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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This is hopefully some good foreshadowing of what's to come from the court ruling on his licensure.

Or it could be bad, in that the ruling will come back in his favor, and they're still just trying to shut him up for all his douchebaggery.

Here's to hoping!!!

Okay, so it looks like we don't have to worry about JT much anymore (Justin Timberlake on the other hand is still a serious national threat). But honestly, how much longer does this insane legal battle have to go on before the man is simply disbarred?

"Again, more of the bluster (why does he see this as a winning tactic?)"

He has more than a touch of megalomania, me thinks. At the very least, he's a self-absorbed ass with an ego at least as large as the stacks of nuisance filings he produces.

Jack, I know you're going to get in here and read this at some point, if you have not done so already, so ponder this:

Every time you have said that a legal setback was a blessing in disguise, you have been shown to be wrong. What makes this situation any different than the others?

Hypothetical: Jack gets disbarred, permanently.

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I believe it is as game-set-match as it can be. If Mr Thompson tries theatrics at the show cause, well, let's just say that alternate career paths may have to be explored.

It's only a matter of time now...

We're getting there.

I think we should all chip in and buy Jack a framed demotivational print. I'm thinking the one that says "Consistency: It's only a virtue if you're not a screwup".

I would admire Jack's "I reject your reality and substitute my own" mentality if he weren't so incredibly wrong about pretty much everything.

@ TheGreg:

"(1)Isn’t his wife a member of the bar? (2)In fact didn’t someone say she was on the disciplinary board for it as well? (3)Couldn’t he just have her sign whatever nonsense he wants to push through? (4)She obviously hasn’t had a problem with his shinanigans so far."

1.His wife is a member of the bar (I think).
2.I dont think she can sit for the disiplinary actions of her husband. Something about having ones preception colored by intimatly knowing the accused.
3.See point 2 for why she cant sign whatever he wants to do.
4.We dont know that.

Oddly enough, he says he's been "practicing" law for 31 years. While I believe this is true, he's just using the verb incorrectly.

He really has been practicing for years. Shame he never got to actually go out there and try the real thing. Ah well, there's always Judge Judy for him to look forward to!

Classic Thompson. Many times in the past he has declared "This is Dennis'/Take-Two's/Florida Bar's/etc last mistake. I thank them for allowing me to destroy them!" And to date how many people/organizations has he destroyed? Yeah, zero.

hahahahah utterly priceless.

he seriously wants to see himself as a martyr sacrificing himself for the children (although i suspect actually he just wasnts the money and publicity) as a 'whistleblower'

And then he makes out like the judges are all gamers who want to 'silence' him, but he'll keep on taking the hits for the future of mankind.

Lol JT do yourself a favour, these judges keep on telling you you are an idiot, not because they are on the game industry payroll, but because you are an idiot. simple. They are bringing up your errors as MATTERS OF LAW. I am of the opinion you ABUSE THE LEGAL SYSTEM (they also said so) and that wastes taxpayer cash. It also irritates the heck outta everyone. your like a gnat buzzing around somebodies head, repeatedly bashing into them like your puny weight will do anything. Well sooner or later people get tired of that , and they will swat you like the meaningless parasite that you are.

Oh and after all the comments on the samuel jackson blog, JT returned to post just one short sentence. 'you gamer idiots'. hahah mature, and professional. wow.. and you wonder why people think you shouldnt be a lawyer when you say things like that.


It would be interesting to see if all his antics would be admissible in court to proclaim him totally batshit insane and have him committed to a mental institution.

Now is the time to post more official complaints to the Florida Bar about his unacceptable behaviour (calling all gamers drug-addled serial-killing morons, etc.)

Jack's going to hell, and he's too blind (delusional) to see what's really happening to him.

I wonder if anyone has submitted JT's Wikiquote page to the Florida Bar? :)

Jack Thompson indulges in Vexatious litigation and SLAPP suits?

I would never have guessed.....

And there are [i]still[/i] no American tanks in Baghdad, apparently.....

What an awesome birthday gift. I woke up to bed in breakfast, gift card to gamestop, and jack getting slapped in the face by the courts.

You've just gotta love how obliviously optimistic the man is in the face of his own demise. I'd be laughing if I didn't hate him so much. You have to wonder what it takes to knock some sense of reality into him short of a sledgehammer blow to the head.

Hopefully this is a good indication of how the court is going to decide. It's clear now that they've had enough of him and are probably embarrassed that they've allowed for him to practice law for a long as he has. I believe disbarrment is the only logical route they can take, and hopefully his latest antics regarding NIU will give them more reason to lean in that direction. Even a suspension would not be enough for them at this point.

Sock it to him...

Optimistic isn't he? Now let's see how he gets barred from practicing law in Florida.

It's put up or shut up time and he can't do either.

Jack Thompson is AWESOME!!

Even when he loses horribly, he still somehow wins!!

Unfortunatly I think he needs to be commited by a psycologist's prognosis not a judges, and unfortunatly jack has a habbit of acting in sutch a way during the evaluation that they say he's a devout man but not nuts. Yes (I think) they have to examin him before hes commited (unfortunatly)

Oh snap!

So basically, the court's saying that because JT's been 'allegedly' abusing the legal system like a red headed step child (which he has, I'm sure GP has more than enough examples of this on record), that the court wants to see how they aren't actual abuses (even if they are).

In summation, JT's painted himself into a corner of his own legal making. Good going JT. A winnar is you!


I think it doesn't matter what the court where going to decide, Jack's own actions have more or less made up their mind for them, so even if he would have got away with just a slap on the wrist for his previous behaviour, he's let his tantrum throwing persona loose somewhere outside just the Internet, and helped make up their mind for them.

I suspected when this first all came down that Jack would face a few months suspension and a written warning, a lawyer has to seriously screw up or break the law to be disbarred, but I honestly think Jack took that chance and ripped to shreds all by himself with his own actions, he's a thorn in the bar's side, but not in the way he thinks he is, not because they are worried about him, but because he gives them a headache, much like a 6 year-old screaming in a Supermarket because he didn't get sweeties.

To quote fake Sam L J on Jack, 'I know you got some cool in there, it just ain't nowhere near a public got-damned forum'.

I have never seen someone so thoroughly unable to figure out when to quit.

It's like watching a VW-Beetle with NOS driving down the train tracks towards an oncoming locomotive.

soo... when should i plan the debarment party?

By the way GP, I love the pictures you put up of Jack. He tries to look all serious, but they make me laugh because I know his true nature.

It's like looking at an eight year old trying to be an adult, it's cute.

I hesitate to find mirth in another's self-destruction.
But then I laugh.

I always wonder if he really believes what he says or that he's just in so deep that there's no way back for him. I'd almost pity him..

@ ApokalypseNow

In Bizzaro world, Jack is an excellent lawyer.


In Soviet Russia, Florida Bar sues Jack!

At what point in time does GP, Kotaku, and Sarcastic Gamer come out and say that "Jack Thompson" is just a made up character that they've used to entertain us over the years.. and that he doesn't really exist. I have a difficult time believing any real person would write such comical non-sense to his boss, even more difficult to believe it considering his boss is the Judicial Branch of government.

Seriously.. spill the beans already GP, this JT character has been a riot and deserves his own skit on a G4 show.. maybe he can be the voice over for Ninja Warrior. Squid Man will win it all next time!

@TheGreg: Yes, apparently JT's wife is also a member of the bar and could sign off his lawsuits for him if what the judge suggests comes to pass.
There's two big reasons why she probably wouldn't if she cares about her career. One, it's obviously a big conflict of interests. From what I know of professional ethics (which is some, I'm studying for a professional exam these days) you want to avoid any situation that even presents the possibility of a conflict of interests.
Second, the purpose of making JT pass his filings through another attorney is so that the other attorney would not sign off on JT's crap, thereby helping to decrapify the courts. If JT's wife used her position as a bar lawyer to let him keep filing the lawsuits, she'd be jeopardizing her own status as a member of the bar and may expose herself to sanctions.


There's no Florida in Russia..

I'm also reminded of a joke, whose lesson may be of use to JT.
A man is driving down the freeway when he receives a cell phone call from his wife. He answers, and his wife says, "Honey, have you been listening to the news? Apparently there's one crazy guy driving the wrong way down the freeway!" To which the man replies, "One guy going the wrong way? Dear, I see hundreds of them!"

@ Void

I dunno...I think the "stupidity" or "mistakes" poster would be perfect for Mr. Thompson. Furthermore, is there a lawyer in the state of Florida that will sign off for him after seeing what he has done?

Looking forward to the disbarment...

can't wait to see his ass barred. what will be in the days afterward? the exodus theory? world piece? 2012 not happening?

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@ IllegallyMindedJohn

Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and other insane christian activists were/are surely real people. Lyndon Larouche is a real person. If kooks like them are real, then believing JT is real isn't too far of a stretch.

I've worked with legit mental patients back in college, and some worked under similar "logic" that JT does. He's perfectly believable.

Looks like you got my, and a thousand other emails about this. The docket list for Thompson looks like a young child sticking his finger in a light socket.

Jack has now been rated EC-10 for a sensability offense.

"The [Florida] Bar threatens a whistleblower with retribution because he dares to keep blowing the whistle?"

When the whistle blows at a deafening volume non-stop for days on end, then yeah, I'd want retribution as well.

I actually believe that the man does not understand what is happening in his own trial. He cannot comprehend the meaning behind this show cause motion, as evidenced in his little outburst:

"The [Florida] Bar threatens a whistleblower with retribution because he dares to keep blowing the whistle?"

This has absolutely nothing to to do with his whistleblowing (read: quest for self promotion), but is regarding his SPAMMING of the docket with motion after motion after addition and correction. Hardly a day goes by without one or two extra motions thrown on there and frankly the court has had enough. Whether they believe he is using it as a stalling tactic, or that he is trying to bury the original charge under so much paperwork that it will fall over, they want answers and this Show Cause motion is intended to get them. Unfortunately, Jack cannot understand this and sees it as an attack.

On the other hand, perhaps he understands only too well, but knows as well as we do that there is no defense for his spamming of the docket with ludicrous and spurious claims. Such childish behaviour is unbefitting and adult, let alone an attorney in his practice.

"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."

So JT is Anonymous?


"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."

Yes, his wife is a member of the bar, and is on the disciplinary board. However, due to conflict of interest (natch) she'd have to sit out on any decisions regarding his fate.

She *could* sign his stuff for him, but methinks that at the very least, the number of lunatic filings would decrease, and perhaps even the spelling and tone would improve. While she probably tolerates him filing such nonsense, I suspect she'd have the good sense to at least review them before attaching her own John Hancock to any slew of documents he threw at the court.

The gay porn incident, I believe, would be a prime example of something that would have been handled differently. She would likely have applied for a sealed submission, for one...
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

Hehe, he's so screwed.

Jack Thompson couldn't deconstruct a ham and mustard sandwich, let alone this.
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