As GamePolitics reported yesterday, controversial attorney Jack Thompson was unsuccessful in a bid to subpoena 33 witnesses for a June 4th sanctions hearing before Judge Dava Tunis.
Tunis, the Florida Supreme Court-appointed referee who presided over the Florida Bar’s prosecution of professional misconduct charges against Thompson, quashed the subpoenas in response to a motion from the Bar. In doing so, Tunis ruled that:
[Thompson] is precluded from presenting witnesses or documentary evidence in mitigation in this case due to his failure to comply with the bar’s discovery requests.
An order issued by Tunis in October, 2007 elaborates on what the referee terms Thompson’s "failure to comply." The upshot is that Judge Tunis will not allow Thompson to subpoena witnesses for next week’s hearing. Thompson has indicated that he will boycott the hearing.
In any event, GamePolitics has obtained the list of Thompson’s proposed witnesses (although not from Thompson, who declined our request). Read on as we analyze the 33 names and guess at Thompson’s legal strategy (never an easy task):
- Jeb Bush: Former Governor of Florida, brother of President Bush; Last week Thompson sent the ex-Guv a rant explaining (sort of) why he wanted him to appear.
- Strauss Zelnick: Chairman of Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive; a longtime target of Thompson’s. Four of the five Bar complaints against Thompson stem from his involvement in cases targeting Take-Two games.
- Judge Ronald Friedman: presided over the 2006 Bully case; testified against Thompson at last year’s Bar trial.
- Ian Comisky: Partner in Philadelphia law firm Blank-Rome; the firm defended Take-Two in Thompson’s Alabama lawsuit and two of its attorneys testified against Thompson at last year’s Bar trial.
- Norm Kent: Florida attorney who has represented shock radio in Florida; he and Thompson have a long and contentious legal history.
- Gwynne Alice Young: an attorney at the Miami firm where Thompson’s wife is a partner; during the course of the Bar’s prosecution against him, Thompson has been critical of what he claims is Judge Tunis’s lack of sensitivity to his wife’s battle against cancer; possibly related to that issue
- Various Past & Present Florida Bar officials: John Berry, Kenneth Marvin, Tony Boggs, Mary Ellen Bateman, John Harkness, Jan Wichrowski, Lorraine Hoffmann, Arlene Sankel, Barnaby Min, Frank Angones, Jesse Diner, Kelly Overstreet Johnson, Hank Coxe, Barry Richard, Ben Kuehne, John White
- Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero: unknown why Thompson would single out Cantero from the other justices; the Florida Supreme Court oversees the Bar disciplinary process. Thompson is currently suing the justices in federal court
- Florida 11th Circuit Court Chief Judge Joseph Farina: Judge Tunis’s boss.
- Al Cardenas: Prominent Florida attorney; his firm’s complaint was part of last year’s Bar trial (the non-video game related part); Judge Tunis has recommended two findings of guilt against Thompson in regard to Tew-Cardenas
- David Pollack, Florida attorney: Thompson has claimed in court filings that Pollack was appointed by the Bar to investigate a complaint against Thompson, found no evidence, but was overruled by the Bar
- Sam Partridge, General Counsel, Alabama State Bar: Alabama Circuit Court Judge James Moore testified against Thompson at his 2007 Bar trial; however, Partridge’s specific connection to the case is not known.
- Oren Wunderman, PhD: Thompson has written that Wunderman gave him a clean bill of mental health.
- Kenneth Harms, former Miami Police Chief: he was mentioned as a potential witness in Thompson’s 2006 attempt to have Rockstar’s Bully declared a public nuisance before Judge Friedman in a Miami Court.
- Janet Folger, Christian conservative commentator, author and activist – possibly a Thompson character witness.
- Judge Richard Yale Feder: a Florida jurist with experience in Bar disciplinary matters; connection to Thompson’s case unknown.
- Randall Marshall, Legal Director, ACLU of Florida: connection unknown, but Thompson claimed recently that he had joined the ACLU and might be seeking its support on what he deems an issue of expressing his Christian views.
- JR Rosskamp: Jo Edda Rosskamp filed a lawsuit last year against a partner in the Tew-Cardenas law firm; Thompson represented her. A JR Rosskamp is a South Florida financial advisor. It’s unknown to GP whether they are the same person.