With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar Trial Judge of Leaking Documents to GamePolitics

June 3, 2008 -

As GamePolitics has previously reported, embattled anti-game attorney Jack Thompson faces a sanctions hearing tomorrow before Judge Dava Tunis in Miami.

Tunis, the referee appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to preside over the Florida Bar's prosecution of Thompson on professional misconduct charges, recently issued a recommendation that the controversial attorney be found guilty on 27 of 31 counts, including "Knowingly making a false statement of material fact or law to a tribunal" and "Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation."

For his part, Thompson has been actively seeking to discredit Tunis, including charging that she is not a valid Florida judge due to her state loyalty oath apparently being signed by a clerk without her knowledge.

On May 30th, Thompson upped the ante against Tunis, charging in a document filed with U.S. District Court that the judge had leaked documents to GamePolitics. Although the name of this website is not specified in Thompson's motion, it is clear from the document's context that he is referring to GP. Thompson writes:

In the last 36 hours, plaintiff has discovered that the referee in the state Bar "disciplinary" proceedings has leaked documents to a video game industry web site that only she had. This has resulted in more harassment of Thompson by "video gamers" who have been threatening to kill Thompson and his son.

 

The referee knew to leak these documents, which only she had, to this particular gaming web site because it came out at Thompson's bar "trial" that this site had filed a Bar complaint against Thompson (which was so bizarre that even this Bar dismissed it) and that this site was in fact orchestrating harassment of Thompson during his trial.

 

This same site had orchestrated postings at Amazon.com, when Thompson's Tyndale House book was published, that there was a "Canadian edition" of Thompson's book in which Thompson disclosed his internal struggles with homosexuality and drug use. Thompson has had no such struggles; there was no "Canadian edition."

There's just one problem with Thompson's charge that Judge Tunis leaked anything to GamePolitics: It is not true. I don't know Judge Tunis. I've never spoken to her, exchanged e-mail with her, or had any contact with her. I did call her office once, many months ago, to inquire as to when we might expect a ruling on Thompson's trial. A staffer referred me to Eunice Sigler, Director of the Office of Government Liaison and Public Relations for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

GamePolitics has obtained three documents relating to Thompson's case in recent days. All came from public records requests with court administrators.

On May 20th , GamePolitics broke the news concerning Judge Tunis's recommendations as to Thompson's guilt. That document came from the aforementioned Ms. Sigler. I've been tracking the Thompson Bar trial since it took place in late 2007. Months ago I contacted Ms. Sigler and made a media request for any developments. As per my request, she forwarded me the recommendations. These were also published in the Daily Business Review, which apparently obtained them via its own public records request.

The following day, in a filing with Judge Tunis, Thompson alluded to having 33 witnesses that he hoped to subpoena for his June 4th sanctions hearing. Curious about these, I asked Thompson for the names. He refused. I contacted Ms. Sigler on May 23rd and made a public records request regarding Thompson's proposed subpoenas. I received the subpoena document from her on May 28th and published it later that day.

Also obtained via public records request was the Miami-Dade State Attorney's investigative report into Judge Tunis's loyalty oath. This document came from Public Information Officer Ed Griffith.

Thompson may not like it, but he has made himself into a very public figure. His case is a matter of public record. His court filings are not sealed, nor are they classified information. They are a matter of public record, readily available through the proper channels.

In a series of e-mails, Thompson demanded several times to know where I had obtained the documents. Being under no obligation to do so, I declined to tell him. Moreover, he is an attorney. He should understand that these are public records.

Regarding his comments that I orchestrated harassment of him or orchestrated bogus reviews of his book, these are utterly false. I've addressed his allegations on the book issue in some detail in the past, and I've also discussed my filing a 2006 Bar complaint against him. Nor, as Thompson alleges, is GamePolitics a "video game industry web site." Readers need look no further than today's story on E3 and Gov. Rick Perry to confirm that.

So what will happen at tomorrow's sanctions hearing?

It's impossible to know, although Thompson's e-mails of late have indicated that he expects to be disbarred. In any case, Judge Tunis does not have the final word. That responsibility lies with the Florida Supreme Court.


Comments

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Wow.....I didn't think he could get dumber and he's gone and proven me wrong. Congrats Mister Thompson you are now officially nominated for Biggest Douche in the Universe.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

"Moreover, he is an attorney. He should understand that these are public records."

See this, Mr. Thompson? Read it. It's something you should have learned in Vanderbilt.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

this may not be the best place to say this but...

can the readers of GP in florida give JT a rick-rollin :D :p

kinda like how anon did on scientology... hehe

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Jack, it's not a "conspiracy against you" if everyone agrees with it.

That'd be democracy. *zing*

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Um... Jack, you DID go to Law school, right? Cause this IS pretty basic stuff.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Is it just me or does Jack seem like a huge Narsisist? I am so glad we're almost rid of him. Then again this probably isn't the last we'll hear from him. He won't be a lawyer anymore, but I just have a feeling we haven't heard the last of him. Call it a hunch

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

What an asshole, i can't beleive this man considers himself a professional

at what point does the think dennis had a full frontal lobotomy. If dennis did (and its an amazing stretch) get illegal documents, Jack, HE'S NOT GOING TO PUT THEM ON THE WEB FOR EVERYONE TO SEE.

Fool. My only worry is that, if he is disbarred, and he has no more professional guidelines to rein him in, that he will harress dennis.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

He's Jim, dead.

Or vice versa.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

At this point two particular texts come to mind when I think about Jack Thompson's fate:

1) "Roll over and take it like a man," from the Super Duper Dildo song by Kevin Bloody Wilson.

2) "There is something fascinating watching and hearing somebody who is obviously useless but believes for whatever reason that they're incredible. I find it addictive." Simon Cowell, American Idol judge.

He still doesn't understand

The sad part of all this is that he still doesn't seem to understand or believe that he has done anything wrong.  He still thinks he is perfectly justified in acting the way he does.  One would think that after all of these groups have come out against him and tried to distance themselves from him he would reconsider his approach if not his goal. 

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

He's clearly gone into sore loser status.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

He's been aiming at martyrdom for awhile now.  I think JT regards disbarrment as an honourable channel for semi-retirement. 

Q:  Where does a retiree go if he already lives in Florida?

A: Fox news. 

See you soon, Mr. Thompson.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Never know, CNN might be looking for someone too, maybe a co-host for Nancy Grace.


 

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Comparing jack-jack to Nancy Grace? That's just mean.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Yeah, there is still a somewhat long road ahead. You never know what might happen.

 

-GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Plus, anything she may orally state from the bench tomorrow isn't technically binding -- on her or anybody else. What really counts is her written Report and Recommendations to the Supremes. And that's not due until September.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Technically nothing's said and done until Jack's final appeal fails. Wheels of Justice, slow grinding, etc. Still, people are likely to keep rejoycing every time the hammer falls and pounds another nail into the coffin Jack's career is in.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Hypertechnically, that's incorrect. Once the Supremes issue their ruling on Judge Tunis' recommendation, that ruling's binding on Jack and it's his burden to obtain a ruling that says otherwise. For example, if Judge Tunis recommends he be disbarred and the Supremes rule in agreement, then technically he's disbarred as of that moment and remains disbarred until the Supremes reverse themselves or some other court, such as a federal court, reverse the Supremes. He can appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if he so chooses, but he'll still be a disbarred attorney all along that way. 

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

I hate to splash cold water on dogs in heat but, just so no one gets their hopes up too high, I'm doubtful that Judge Tunis will declare at tomorrow's hearing exactly what sanction she's going to recommend Jack receive. The purpose of the hearing is so the evidence and arguments of both sides (the Bar and Thompson) as to the appropriate sanction can be presented and heard. Judges usually like to take at least a little time after a hearing before issuing a decision so as to at least create the appearance of careful consideration of the evidence and arguments which were presented.  If they don't and, instead, render a decision immediately after the hearing, they kinda begin to look like they had made their minds up beforehand. But there's no rule that says they can't render a decision immediately after the hearing, so maybe Judge Tunis will do just that. But I doubt it. 

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

You're assuming, of course, that Jack actually shows up and makes any arguments. Even if he does show up, chances are slim he'll make any arguments in his defense.

But I'll also point out that even if the most honorable Judge Tunis recommends disbarrment, it doesn't mean much of anything. Until the Supremes weigh in, it's only a recommendation. I guess it's about equal to a DA wanting the guilty party to be imprisoned for life. It's only that person's desire. A final ruling still has to be made, and it could be otherwise.

Of course, in this instance, disbarrment seems more and more likely the more often Jack makes a filing/post.

I assume that in the sentencing phase, judges are allowed/implied more leeway to take into account facts not presented in the trial, such as the defendant's actions during said trial/hearing. So Jack's blatant attempts to forestall his downfall and obfuscate with meritless accusations and motions can be taken into account. I could be wrong, but since the judges are human, they can't do otherwise, even if they're not supposed to.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

It's been my observation that, generally, as long as there's support in the record for the recommendation of the Referee, the Supremes are more than happy to rubber stamp those recommendations. As it's also been my observaion that, upon a finding of guilt, rarely does a Referee deviate to far afield from the sanction that Bar Counsel seeks.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

You know what, people? There's this morning show I listen to on the radio, and one of the guys said a little something about someone. Well, I think that quote could apply towards Jack Thompson as well. the quote I speak of is this...

"God made a moron."

Why so quiet on this story Thompson?

You'll comment on a story that has nothing to do with your dumb ass, but in a story where you can post something to defend your stupidity, you say nothing. You're just reading what we post about your idiocy. Off to the gollows with you Jackie boy. Time to be hanged. Figuretively speaking of course.

By the by, I just wanna point this out to you. In the years you've fought to practically get rid of gaming (though you claim you just wanna limit who gets games. But don't bullshit us jack ass), your fight with the industry concludes with your ass getting disbarred tomorrow. If you would've just left it alone, something that doesn't even concern you, you'd probably still have a job tomorrow. If you would've chosen some other thing to get up peoples asses about instead of video games, you wouldn't been found guilty of so many misconduct charges, because there wouldn't of been any GTA and Bully trials for you to be a complete dumbass in.

Here's one thing you can partialy blame video games on Jackie boy, the loss of your job. Gaming wins, you fail.

Re: Why so quiet on this story Thompson?

That's how the story always goes. Moron bitches about a non-existent threat, moron gets disbarred, non-existent threat wins.

-GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Wow. Absolutely pathetic, Jack. Here, I think you missed a straw. Reach up here and try to get it!  All of my fellow gamers and I that are serving in the military are waiting for you to finally meet the end of your "career."  I like to think that we are protecting the freedoms and our way of life when we fight, and fortunately, that includes our excellent judicial system.  And God willing, we'll get to see the system work tomorrow.

Please don't let the door hit you on the way out.

 

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

to the contrary make sure not only that the door hits you on the way out but that someone puts it on youtube!

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

nanana

nanana

Hey Hey Hey

Good Bye Jack!!

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Jack Thompson's Motto, "I reject your reality and substitute my own."

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

How dare you taint the words of the great Adam Savage by attributing them to that half-wit soon-to-be-ex-lawyer.  I actually wanted to use that as the motto on my XBox Live account, but there wasn't enough space.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Someone get a straight jacket!

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

First off, this is a great birthday present.

Second, if Jack really signs his comments with Jack Thompson, Laywer. He'll need to change his business cards and all of those posts to "Jack Thompson, Unemployed"

Third, expect the GP site to explode from all the traffic tomorrow.

Finally, I wish someone would make a slide scrolling flash game called "God Warrior" with a lawer who has to dodge bar complaints while trying to fight imaginary enemies. That would be epic.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Happy B'day Dama. 

 

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

You won´t recieve any other birthday gift for the rest of you life :lol

Anyway, I expect too Gamepolitics will be down a big part of the day, sadly. I hope Joystik or another game site cover the big day tomorrow.

 

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Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Happy Birthday!

-GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

He had alot to say.
He had alot of nothing to say.
We'll miss him.
Were gonna miss him

 

For some reason "Eulogy" by Tool came to mind while reading this.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Why would we want to kill Jack when he's going to hang himself anyway? As for his son, they want to make sure he doesn't become a lunatic like his father when he's older.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Epic Fail, Mr. Thompson, Epic FAIL!

Join the YouTube Boycott! Avenge the suspension of PlayItBogart and the hacking of Armake21!

Candadian edition??

While I remember lots of bad reviews for Jackos book I sure don't remember any posts about a "Canadian edition." That's a new one!

Re: Candadian edition??

I sure don't remember any posts about a "Canadian edition."

That is ok, nether does Jack remember writing it!  Old age will do that to you, and Jack has been having trouble remembering things --like how to be a lawyer-- for quite some time now...

Re: Candadian edition??

Remember, Jacko is recommended guilty of lying on multiple counts :)   For him to stop spreading bullshit, would require god to directly intervene....or the bugger drops dead. I recall no Canadian edition myself, and I am in Canada :P

This further encourages me that just futher ignore any claim that Jack spouts out, and just continue to laugh at his failed attempts instead. One could only hope he learns a valuable lesson from all of this, and tell his son the importance of truth and honesty in today's society.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

completely off topic, did someone mention chewbacca?

Lest we forget, Chewbacca practiced acts of mutilation and rehearsed tactical manoeveurs on a holographic videogame sysytem installed upon the millenium falcon. These virtual depictions of orgasmic debauchery desensitised him to the extent that killing and dismemberment became a casual act for him...he embarked on many killing sprees, and is not a very good role model.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

He would be allowed to apply for a license in another state but he would have to resit all the exams first. The fact that he doesn't even know the documents GP have are part of public record suggest he doesn't have a hope in hell of passing the tests.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Not only does he have to pass the bar exams, somehow, and even if Jesus himself is helping that's not a given, but the state(s) in question will take not that he was disbarred in Florida for gross ethical violations.

I don't know if they'll consider that before or after he sits the exams, and it probably varies by state. They could possibly just deny him outright. Also, AFAIK, in at least some states there is no limit to the number of times once can attempt to pass the bar, so he could also be attempting it for years to come.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

after he gets disbarred in florida if he does go to another state and try and get admitted his "exam" will most likely be map of the building with a path marked to the door

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Being disbarred in State A makes it a 99.999% possibility that you ain't getting barred in States B through Z.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

To quote the immortal Jiminy Cricket...

 

"You buttered your bread, now sleep in it!"

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Okay, I'm a little rusty when it comes to law, so I wanted to ask: If JT gets disbarred, can he practice law in another state? Or is he completely 'f'ed in the 'a'?

 

-GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

Jack Thompson - EX-Lawyer.

Gotta nice ring to it. It could really happen tomorrow too. Hell, even Jack believes it at this point. Has the long journey to this point has been fun Jack? It's been a laugh for the gamers, that's for sure. I'm gonna miss your ridiculous conspiracy theories and misinformation about gamers in general. Not that you won't be able to do that stuff anymore, just in the official capacity of a practicing lawyer.

I'll give you this much Jack, you TRIED to stop the trial and sling mud at Judge Tunis any way you possibly could. You failed but again, you tried. I'm gonna seriously miss those insane court filings where you talk about yourself in the third person. That was always worth a chuckle.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

I can't wait. :D When the ruling comes down, I'm gonna shoot off fireworks. *grin* allready bought 'em too. I realize Jack will fight tooth and nail to get his lisence back, but in the time he's doing that, he'll have to find some OTHER lawyer to file his lawsuits. And there's no one that insane.

Life begins and ends with Choice. Anything in your life that unlawfully or immorally steals Choice from you should be excised immediately, totally, and destroyed utterly.

Life begins and ends with Choice. Anything in your life that unlawfully or immorally steals Choice from you should be excised immediately, totally, and destroyed utterly.

Re: With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar

I almost can't wait till tomorrow.

Your time is coming Jack.....just wait......especially how you attacked us on the Memorial Day story GP posted...That really pissed me off.

Should we party if he gets disbarred?

 
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