar other than yourself.

GP: I've not yet seen the complete text of the Florida Supreme Court's order so I am unable to fully address what behavior on Thompson's part may have provoked the show cause ruling. A request to Thompson to explain the situation went unanswered, as did a request for a copy of the full show cause ruling.

As he typically does, Thompson has tried to bluster his way through this latest setback, writing in an e-mail:
This is the single greatest gift that any court has ever given me in my 31 years of practicing law.  I shall now, through a new federal lawsuit, deconstruct The Florida Bar...
Thank you, Supremes!  You have given me the weapons I need.

Commenting on the show cause order, Florida attorney Norm Kent, a longtime legal adversary of Thompson's, told GamePolitics:
This is game, set, match for Mr. Thompson. The Supreme Court gave him a warning last April. Now he is going to be barred from even arguing or pleading his own case. And once the Supreme Court does this, other jurisdictions will follow suit. Looks like his only venue will be Fox News and gaming site blogs...

Meanwhile, Thompson has forwarded a response to the Florida Supreme Court. Again, more of the bluster (why does he see this as a winning tactic?):
This court’s panicked threat against Thompson... has wonderfully proven not just that Thompson has no “adequate state remedy” but that he has no state remedy at all.  This court threatens Thompson if he even files this pleading.

This is a brazen attempt by this court to repeal the absolute right of every citizen, under the First Amendment, to “petition the government for a redress” of grievances...  

The [Florida] Bar threatens a whistleblower with retribution because he dares to keep blowing the whistle? This court has threatened Thompson.  He does not threaten back.  He hereby informs this court that he will see it in federal court.  This court has just thrown Brer Rabbit into the briar patch.
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Re: Florida Supreme Court Comes Down Hard on Jack Thompson

I cant accept the supreme comes down.What i suggest this case will be reconsider to court.




That joke predates Family Guy by at least a decade.


The Bar taking away his license will certainly be one of the greatest things for any of us.

"This court has threatened Thompson. He does not threaten back. He hereby informs this court that he will see it in federal court."

Did he seriously just say he wasn't going to threaten them back, then threatened them that he'd take them to federal court? Thus is the reason why Thompson is crazy.

I could see it now...a T-Shirt with Jackie Boy's face on it saying "The Court threatens, but I inform!"

Taking all bets! Disbarrment by March 30:1, Disbarrment by April 5:1, Disbarment this year: SURE BET! No Punishments: 1,000,000:1

Ah. It's refreshing to watch this loon stab himself in the foot. It's the highlight of my day.

I wonder if anyone's going to print up "Jack THompson got disbarred and all I got was this lousy T-shirt" shirts. >.> Anyone? I'd buy one... Or two... Dozen.

Jack just cannot admit when he's made any sort of mistake or error of judgment. I think this really is some sort of delusional behaviour that needs to be looked at by a professional. I don't know how he is going to react when he loses his license. Given his increasingly erratic behaviour and his past conduct (look at http://nationalgaynews.com/content/view/1815/174/ Jack "was accused of attempting to drive Neil off the road by his station on the 79th street Causeway").


I'll take the 1,000,000 - 1 bet for $1. If the unthinkable happens, I'll be a millionaire. If it doesn't, I'd buy that for a dollar.


And his retort is alogn the lines of "nyah nyah, don't have to!!!"


Like trying to beat an F22 Raptor using an Ultralight

"This is the single greatest gift that any court has ever given me in my 31 years of practicing law. I shall now, through a new federal lawsuit, deconstruct The Florida Bar…"

OMG that is nearly EXACTLY what JT said when Take Two sued him! Guess what? TT and R* are still here.

Truly the rantings of a mentally handicapped "man".

In Bizzaro world...

I just love the way that Jack thinks that 'Show cause' means 'You're being legally reprimanded for'. He was asked to appear to explain the volume of his filings, it's like the 'Gay Porn' incident, Jack seems ignorant of what 'show cause' actually means, he already assumes even his own guilt in the matter....

Agree with Benji, Jack's wife has remained extremely professional throughout and has stayed clear of the issue, and we, in turn, show her the same respect.


It's a parody of a Family Guy joke.

Anyway, on the subject of his wife, I wonder what her thoughts are on his actions? Does she support him or not? And why hasn't she forced some sense into him by now?

Kuros and Blackice:


It's nothing to do with Family Guy. Have a read.

After seeing this, I'm pretty sure that Jack isn't as delusional as he appeared. He just thinks to don't read court fillings attentively (remember he classified us as idiots), so he wants to appear intimidating to those who don't read (I always find them hard to read). The thing he doesn't realize, once he's disbarred, the "intimidating" appearance he built will shatter in pieces.

Now, he'll get what he had coming for 31 years (since I saw no successful cases in his records).

What is the current score for the JT t-Shirts?
"Florida Bar 1[IMHO 9+], Jack Thompson 0 GamePolitics.com ? Blog Archive ?"

When I look at JT's current antics I don't take joy in it anymore because of how many times he's done it. At this point, the man could dress up as Jesus in Full costume with full self-inflicted stigmata and set himself on fire in the street and I wouldn't surprised by it.

His situation right now reminds me of the old WWII anecdote that ended up in Saving Private Ryan: A bunch of allied soldiers take down a group of Nazis and purposefully leave one alive. They make the live one dig graves for the bodies of the dead he's killed until he loses count of how many holes he's dug. When his captures tell the Nazi he's finished, he instantly realizes he's dug one hole too many at which point the Allied Soldiers shoot him in the head.

JT is not one of the Allied soldiers in this analogy.

I believe that Jack's in hot water (or coffee perhaps?) because he is questioning the validity of the signature on the loyalty oaths for almost the entire Florida Bar (!). Specifically, he has held Judge Dava Tunis (the judge presiding over his disciplinary case) up to the light for possibly forging (her own) signature on the loyalty oath.

Yes, he's that desperate that forging your own signature is now a criminal offense that should force you to lose your job.


This means Jack might have to find a REAL lawyer to help him?

Crap, he just might win.


Unfortunately, you're probably right.

This is kind of appropriate.

'Less than' i 'greater than' italics 'less than' 'forward slash' i 'greater than'

Also, make sure you close your tags. I think that if you don't close your tags on this board, the following messages will be stuck in the tags. I could be wrong, but it looks like the previous people got stuck in a quote tag.

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I'm curious... When (not if) this howler monkey does lose his license, is GP still going to keep giving him blog space? If he's no longer a threat all it'll do is masturbate his ego. I say we ignore him and find a new big boss to fight.


"What is the tage for quotes?"

I normally use italics but "blockquote" is probably what you're looking for.

Andrew Eisen

Semi-off topic, but I sent the following letter to The Washington Post today:

"You may or may not be aware that the controversial Floridian Lawyer Jack Thompson is claiming that your paper supposedly verifies the "fact" that the Virginia Tech mass murderer CSeung-Hui Cho played the PC game Counter-Strike. I do recall reading that in your paper, but I also recall the point vanishing from the story soon after. As everyone except for Mr. Thompson is now aware the point about Counter-Strike was proven false by the official Virginia Tech report.

Was this point officially retracted on this point, and if so what is the Post's opinion on Mr. Thompson falsely claiming your paper as a reference on this erroneous point to other news agencies?"

"Son of a submariner!"

FFVI reference for the win.

Jack's pulling out all the stops with the empty threats now. The threats smack of "conspiracy theorist". He's probably thinking it's all a big conspiracy again!

He's treating his whole career like a game. Or in his words, "Jack is in a hyper-reality situation in virtual reality."


But the point of Counter-Strike I've not been able to find in the Post's archives. Ergo, its a point they may no longer support.

For a lot of Jack's various idiocy visit http://justicebuilding.blogspot.com/search/label/Jack%20Thompson

It's a Blog by various legal professionals in Miami. I spent all day yesterday just browsing and my mind is officially blown at his demeanor.


I'm finding a lot of stuff for some reason that I missed before.

Dear Jack Thompson.

you are not a whistleblower. whistleblowers do not post pornography in the docket

whistleblowers do not make claims such as " This court has just thrown Brer Rabbit into the briar patch."

and most importantly, whistle blowers do not refer to themselves as christians, yet claim Thank you, Supremes! You have given me the weapons I need. when chrisianity is a monotheistic religion.

your just crashing and burning and clawing at the walls to try and stop your fall.

How on Earth does this guy pass any kind of mental evaluation? Several times, too, if I remember right. He is absolutely delusional! He sounds like a cartoon villain!!

Jack Thompson sees a court room ahead. The lights appear to be off.
? Enter room
Jack Thompson enters the court room. It is dark, he can hardly see anything. He is likely to be eaten by a gr...The Florida Bar.

[...] Story from game politics Check it out [...]

one cock slap to jack thompson hold the onions...add jalapenos fo extra burn

Oh that silly goose...

True. The shovel probably looks like Andy DuFresnes' rock hammer. Could be using the drilling machine from The Core.

Jack Thompson is not a lawyer. He just plays one on TV

Wimp Lo: Ha! Face to foot style, how do you like it?
Chosen One: I'm sure on some planet your style is impressive, but your weak link is: this is Earth.
Wimp Lo: Oh yeah? Then try my nuts to your fist style!

I thank that sums JT up perfectly.

It's official. Jack Thompson will virtually sue ANYONE for libel is they say anything remotely negative of him.

I seriously ought to just make a calm rant about him in my deviantart journal and send him a link to it in an e-mail. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if he threatened to sue ME, like the child that he is.

What an IDIOT. He needs to get perma-banned.


"I shall now, through a new federal lawsuit, deconstruct The Florida Bar…"

Right, because his federal appeals have worked GREAT so far... ;)

I've always wanted to see what happens when a lawyer gets slapped for "filing too many inappropriate filing..."
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

Well, I gotta hand Thompson one thing- at least he stays positive. Utterly delusional, but positive nonetheless.

I'm sure getting his license taken away will top this for 'greatest thing' the court has done to him.

"at least he stays positive. Utterly delusional, but positive nonetheless. "

Heh... so true. He's quite the optimist.

Holy crap.

Crazy +10

Seriously, his responses are purely delusional, and I wish I could come up with an analogy for it but I cannot possibly concieve anything mindbendlingly absurd that would match the lunacy, except maybe for Hitler's insistence that he was still going to win the war even as the Russians were knocking on his door.

Maybe Thompson has Parkinsons and is a meth addict as well?

Once his license is suspended and he therefore is no longer even a semblence of a threat, I believe that GP, Kotaku and the like should stop publishing any information of Jack Thompson. As was stated by Norm Kent "His only outlet would be FOX News and gaming Sites" Lets take the gaming sites away from him too.

Did he seriously just use Brer Rabbit in a legal pleading? That in itself has to be grounds for taking his license away. I mean come on! Where's the professionalism?.... oh wait, it's Jack Thompson, never mind.

On another note "including, but not limited to directing the Clerk of this Court to reject for filing any future pleadings, petitions, motions, letters, documents, or other filings submitted to this Court by you unless signed by a member of The Florida Bar other than yourself."

Isn't his wife a member of the bar? In fact didn't someone say she was on the disciplinary board for it as well? Couldn't he just have her sign whatever nonsense he wants to push through? She obviously hasn't had a problem with his shinanigans so far.

"Therefore, it is ordered that you shall show cause on or before March 5, 2008, why this Court should not find that you have abused the legal system process and impose upon you a sanction for abusing the legal system, including, but not limited to directing the Clerk of this Court to reject for filing any future pleadings, petitions, motions, letters, documents, or other filings submitted to this Court by you unless signed by a member of The Florida Bar other than yourself."

a) All of Thompson's bluster doesn't change the fact that he is not prevented from petitioning the government for a redress of grievances - he just has to go through a (sane) attorney.

b) This is potentially bad news - it forces him to retain actual legal counsel, something he has been sorely in need of for years.

May i be the first to say it, yay!

@Quad9Damage and JB

I do believe Uncle Frank from Home Alone put it perfectly: "You be optimistic, I'll be realistic."

He's digging himself deeper and deeper with this foolish bravado. Keep it up, Jack!

I like how he cites the First Amendment like he gives a rat's tail about it.
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