GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms Out of Court

June 10, 2008 -

In March of this year GamePolitics serialized the courtroom transcripts of Jack Thompson's Florida Bar trial. The response was overwhelming.

Based on that, we knew GP readers would be interested in reading the transcript of last Wednesday's sanctions hearing before Judge Dava Tunis - the one that Thompson stormed out of and in which the Bar recommended that the 56-year-old Thompson be disbarred for a minimum of ten years.

So we broke open the GP piggy bank and purchased a copy from the court reporter.

To set the scene (in case you haven't been following the Florida Bar vs. John B. Thompson saga): Judge Tunis, who was selected by the Florida Supreme Court to preside over the Bar trial and who recently recommended to the Court that Thompson be found guilty of 27 violations of professional misconduct, scheduled last week's hearing to hear arguments from both Thompson and the Florida Bar concerning possible sanctions. Judge Tunis has until September 3rd to provide her final report to the Florida Supreme Court, which will make the final determination of Thompson's fate.

(GP: The transcript that follows is abridged where noted)

JUDGE = Judge Dava Tunis

JT = Jack Thompson

TUMA = Florida Bar prosecutor Sheila Tuma

JUDGE: Good afternoon, everybody... I trust everyone has some water at their table?... so, for the record, we are here on the matter of the Florida Bar versus John Bruce Thompson... If all the lawyers would like to announce their presence for the record.

TUMA: Sheila Tuma, counsel for the Florida Bar

JT: Jack Thompson, presently a lawyer.

JUDGE: ...Miss Tuma, my understanding would be that, pursuant to the rules, you would be going first?

JT: Your Honor, may I please--

TUMA: Yes.

JT: -- so that I can state at the appropriate time, which would be now, my objections to this proceeding on the record?

JUDGE: And you have done so through writing --

JT: No. I have to do it here, Judge.

JUDGE: Go right ahead.

JT: May I move the podium?

JUDGE: No. Just everybody leave it in one spot. That's the way we usually do it in the courtroom.

JT: Can we change that one spot? No?

JUDGE: I'd prefer that you leave it right there.

JT: Nice. Can I pivot it?

JUDGE: Is that what you'd like, sir?

JT: I'm asking you.

JUDGE: Okay. That's fine.

JT: I was allowed to move it before. I object strenuously, as I have in the past, to the very notion that this proceeding can even occur on various grounds, any single one of which is fatal --

JUDGE: I'm going to interrupt you. Excuse me one moment. Mr. Thompson, this Court has been in receipt of many, many motions which this Court has already ruled on. So this would not be a time for you to simply make a statement.

JT: No, I'm not.

JUDGE: If you wish to state an objection, I will be more than happy to take from you any written motion and then rely upon it. But what I do not want is for you to be making a speech at the beginning of what is essentially a disciplinary hearing where I'm supposed to hear aggravating and mitigating factors. I have addressed numerous motions of your objection. If you have something in writing, I will gladly accept it from you now.

JT: First of all, Judge, so the record is clear -- and I heard what you just said and I'm going to abide by it even though it's in error -- you don't know what I'm going to say, number one. Number two, I have a right to make here today my objection to this proceeding on the record with the additional things I want to say.

JUDGE: And I will be giving you the opportunity --

JT: Excuse me Judge. Just to state my objection to your preventing me from doing what I have a right to do here today, note my objection to your ruling in that regard. Note my objection to the fact that you don't want to hear my objection, which I have a right to put on the record orally and heaving heard yet another erroneous ruling from you which simply digs your hole deeper -- with all respect for at least this Court -- let me then give you what I have in writing. May I approach?

JUDGE: Absolutely. Miss Tuma, do you have a copy?

TUMA: No, I don't.

JT: Let me give it to you. One for the court reporter (handing), one for Miss Tuma (handing), one for the Daily Business Review (handing). Ms. Roberts, try to get the story right this time [GP: Thompson made this remark to DBR reporter Alana Roberts]. Mr. Min, you're not supposed to be here, but here's your copy (handing)--

[GP: Barnaby Min is an attorney with the Florida Bar; Thompson has been highly critical of Min in the past.]

JUDGE: Let me just stop you right there. This is going to be a professionally conducted hearing. Whoever is in this courtroom has a right to be here because it's a public courtroom. I saw you basically throw onto Mr. Min's lap a motion --

JT: You saw me drop it on his lap because he wouldn't take it.

JUDGE: Mr. Thompson, he has no requirement to take anything from you. He's here as a person watching the proceedings... So I'd like us all to take a step back and to conduct ourselves professionally. Having said that, I have now received--

JT: Your Honor--

JUDGE: I have now received a motion entitled "Thompson's Formal Objection to June 4th Sanctions Hearing" and--

JT: It's not--

JUDGE: I will read it and when I receive a reply by the Bar, I will rule accordingly; but it's not going to stop this hearing from going forward.

JT: Nobody wanted to stop the hearing from going forward. Secondly, it's not a motion, It's an objection.

JUDGE: Okay.

JT: Thirdly, I'm entitled to give this to Mr. Min, if I feel like it. He wouldn't take it, so I gently dropped it on his lap. You can mischaracterize what I did if you want to, as you have before. Having stated my objection, Judge, which I wanted to do on the record orally, which I have a right to do, I want to wish you a very good day because I'm done here. Because I want you to understand that I cannot, Judge -- Referee, whatever -- object to the legitimacy of these proceedings and at the same time participate in them. I understand that. Others understand that. I don't know whether you understand it or not, but I'm done. I'll see you.

JUDGE: Are you choosing to walk out of the courtroom?

JT: Absolutely, Judge, because that's what I should do. If you will read the objections, you'll see why. You may not understand it, you may never understand it, but that's what I have to do because of the fact that you don't even have the authority to sit there. Thank you, Judge.

JUDGE: Have a pleasant day... Alright. Let the record reflect that Mr. Thompson has chosen to voluntarily absent himself from these proceedings and, according to the case law, they are going forward. Miss Tuma, go right ahead... 

TUMA: What I have done is, I have an aggravation memo -- I also have a copy for Mr. Thompson -- which sets forth the testimony of the witnesses and the aggravation that was presented at the hearing.

JUDGE: Okay.

TUMA: I also have an affidavit for you of Mr. Thompson's prior discipline... [GP: Tuma goes on to name additional documents which she plans to present]...

JUDGE: Okay. Well, obviously, I can certainly simply -- and, in fact, will read all of this. Having said that, is there something here that you would like to outline right now to give me an overview?...

[GP: There was a brief discussion of a letter sent in support of Thompson, of which the Judge directed her bailiff to make copies for the Bar]

TUMA: ...The aggravation memo, what it sets forth is each of our witnesses who testified here in November and December had testified to the effect on them of Mr. Thompson's continuing bombarding of e-mails, correspondences, also the effect on their law offices for our lawyers and for the judges, the effect on the tribunal themselves and their chambers, and what he was sending them... He continued to contact them even after the Bar complaint... it really did affect them, which we think is important. It goes through an aggravator of showing the harm to the people that were involved in this matter.

[GP: There was some discussion of a 1992 reprimand Thompson received from the Bar. Ms. Tuma said that it could be an aggravating circumstance in that it was a prior offense, but that Thompson could also have argued it as a mitigating circumstance because it had been so long ago. Ms. Tuma then raised the issue of an affidavit submitted by Florida attorney Lawrence Kellogg, one of the complainants against Thompon in a non-video game case.]

TUMA: [Mr. Kellogg] has indicated that since they have been here to testify, they have received more than 100 e-mails, most of them which contain attacks upon the Florida Bar officers, employees, the Florida Supreme Court, including himself and [law partner] Mr. Cardenas... that's to show you that Mr. Thompson has continued to engage in the same conduct even after we have had our hearing in this matter. What I would like to do now is just briefly outline for you some of the things regarding out position of discipline in this matter... and why we're asking for enhanced disbarment...

[GP: a discussion of timelines ensued.]

TUMA:  [Thompson's] conduct or misconduct in this case and throughout these proceedings clearly prove he's unable to conform and conduct himself in a manner that's consistent with the rules regulating the Florida Bar. As an attorney and as an individual, Mr. Thompson has a right to his religious belief and his moral belief. What he does not have a right to as an attorney and an officer of this Court is to accuse, disparage, humiliate, harass, burden, threaten opposing counsel or Judges, as he did in this case.

It is a privelege to practice law in the state of Florida. It's not a right; and with that privlege, you have certain rules you have to follow. Mr. Thompson refuses to follow those rules. Mr. Thompson has made it very clear that the conduct he engaged in, he will continue to engage in whether he's disbarred or not. He, in fact, testified to that when he was at the trial here in November of 2007. The case law that we've presented to you makes it very clear that Mr. Thompson's conduct deserves no less than an enhanced disbarment, with at least 10 years before he can reapply for readmission.

This is very necessary in this case and the case law will support that Mr. Thompson will continue in this conduct if we do not disbar Mr. Thompson from the practice of law.

[GP: Tuma wrapped up and offered that the Bar would provide suggested language for Judge Tunis's report on her findings to the Florida Supreme Court. The Judge declined the offer and the hearing ended just 25 minutes after it had begun.]


Comments

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Aren't you guys thinking a little bit in extreme terms?  A federally regulated ESRB would just mean a government bureaucrat would decide what does and does not get an M rating, doesn't necessarily mean you couldn't play the game. It's not like the ESRB has censor powers.  It's the console manufacturers that do that.

That said, I'm in agreement to the extent that I'm not particularly interested in the government's opinion of what is morally correct beyond the bounds of common sense law - (do onto others as you would have done onto you.) So called "moral values" politics, is a load of #$@#$@#$.

But I will re-emphasize, even if I was in a position to accept such a compromise from the jack-camp, I wouldn't do it, because I wouldn't trust him not to try and take a yard after we give him an inch.  I sincerely doubt that he's being forthright in terms of his entire agenda. I truly don't think it ends at regulation and enforcement of sale to minors.  Think he has larger terms in mind. 

"Even if it was online gaming that somehow inspired him to kill his parents, he must have realised at some point that they wouldn't drop any good loot." - GP member, Doomsong

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Let's put it another way. A federally regulated ESRB would mean that some government bureacrat's stamp of approval would be requried before one could speak or publish in the form of a videogame. If said speech did not meet an arbitrary standard, it would be restricted.

Sounds like a first amendment violation to me.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Most of us that disagree with you disagree for the same reason you disagree with Thompson. If we give the government an inch, more than likely they'll gradually start taking a few miles more.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

A big problem you are not taking into account is the fact that the government bureaucrat also gets to decide what does and does not get an AO rating; and as we all know, thanks to Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and game retailers, the AO rating is effectively like banning the game... retailers won't sell it, and console makers refuse to have it on their consoles. With the government running the show, you can know damn well that their standards will be very different than the ESRB's... games like GTA are certain to be rated AO, and there's probably a lot of other games that would be thrown in there that don't deserve it... you really can't trust the government run this kind of thing; their seemingly never ending attempts to pass game legislation despite the constitutional issues, the complete lack of real evidence proving the "danger" and absolutely no chance of passing, is proof of that... 

 

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

There's 2 requirements it would take.

1. Coverage of all Media types.

2. The removal of the 'Porn' stigma from AO rated games. Possibly even seperating them into two distinct ratings, Adult rated for Violent content and Adult rated for Sexual Content.

Until that, at the very least exists, then the federal government would have the power to effectively censor video games if rabble-rousers create enough pressure, purely by pushing it into a rating group that isn't sold anywhere.

In fact, I'd say that the 'AO problem' is at the very core of the dilemma in many ways. The ESRB gets accused of underusing by an anti-game crowd that want it to stay as an effective banning, because they can censor things while pretending they are merely 'helping parents'.

This is the one thing I can agree with Yee on, something needs to be done about that rating, it shouldn't be interpreted as it currently is.

Slippery slope?

I think the whole "Government bereaucrat would decide what does and does not get an M rating" thing is part of what people are afraid of. Many of us have a "what can happen will happen" attitude when it comes to this. I'm not saying that's the right or wrong logic (it's the logic I use, though it may well be faulty), but I suppose it is best to play safe. As have I said, a constitutional matter like this has reprocussions that can stretch far beyond the mere videogame veil. The reason we aren't supposed to have compulsory speech is to keep us from being swayed from hearing certain speech. The reason private groups aren't supposed to have legal power is to avoid something like a private group gaining power to enforce the law without recourse from citizens, ala the secret police of Russia, and as it has been noted, when you give an inch, people tend to take a mile. Obviously I'm not saying it will leap straight to some post apocolyptic "Running Man" world (surely people would have enough sense to draw the line, so it will probably never happen), I'm simply trying to illustrate that constitutional rulings have broad effects that don't stop at videogames. The slippery slope is quite real.

Again, I would like to aknowledge that my above example sucks ass. Just trying to illustrate a point. If I come up with something less over the top, I'll edit this.

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large.

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

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

No, it wouldn't be the end of the world, but it would be the end of the 1st amendment. 

Legislation, by Jack

The reprocussions of such blatant violations would stretch far beyond videogames.

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large.

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

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

You know, considering how prolific he is in his writing, you'd think he'd have much more literary fluff of his own out there, and considering that, I'm going to now look for his site and see what amazing truths he's posts there for the betterment of mankind.

But, then again, from the multiple examples of how he acts in he 'real world' I'm not sure my selfless search for improvement will be helped.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

As it proves to show you, Thompson thinks he's turned on invulnerability from disbarment, in order to try to prove games are the source of violence. Show you how cheats never work in real life.

And they say that people like Thompson have manners....to those people who say that, I respectfully disagree.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Mr. Thompson, I don't understand, why did you just file a motion that said "iddqd" and nothing else?

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

ROFL Doom's "God Mode" cheat password! Sweet!

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: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

You know Jacks Ideas aren't always bad. I think it's in foolish when game makers say that laws, like the one b4 the gov now, are wrong or infringe on our rights. Who can disagree that a 12 year old doesn't need to play GTA4 or any other M-rated game. They shouldn't. I'm all for the gov. fining companies that sell them to children. And most already post ESRB rating systems. Who can say that's wrong? But Jack isn't trying to keep them out of childrens hands. He wants to keep them out of everyones hands. He wants to make money off of familys that lose loved ones from violence, MUCH more often then not, have nothing to do with games. The sooner Jack's disbarred and his kind of "Ambulance Chaser Law" is gone the better the chance for change that helps everyone and hurts no one can happen.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

The other thing about it that I've heard people talk about, and which convinced me personally, is the idea that if you take a law that limits sales of "objectionable content" in a reasonable way, eventually some idiot will look at that law and say that it's not enough. Essentially, if you give them an inch they take a yard, and if you give them a yard they want a mile.

I am reminded of some lines from the song "Fortunate Son" by Credence Clearwater:

And when you ask them, how much should we give?
Ooh, they only answer more! more! more!

One law leads to another, and eventually gaming loses its... well, it loses its games, really.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

> I'm all for the gov. fining companies that sell them to children.

Let me just cut this off here: I'm not.  Not in any form.  The ESRB system is supposed to be VOLUNTARY.  I will not stand for a government mandated production code or rating system.  I will not have posturing jowl-wagging moralizing autocrats determining what is art and applying force to those who disagree.  And no, I do not give a tinkers damn about the fact that it's done in the name of "protecting the children".

This is a problem that can be and has been fixed by the free market.  Would we even consider for a microsecond such a ratings regime for books?

 

 

 

 

 

-I don't know why you won't stay logged in try Firefox or Flock. -Toll

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

The only problem there is no other form of media is regulated in any way, and this law certainly doesn't try to do that, as well.  I do agree...12 year olds should not be playing games like GTA IV or Halo or Gears of War.  But I'd prefer that be left in the hands of parents.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

The reason most people oppose those laws is because it's the parent's responsibility to parent and not the government's. But yes, not all of his ideas are bad, it's mostly the fact that he's such a piece of shit.

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large.

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

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Well, my own problem is with the fairness of the idea of only regulating one system when others are not regulated by the government at all, such as Movies.

People use the whole 'Interactivity' thing far too freely as an excuse as well, a lot of Latino dances were once considered morally threatening, because the acts 'simulated sexual activity' and therefore promoted promiscuity and overtly sexual behaviour. The whole 'interactive' thing has actually been used on various dances from the Salsa, the Twist, throughout the years without success, that's why the film 'Dirty Dancing' was called 'Dirty Dancing' ;)

If the government wanted to introduce a system that regulated all media under the same umbrella, I'd simply step back and see where the dice landed, I only really object because it is so obviously singling out a newer, politically weak, medium to try and gain political points.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

You know after reading that trascript I wonder what gets under JT's skin more.  The fact that people aren't going to just bow down to him simply because he tries to sue them into his viewpoint, or the fact that his supposedly large support group hasn't appeared to bail him out?

-Loudspeaker
"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: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

I could sware I remember him saying "Try to get it right this time" to the people from DBR.

LOL EDIT: It's already there. My mistake!

 

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

I don't know about respect, how about just professional courtesy?

"Even if it was online gaming that somehow inspired him to kill his parents, he must have realised at some point that they wouldn't drop any good loot." - GP member, Doomsong

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

I can not by the life of me comprehend how much of an ass someone can be. That someone being "JT". Treat the judge with respect you imbecile.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Has he sued the Court Reporter yet? Between the posturing and the multiple filings to just about everyone, and, in Strauss Zelnick's case, their mother, I'm starting to lose track.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Not yet no, but he has sent nasty offical letters to at least one record's persons' boss.

On the Day of the Ruling

I think for the day the decision finally comes down we should all set up a party as close to the supreme court as legally allowable with signs saying "The system works!" and ones with "The system doesn't work", for if he isn't disbarred for some reason. The should also be cake, and possibly piniatas.

And GTA4 Posters, and Photoshopped pictures of Johnny-boy.

And cake, I cannot overstate the importance of the cake.

Re: On the Day of the Ruling

Don't forget a stereo blasting Ray Charles [i]Hit the road, Jack[/i]

Re: On the Day of the Ruling

The cake is a.....

Hypothetical illusion.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

I laughed out loud.

And I read the "Having stated my objection, Judge, which I wanted to do on the record orally, which I have a right to do" bit in my head with the voice of Milton from Office Space.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Forgot to add: thanks so much for getting this for us, Dennis.  Your dedication to this case and breaking it for the community deserves commendation.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

I can't help but wonder if he would've stayed around if she'd let him move the podium. For the life of me, there's something about all this I don't understand.  It's well documented that Jack-o believes he's in the moral right, and essentially serving god's will.  Forgive me for being blunt, and I suppose I might offend the GP christians, but if he is serving god's will, isn't he doing a piss-poor job of it?  Wouldn't he serve gods will more effectively, if he, I don't know... won cases??  How does being willfully argumentative to judges help anybody? I'm not a lawyer, but it seems to me that if I were a lawyer, it might behoove me to get along well with the judges in my district.

I guess I'm just sitting here trying to imagine his agenda and how he intends to accomplish it.

"Even if it was online gaming that somehow inspired him to kill his parents, he must have realised at some point that they wouldn't drop any good loot." - GP member, Doomsong

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Exactly, if Jesus told him to sue, then who does he blame when it all goes horribly and embarrasingly wrong?

In Jacks' mind, Satan himself must be against him, because otherwise Jesus is giving him poor advice, so Jack personifies everything that stands against him, all the First Amendment defenders, as 'Satanic' in nature, otherwise he'd have to accept that he himself is 'pathetic' in nature.

Yes, I really do believe that Jack thinks of anything that doesn't measure up to his own supposed 'morality' as Satanic, because any other option means he'd have to take responsibility for his own actions and failures.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Honest to goodness as a Christian, he's doing a piss poor job of being a Christian. As I recall there's something about Render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar's and render unto God what is God's...which was in a case of paying taxes but think about it...he was saying Follow the Rules don't bring God into it unless it's an area that is God's domain and something he's actually interested in...so if you look at it that way, he's not doing his job all that well o_O;

Thus using the I'm a christian approach is really just making the rest of us look bad o_O

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Also:

James 1:26:
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

“A reasonable man adapts himself to suit his environment. An unreasonable man persists in attempting to adapt his environment to suit himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Fun fact: that "Render unto Ceasar" quote was really a bit of verbal jujitsu to avoid answering the trick question.  On its face, it says "pay your taxes", but he made a big deal about the coin to pay the taxes with.  They showed him a denarius, which made it easy -- pay roman taxes with the roman money.  Thing is, most Jews didn't carry around denarii, they paid in shekels.  So you could also be interpreted as "if you're not getting paid in roman money, you don't need to pay them anything"

 

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

I was able to hear the actual audio of the hearing through JAABLOG's link to the DBR (thanks, JDKJ!)  Jack sounded every bit as petulant as the transcript suggests.  Personally, I wished I could have been standing by the courtroom door and muttered, "Arrogant prick" to him as he walked out!

I really don't see where he thinks he has a leg to stand on in this if he keeps acting this way and can't comport himself.  He has to be able to follow the rules, yet keeps insisting the rules don't apply to him because he's a Christian.  People don't hate you because you're a Chrsitian, Jack.  In fact, no one would really mind all that much if you conducted yourself like a decent human being and and accorded a certain amount of respect.  But instead Christians of your stripe like to be bigoted and pre-judge people whose lifestyles disagree or are at odds with your own and want to force your brand of religion down everyone's throats, and that's what we here at GP and other people whom you've dealt with resent.  And that's why you're so hated.  Of course, to you it's perfectly justified because you beleive that's what your "religion" says you should do.  So there's no sense arguing with you.

Jack said to Danny LeDonne when he called last weekend that his religion shouldn't be mocked.  But I think it's perfectly in order.  Jack's at least right in his objection when he describes himself asn an "uppity Christian."  And uppity people need to be mocked so as to take them down a peg or two and put them on the same level as the rest of us.  So I'd say mocking his religion in this case is perfectly reasonable, since his religion makes him think he's so much better than the rest of us, which he's not, and knock him off that moral high-horse of his.  So we'll continue to mock away.

Fianally, even though Jack may be eligible to reapply in ten years, I doubt that will happen, as JDKJ pointed  out he would need to show evidence of rehabilitation.  Jack as admitted, and Tuma has noted, that he will continue to act the way he does regardless.  So I'd say evidence of any rehabilitation would be doubtful.  Jack is and will always be unapologetic for his actions.

Q: "What's the difference between Jack Thompson and a brick wall?"

A: "The brick wall will never say how morally superior it is when you argue with it."

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

these would most likely be the same Christians who would throw African-americans out of their church and says the jews must die for killing Christ...

 

1) Jesus said "Forgive them for they do not know what they do." Besides.. phisically, it might be the Jews (more specifically the pharisees and the priest), who forced the romans to crucify him, ultimately, it's all our sins who did.

2) read the "good samaritan" and John 4, you racist b-tards!

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Funyn how he said his religion shouldn't be mocked yet he seems to believe anyone else's should be if it isn't exactly like his

-kurisu7885

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Hey man, where can one find this link?

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

www.dailybusinessreview.com/Web_Blog_Stories/June/Thompson_Bar_Discipline.html

About halfway down the page, there is a small player.  :)

 

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Thanks.


 

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Why would it not surprise me if JT posts a comment going, "Dennis...Watch yourself..." or, "Wait til' you see the plans I have for you Game Politics, BWAHAHAHA!!!!!" ? That's it, because JT's probably going to do it if he hasn't already....again. JT dug his career's grave deeper walking out of that court room. I would have stuck around.

The only unlikely if not impossible thing that could happen would be if his case gets to the Florida Supreme Court and the judges say, "We actually like Mr. THompson. Case dismissed." But that would never happen, it's going to get there and they will say, "John B Thompson, you be F#*%"

At least when he gets disbarred, the people involved in his case can , A) redirect JT's future E-Mail to their SPam filters and/or B) redirect them to the local PD so they can throw him in jail for Harrasment.

 

Thank You Judge Tunis :)

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

he dug his own grave once he started acting like a jack arse

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

I wonder when Jack will come in with claims of GP bribing the court or some crazy nonsense like that.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Well, he accused the court of leaking documents to GP just last week: http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/06/05/jack-thompson-sweet-amp-sour

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

"Enhanced Disbarrment* - I love that term. With any disbarrment over 90 days, I believe he has to re-take the exam. And we all know how well he did on that the first time...

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Apok here -

In addition to having to retake the BAR exam, he has to demonstrate, to someone's satisfaction (I cannot remember who's) that whatever conduct caused his disbarment in the first place will not be repeated.  As these very proceedings demonstrated that he would continue that conduct whether or not he was disbarred, I doubt very much that he would be able to demonstrate such to anyone's satisfaction.

Then again, who knows what could happen in 10 years?

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

Apes will rule the Earth by then. 

-Loudspeaker
"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: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

I wouldn't be so quick to say that.  We've seen he can act in a somewhat respectable manner in the past when he knows he has to.  He doesn't treat the Bar, with any respect because he doesn't have any for it, but if he has to prove he won't go apeshit to someone, he'll do whatever he can just long enough to prove it.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

As any lawyer or member of the legal profession will tell you even a 1 year disbarment can end your chances of renewing your status as a lwayer permently. Piss off one state's bar and you piss them all off. Even other countries wouldn't grant you status as a lawyer. You are fubared. Ten year disbarment you would be lucky to even get in a court building without being in handcuffs due to how the legal system would view you.

Re: GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms

On a whim I decided to Google the term Enhanced Disbarment, wanna know what I got? 278 articles shown out of 332,000 (As much as I love you guys I am NOT looking through that many listings) and ALL of those 278 were about Jackie boi. Not really apropo to anything, just thought it was fun to know.

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