Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says Bar Trial Judge... FL Supreme Court Must Now Rule

May 20, 2008 -

The judge who presided over Jack Thompson's Florida Bar trial late last year has recommended that the controversial attorney be found guilty on 27 of 31 professional misconduct charges. The Florida Supreme Court must now rule on those recommendations.

In a report issued last week, Judge Dava Tunis writes:

After considering the arguments presented by the Florida Bar and the Respondent (Thompson), observing the Respondent's demeanor during the nine-day trial proceedings, and carefully reviewing the record consisting of four volumes of exhibits totaling 1700 pages and approximately 2400 pages of transcribed testimony, the Court finds that the facts, circumstances and evidence presented regarding the Respondent's conduct, supports a finding of guilt as to certain Florida Bar rules...

Tunis made 21 recommendations of guilt in relation to Thompson's participation in Strickland vs. Sony, an Alabama case in which the anti-game attorney represented the families of two police officers and a police dispatcher slain by 18-year-old Grand Theft Auto player Devin Moore.

Tunis also recommended that Thompson be found guilty on four out of five counts relating to his 2006 attempt to have Rockstar's Bully declared a public nuisance in a case before Miami Judge Ronald Friedman. An additional two guilty counts stemmed from a non-video game matter.

Among the Florida Bar offenses for which Judge Tunis has recommended a guilty verdict:

  • Knowingly making a false statement of material fact or law to a tribunal
  • Knowingly disobeying an obligation under the rules of a tribunal
  • Communicating the merits of the case with a judge before whom the proceeding is pending
  • Using means that have no purpose other than to embarrass, delay or burden a third person
  • Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation
  • Engaging in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, including to knowingly or through callous indifference disparage or humiliate litigants or other lawyers
  • Making statements that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to the truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge

Judge Tunis's full report to the Florida Supreme Court is due on September 2nd. In the meantime, a disciplinary hearing regarding possible sanctions against Thompson will be held before Judge Tunis on June 4th.

For his part, Thompson has made a number of allegations concerning Judge Tunis, including a complaint that state-mandated loyalty oaths were either not signed by the judge or were signed by others. Thompson also has filed federal lawsuits against the Florida Bar and Florida Supreme Court in relation to the Bar charges and other sanctions.

For all GamePolitics coverage of the Bar Trial of Jack Thompson, including transcripts, click here.


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Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

(standing infront of max security prison) HEY BA-BA, I THINK YOUR GETTING A NEW PLAY MATE:)

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

The Wicked has been punished

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

I bet the judge was a gamer.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

One word, infinite meaning...

"Pwnd"

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

.....WUAHAHAHAHAH"HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHHAHA

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

I say we throw him into Silent Hill where he can rot, but wait! Theres zombies too! Lets hope Pyramid Head rapes him good.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Hey Jack, you ready to start your career as a stunt butt in gay flix?  We checked yer resume out and thought it was perfectly ironic considering you were a lawyer...

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

 

Clearly, Pheonix Wright made him do it.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

He should've played more Pheonix Wright...

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

hmmm. i though he'd at least be recommend for 33 out of 31 counts...

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Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

For anyone that's wondering about the dubious titles such as "First Amendment Attorney" that Jack Thompson gets in his TV appearances, it may just be a matter that Jack claimed them and just told the staff that's how he should be known as.

It's like giving a card with your name on it to someone  so you can claim your name in a school photo, or something. This was also abused in my school, a Chris (not me) had to go by the name of "Flexin' Chris".

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Jack Thompsons response: "I did it for the lulz."

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

This is proof my friends that there is a God, and he is a Gamer!

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

PWNED!!!!!!!!!

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

If Jack Thompson really wanted to fight video game crime, he'd sue Squenix to get The World Ends With You Back in production....

>.>

<.<

Just sayin'

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Um... what? It's out, ya know. Go buy it.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

His next response: Cut your hair you hippie!

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

I think this story was the first Thompson Internet Bomb.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Karma is a Bitch  

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

the U.S.  court room is a place of LAW

 

not a place of personal opinion.

 

and definiately not a place for the two to come together.

 

 

i'm vey glad that this judge decided to step up to the plate.  he must have been tired of seeing THOMPSON V. ______ cases on his docket every other month. 

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

We, the gaming world, would like to say but one thing to Jack Thompson

 

Grats

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

He made allegations at the Judge? Dude, he can't accept that he's gonna thrown out.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

He wont be gone forever, he will be back, and with sandwich boards.

Just another nut patrolling Florida prophesising the immediate doom of humanity, he will just blend in.

And now, the finale...

The heathen was shot down, and lo, gamers across the world rejoiced, cos the asshole finally got what he deserved all along.

All is well again in the world of the Game :)

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Oh the fucker's done, he will be going to jail for this

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

OK, Here's how it goes:

Johnny Bruce buys GTA IV to alleviate the stress of being on the Florida Bars Top List of People to Disbar. Not to mention that his bar trouble is coming up soon. He takes a pic and sends it to our friendly GP guys as evidence...Evidence of WHAT? look at the pic, a psycho guy buys GTA IV. Soon, he'll shoot up a florida courthouse killing countless numbers of people and say "Blame it on Final Interview."

The pic was evidence that a man can go mad. Your Welcome. Have a lovely Bar Trial Jacky Bruce!

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

I hope Thompson goes down hard.  He really pisses me off. 

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Said it before and will say it again.

HOOAH!!!

I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!



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I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

It's nice seeing the system of justice at work.  I wonder if judge Tunis just decided after she hit the 27th violation, "Do I REALLY need to tack on 4 more?"

At least Jack's record of cases he's won when dealing with video games remains an impecible 0.

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"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

The suspense is killing me!!! I can't believe we haven't seen any kind of response yet. Even though GP was down he has posted elsewhere before. I am just shocked we haven't seen anything yet. Is it possible that this was a blow to his ego and humbled him just a bit?

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Humbled?

OBJECTION!

He'll view himself as a martyr or prophet spurned by a world that is completely evil. What we need to do is to infect him with a severe case of laryngitis to shut him up for a while.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

 What a fantastic early birthday present.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Hm...wonder if I could possibly take a vacation to Florida in early June...

Anyways, about damn time...

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

About time.

You reap what you sew JT. Enjoy it.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

I hate to be the party-pooper but the actual sentence (more correctly referred to as the "sanctions"), if any, that Judge Tunis will recommend Jack receive is unlikely to be handed down on June 4th. That date is for a hearing on the issue of sanctions, at which time the Bar and Jack will be given an opportunity to argue about what they think is an appropriate sanction. The actual sanction will more likely be included in Judge Tunis' Report and Recommendations to the Supreme Court (which isn't due until sometime in September).

Sorry.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Sentencing is June 4, according to the Justice Building Blog

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, ...

I wonder what will happen after this date. Mike from panic away review guide.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges

Thompson's losing his job because he refused to practice what he preached about growing up and getting a life.

He's getting what he deserves.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges

"He's getting what he deserves."

Ever watch that old "Veggie Tales" movie called Jonah? Your line, quoted above, reminds me of it.

I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce "Jack" Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!



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I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

In the words of 4 certain attorneys...TAKE THAT!

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Which 4 are they? I know at least one of them is Phoenix Wright.

I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce "Jack" Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!



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I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

that would be Phoenix, young Mia (3rd game case 1 and 4), Edgeworth (3rd game case 5 first trial part) and Apollo Justice (4th game aptly named "Appolo Justice Ace Attorney")

 

 

oh! and JT = Von Karma (aka the ultimate douche)

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Before we cheer and celebrate in the streets, let us wait until the final verdict is pass, and Mr. Thomspon is removed from practicing the legal system.

 

Also, we should remain civil.  Calling on to have all sorts of physical, mental, and even emotional duress and attacks on him, is exactly the sort of crap is kind of person live for.  To be Martyrs!  Refrain from the ugliness they are craving.  Abstain from being less human, less educated, and less civil.

 

In their minds, they need us to be evil, and villianous.  An if we play up that act, they will have more JT's down the road.  This judge, did not rule in favor of gamers around the country.  This judge ruled on the facts as they are presented, and the letter of the law.  That's it only.  I'm sure he will have some way to find an appeal to a higher system of law.  But even that, will be revoked, and his career as what-ever-he-claims-to-be will be over.

I wonder if Fox 'news' will report their star attorney lost the privilage to practice law, cus he lied and cheated the public trust?

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

That's along the lines of what I was going to say, but GP's been so rocky lately on being online that I couldn't get the comment through. Keep it civil. They guy may be a Grade-A jerk and a liar, but he is still human.

---- There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians. http://www.goteamretard.com

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

To both Anonymous and Freyar,

Civility is futile concerning JT. I should know, as one of the many people who has tried to strike up a conversation with him over e-mail. I have to admit, that conversation cost me a good friend.

I am a lost soul, condemned to haunt the dreams of John Bruce "Jack" Thompson until his crusade against video games ends. Someone, please! End my suffering!



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I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Ah. The sweet juicy smell of justice. *sniff* Just like chicken... Or is that Jack's butt roasting over an open fire? Ah well.

27 of 31. My my, Jack. Such an impressive Record. Even if the court only rules on a handful of those, you're going to lose your lisence. Start praying, old boy. It's going to take an outright act of God to pull your ass out of the pyre you've built for yourself.

Re: Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 of 31 Misconduct Charges, Says

Seems like the upgrades went great for you GamePolitics. Oh well, nothing's perfect but at least its back. Hopefully the problem is fixed!

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