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.

Comments

Ah, the first step towards the public neutering of Mr Thompson :)

Aren't the rationale given for the sanction the conditions that would constitute disbarment, based on the Florida Bar's own rules and protocol?

It's as if he wants to get disbarred.

@Rey

That's exactly what I was singing when I saw that.

I knew it!!

Jack Thompson wins this case...wait what? He lost?

YES! Thank you, ohh thank you American Court system! Thank you guy who prosecuted against JT...And thank you gay porno for giving JT his "dirty" thoughts...

But the Bar trial will probably continue, as this sanction was decided a month ago (though I don't know much about Florida laws, so I could be wrong).

This could be VERY interesting.

If only I could shut Keith Vaz up.

P"ick.

Obviously the Florida supreme court is conspiring with the Florida Bar Association and the video game industry.

How long until he claims that this is proof of the vast conspiracy against him?

@Rey
I find that to be an exceedingly appropriate song to sing right now

HAHAHAHA!

Classic. Beautiful. I can't wait to see him flail impotently at this one.

And now that he made the ENTIRE Florida Bar against him, it'll be hard for him to file anything. So, it's a crippling blow because his only edge is that he's a lawyer.

I think my heart just stopped.......

http://www.drneau.com/clips/pacman_killed.wav

'Nuff said. :P

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(deep breath) AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA

The system works. I'm so pleased. Setting aside his agenda, the one thing I've never liked about the guy is he's a bully. Seemed to feel like the legal system was his own personal implement to bludgeon people with who don't share his belief. Maybe I'm not a lawyer, but I read that to basically say the legal version of "We warned you. SHUT UP."

The system works!

Jack Thomson prevails again! They've fallen right into his trap!

[...] I just read on the Game Politics blog that the Florida Supreme Court has implemented sanctions against notorious anti-games attorney Jack "Murder Simulator" Thompson : 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. [...]

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

Didn't see that coming! Ha!!! ;) :D

I read the document, and here's what I took away from it: The Florida Supreme Court agrees that Jack is a shitty lawyer.

Now he will submit his legal pleadings to the media until even THEY get sick of him.

"The order issued by the Court may be found here"

Messed up my previous post. The hyperlink to the entire order is missing.

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


You know the more that Jack is losing the better he thinks he is doing. Just for once I'd like Jack to realize, "Oh hell, I'm boned."

A show hands for everyone who thinks that he'll keep filing anyway to the point of sending even more things their way. If only to clog the system.

This is great news. Not the best news (that of his disbarment), but good all the same. Now that they have told him in plain language why his filings were intolerable, maybe he will have the time to reflect on them and realise what an idiot he has been. In all seriousness, how could a grown man think that petty insults, accusations of conspiracy, pornographic material and the infamous "picture book for adults" were good ideas?

I think most, if not all people learn at some point in their lives that sometimes there are things that should not be said. Conversations where things said too hastily in anger or frustration cause the loss of friendship, respect, or even have repercussions on one's professional life. Things we say that we wish we could take back and this time, think before saying. That's in the spur of the moment however. This man rattled off his letters, "media alerts", "responses", motions, etc. without a single thought as to whether what he was saying was a good idea or not, and it has cost him dearly.

Abraham Lincoln was said to have wrote letters in anger. Mean, spiteful an insulting letters, but he never sent them. As he wrote, he mulled over his words and ultimately decided against sending them, perhaps instead, having "exorcised" the angry words and getting them out, he was able to reflect without the initial anger and compose more suitable messages. If only Jack had picked this historical figure to compare himself to (as opposed to Paul Revere, Jesus, Batman, Martin Luther King, etc.), he may not have ended up in his current pitiful state.

I laugh at JT. I laugh a lot. This one made me laugh so hard I almost peed in my pants. It's embarrassing really.

I would LOVE to hear how the idiot in Miami thinks this is a good thing. He probably thinks it's "proof" of a "widespread conspiracy against him". Shiny side out, JT.

I tip my hat to the Florida Bar Association, and here's hoping they will go all the way and disbar this embarrassment of a human being.

And there was MUCH rejoicing! Best news ever! :)

Grr, first sentence of last paragraph should say "written" instead of "wrote".

My kingdom for an edit function GP!

@GP
Can we see the email JT sent out in response please ??

[...] Florida Supreme Court to Jack Thompson: "STFU" Filed under: Game Industry, Game Politics, Jack Thompson, off topic — Takuan Daikon @ 4:58 pm I just read on the Game Politics blog that the Florida Supreme Court has implemented sanctions against notorious anti-games attorney Jack “Murder Simulator” Thompson : 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. [...]

[...] GamePolitics has just released some breaking news about game hating attorney Jack Thompson. Following the Florida Supreme Court’s complaint about Jack’s frivolous and time wasting suit filings, it has just come to pass that the silver-haired enemy of videogames got smacked down with sanctions effectively hampering his ability to waste court time. [...]

@Shadow Darkman,

We should keep base camp anyways, because JT could use other venues to be heard.

[...] GamePolitics has just released some breaking news about game hating attorney Jack Thompson. Following the Florida Supreme Court’s complaint about Jack’s frivolous and time wasting suit filings, it has just come to pass that the silver-haired enemy of videogames got smacked down with sanctions effectively hampering his ability to waste court time. [...]

i am very interested in how this will turn out.

So, uh, where was this 'wonderful ammunition' that JT was going to wow us because the FL Supreme Court 'gave it to him'? The only thing it looks like they gave him was 'The Finger'.

And JT says the ruling is both 'Good news' and 'idiotic'? Buwha? I wonder if he means he's been an idiot and the ruling was good news for folks who want a bit of decorum from the legal institutions of our great state and nation. Or maybe JT just had a few too many Rum & Cokes after the ruling. Thats completely possible too.

This is a victory for the Florida legal system, yes, but for JT it's only an obstacle. Remember his wife is a lawyer, and while we know she's sane and has good standing in the legal community, we don't know if she's also willing to throw it all away for him.

I doubt it because she's got a long list of honors and is part of a good firm, but you never know.

What's the over/under that Jack can find another attorney who cares as little about hanging on to his license as he does?

The beginning of the end for Jackie T?

I sure hope so.

@JackDon'tKnowJack, depends on how much his wife loves him. More than her legal career? Or less than her legal career?

Sweet sweet victory! Now maybe all the news shows will stop asking him to spew out piles of crap anytime there is something about video games worth reporting.

I just finished reading the full order. The Tasse order is hillarious. Mr. Thompson has been extremely arrogant and derogatory, but I do not recall him ever dropping "Mother-F@#ker" in any of his filings. I was thinking of something else that was brought up in the Tasse filing.
Court orders and filings are part of public record, but public record cannot be used as a cause for slander/libel. So, uncouth individuals that happen to have a J.D. and practice in a particular state can file defamatory and potentially libel/ slanderous statements all day long and not get busted for it. I would argue that use of the courts in this manner is another violation of the Bar's code of ethics, and also grounds for a contempt of court charge. Just a thought.

I wonder if this will cause him problems. While he knows other lawyers, I'm sure he is only on friendly terms with some of them. The court has already spoken out on this matter, so he will either need to stop sending them, or try and get someone to sign them for him. But that carries the danger that whoever signs for him will also face contempt charges unless they are reasonable filings. That would mean that just about anyone he approaches to sign it for him will likely turn him down. This could cause him to feel isolated or friendless.

What happens then depends on his reality distortion field. He will either feel as if everyone in the world is holding him dear in their heart, or he will possibly lash out at a world that has rejected him, likely in a long and rambling press release.

Note: I purposefully didn't name any relations in this post.

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

ON NO!!!

This is EXACTLY what Jack Thompson wanted!! Now the florida bar is his to destroy!!!

This is exactly the good news jack was looking for.

Meanwhile, on planet Earth, the rest us raise our glasses to the Florida Bar.

I'll bet that, despite the Court's clear warning that they'll hold him in contempt if he so much as files a sheet of Kleenex in violation of their order, Jack'll file something in violation of the order before close of business today.

Handcuff time.

It kind of scares me that JT is shouting victory at this decision, but only until I think of him eventually divorced, alone and forgotten behind the base board of a soiled bathroom in a mental institution....

This is a beautiful day....*cry*....

[...] BREAKING - Florida Supreme Court Sanctions Jack Thompson [GP] [...]

@JDKJ

I think that's what he's aiming for, if he can't win, then he'll go down a 'martyr' to the evils of the gaming industry in his own eyes.

@GoodRobotUs, please, I would pay good money to see that happen.

Is it sad that I can see Jack going as far as the supreme court to try to argue his case that the Florida Bar is conspiring against him?

I don't think that it is so far fetched that he could find a lawyer to submit for him. For a price that is. I would certainly charge him to be his personnal editor. I charge by the word edited.

But yes it won't be so hard. Some lawyers don't care much about the case, just getting paid for it.

The hope here by the Court is that by getting a real lawyer to sign off on filings, it will dramatically reduce the volume and clean up the language of the filings.

This can only be a good thing.

I feel sorry for the poor court clerks who had to wade through his bile.

@JB
Nicely put :D

This might be one small step to devastate JT, yet it's a step never the less.
Sooner or later, he will lose more, and the day will come when we all can celebrate his disbarment.

I'm wondering if his wife will "risk" her career for her beloved looney husband.
Honestly I'm quite surprised that she hasn't ditched him already...

We saw this coming, why didn't Jack?

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