Florida Supreme Court Sanctions Jack Thompson

March 20, 2008 -
The Florida Supreme Court will no longer accept anything directly from controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson. If Thompson wants to file with the Court, he's going to need to hire another lawyer to do it on his behalf.

That's the ruling handed down by the Court late this morning.

As GamePolitics reported last month, the Florida Supreme Court issued a show cause order demanding that Thompson explain why the sanction shouldn't be issued. Clearly, Thompson's multiple responses did nothing to change the collective mind of the Justices.

The order issued by the Court may be found here, and the following passages are quoted from it:
After submitting inappropriate and pornographic materials to this Court, Thompson was specifically warned that should he continue to submit inappropriate filings, this Court would consider imposing a sanction limiting Thompson’s ability to submit further filings...

Since that order, Thompson has filed numerous additional filings which led this Court to issue an order directing Thompson to show cause why we should not limit his filings... We now sanction Thompson...

Thompson engaged, to the point of abuse... in a relentless and frivolous pursuit for vindication of his claim that he is being victimized by The Florida Bar...

Thompson’s multiple responses are rambling, argumentative, and contemptuous... What we cannot tolerate, however, is Thompson’s continued inability to maintain a minimum standard of decorum and respect for the judicial system to which all litigants, and especially attorneys, must adhere...

A thorough review of Thompson's filings lead to one conclusion. He has abused the processes of the Court... Accordingly... the Clerk of this Court is hereby instructed to reject for filing any future pleadings, petitions, motions, documents, or other filings submitted by John Bruce Thompson, unless signed by a member in good standing of The Florida Bar other than himself.

...Further, if Thompson submits a filing in violation of this order, he may be subjected to contempt proceedings or other appropriate sanctions.

For his part, Thompson has sent out an e-mail describing the Supreme Court's order as both "good news" and "idiotic."

GP: Just to be clear, this sanction imposed by the Florida Supreme Court is a separate issue from Thompson's Bar Trial which we have been reporting on in a series of articles this week. No decision has been rendered by the referee in the Bar Trial as of yet.

UPDATE: Thompson writes in to say that he mailed today's motion prior to the Florida Supreme Court's order and that, in any event, he is entitled to make an oral argument on the matter.

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Re: Florida Supreme Court Sanctions Jack Thompson

need to comply with court orders they may be severe sanctions. araç kiralama

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Re: Florida Supreme Court Sanctions Jack Thompson

Nintendo is indeed selling SOME of these on the Virtual Console but not even close to all of them. While i agree in part to his piracy he was filling a market that Nintendo failed to recognize. Maybe someone doesnt want to buy a Wii. maybe they just want a console with 50 - 100 NES games on them?? maybe just maybe?

but no Nintendo wants everyone araba kiralama to buy the Wii. thats their excuse but thats not what copyright is supposed to protect. i am real sure that the makers of 10 yard fight were losing sleep because they were missing out on their $0.00025 worth because they didnt get royalties from this player. *smirk*

my question is, should Super Mario Bros. be banned from public domain forever? isnt 23 years enough time for Nintendo to have made their profits?

If you have followed the Steamboat Willie case regarding Mickey Mouse you can rest in your bed well at night knowing that the MOUSE will still be under copyright law, away from public domain after your great grandchildren are in nursing homes. That is beyond ridiculous dont you think??

Gallagher can araç kiralama say all he wants, but I strongly rent a car believe it's due to his crappy leadership and E3 being a joke. ESA's Board of Directors need to find a way to get out rent a car of this horrid contract with this Bush cronie before there's no one left on the Board.

Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing ttnet vitamin or little and need to start saving costs.

YES.

Now I don't have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

Wait... I think that sounds like a good idea.

But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God's Sake... least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

that was supposed to be a

that was supposed to be a response to Ghost Coins' statement. That's what I get for being a first time poster.

I feel a great disturbance in the Force... as if dozens of half-written legal filings suddenly halted in their tracks as their writer cried out in terror.

Music to my ears.

Hmmm.... Time for plan M, or maybe it's N now?

It's just a spam filter, really.

There's no way Jacko will be able to control himself and not file something with the court. Contempt of court charges here we come. Of course that will just give him more ammo to paint himself as a victim but it would still be nice to see.

BAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! THIS IS ONLY A STEP UP THE MOUNTAIN AT WHOSE SUMMIT LIES JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON SILENCED FOR ALL OF ETERNITY.

Note: Caps Lock was intentionally left on.

But once we get there, what will we do then?

@GoodRobotUs:

Depending on who his cellmates are, he may end up going down on something more than a martyr.

I'm guessing the next step is to sue the Florida Supreme Court, the Bar, Take Two, EA, Microsoft, GP, Kotaku, PA, Nintendo, Sony, Norm Kent, that guy who's always waiting for the bus who looks at him funny, Salvador Dali, and the Lone Ranger in federal court for conspiring against him.

Not unexpected at all.

Too bad it only applies to the Florida Supreme Court, and not any sub-courts... Oh well. It's a start. ;)

@mogbert

"This pretty much shows the court doesn’t feel he is a qualified counsel. If he is not qulaified, how can they keep him on the bar?"

Because it's not up to the Florida Supreme Court. Disbarment is handled by the Bar, not the court. They are, however, allowed to be quoted as an "authority" when it comes to determining if he is qualified to be a lawyer.

"That means, about 2:30 PM, you can expect him to file a Rehearing Motion, stating that he can file it because this sanction wasn’t finalized yet."

He can file it. It's a "final chance" to state his case. However, they are free to reject the motion (see the determined catch), which would finalize the order...
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

@Jabrwock:

Actually, in Jack's (and all other) disciplinary proceedings, the Florida Bar prosecutes. Judge Tunis makes a recommendation in her Report. The Florida Supremes either accept or reject her recommendation and stamps their approval or disapproval. So, the binding sanction actually eminates from the Supremes.

@JackDon'tKnowJack

I suppose. The disbarment is essentially the Bar suing JT for "breach of contract" (breach of the rules he agreed to abide to when he got his license).

So the judges do have authority to "rule in favour of" the plaintiff (the Bar)...
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

So, does this mean he can't file in any court in Florida, or just the federal courts, or just the florida supreme court?

Once again Thompson, make the courts job easier and just bend the fuck over!

@Jabrwock

I'm not certain even a law school student would want to go down this road, think about it. How'd you like your first impression on the local circuit judges AND the florida bar to be "figurative" threats on the same florida bar? (sprinkled liberally of course, with gay porn and references to JT as jesus)

OBJECTION!! Objection!! Judge, I object on the grounds that there is a conspira--

Overruled!! Sit down, Mr Thompson! And please stop sending me naked pictures of your boyfriend.

"They've got me surrounded... the poor bastards."

Jack, as predicted, has filed his motion for re-hearing:

http://jaablog.jaablaw.com/2008/03/20/supreme-court-sick-of-jack-thompso...

Congratulations! The Florida Bar has euthanized its lawyer more quickly than any other test subject!


For his part, Thompson has sent out an e-mail describing the Supreme Court’s order as both “good news” and “idiotic.”


I'd like John Bruce to get comment privileges for this one topic as I'd like to know how the hell this is possibly "good news".

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Papa Midnight

I love the fact that Jack tries to file with the clerk immediately after being told he can't file with the clerk by himself. Your filings will be nice and cozy in the clerk's round file, Jack.

You know what is the absolute best part of all this? Jacko posted a few things over on JAABlog, and here's the jewel.

""And by the way, Jackdon'tknowjack, you stated in a post at Gamepolitics.com that I contact victims after school shootings. I never do that. I am going to find out who you are and sue you for that."

Oh ho ho, better watch out Jackdon'tknowjack! A guy who can't file anything to the court is going to sue you! What's next? He's going to shoot you with an unloaded gun?

Ah, Jack, you're too good. In a community so fractured and divided, only you could bring us all together, side by side.

"Kantana: I’m at a loss for words. I’m so happy right now it’s insane!

And Thompson, if you’re reading this, here’s a song recommendation for you that I think will fit nicely to what you’re experiencing these days:
Celldweller - Welcome to the End "

- Here's another song that would be fit for that

"Beginning of The End" by Spineshank. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C39MzhiRhhM

Lyrics (Which describe the situation EXACTLY from Thompson's view): http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/spineshank/selfdestructivepattern.html#5

He does not give me somehow so that IV the smallest chances to hold back to have the premiere Gta

This is a great victory for Thompson. He has them right where he wants them now. ;)

Good move, Florida, good move.

PARTY TIME!

Jt has got an offical 'STFU' from florida, theyre as annoyed as we are, this can only mean good things for us and bad things for ole JT

Mr. Thompson, you cannot blame anyone else but yourself.

Even presuming the worst and there is no disbarment, this is devastating to his career as a lawyer.

How can he represent people in Florida when any case could potentially go before the Supreme Court of the state, and he'd have to bow out and get another lawyer?

@x(wai)x, I think you mean a disturbance in the Farce! ;)

Time to put a bottle of champagne in the fridge.

That's the most wonderful thing I've ever heard from the gaming press :D

I'm assuming he sent out a press release to all known media to make sure everyone knows about this.

Right?

the funny thing is this could hae been easily avoided by him, the reason he got sanctioned is not for the fact that his filing are asinine but for the reason that he sends 14 when 1 will do the trick, for example, he is given 14 days to show cause, and he sends them files on days 2,4,5,7,8,10, and 13, had he instead held off on filing until day 13 or 14, and filed them all as one huge file (not so huge as most of the filing all state the same thing) this wouldn't have happened to him he has nobody to blame for this but himself

Mr. Thompson's Doomsday clock just moved to one minute to midnight...

JB wins this thread for clairvoyance.

Oh boy! I can't wait for GP to publish whatever tactic jack is going to try when he sees this. Will it be the threatening lashinging-out at uninvolved journalists? Or the "all part of my master plan" hoakum he likes so much?

I can hardly wait.

@GoliathWins

"I’m assuming he sent out a press release to all known media to make sure everyone knows about this.

Right?"

And likely claim that this is what he wanted and the Florida Bar has shot themselves in the foot.

When you're delusional, you'll never bored.

I cannot express how relieved I am to see some sanity demonstrated by our courts, and I feel vindicated in my belief that Thompson is just batshit crazy.

I almost want him to be unbanned. What can he possibly say now?

I also love how his answer was effectively "It would be easier for me to disbar everyone involved in this case than to justify myself" and "Telling me to only file sensible motions is the exact same thing as silencing me entirely!"

So, yeah, no surprise here really.

*giggles*

That's good. That's good. That's very good. THAT'S FUCKING EXCELLENT.

crash and burn baby. crash and burn.

Hooah! (Sorry I had to)

This story has made my day just a little bit brighter. We all know Jack will not go down quietly, even with the sanctions against him. He will continue to submit filing after filing until he is held in contempt. He will then scream his First Amendment Rights are being violated.

And when that happens all of us will throw our heads back and have a good hearty laugh.

@x(Wai)x

Possibly the best play on that quote I've heard yet. Beautiful, just beautiful.

ohh...

I can see Thompson at the Clerk of the Courts office:

*waving fingers back and forth* I'm not the lawyer you think I am, I'm not the lawyer you think I am

Clerk: Sorry Mr. Thompson, I'm not accepting that

JT: !#$%!%!#

Na na na na
na na na na
heey hey hey
goodbye!

Finally, my prayers have been answered!

O.K. All thoes who didn't see this comming, please raise your hand...


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