Embattled Miami attorney Jack Thompson filed yet another federal lawsuit against the Florida Bar yesterday.
The far more interesting development, however, is Thompson’s allegation that he was denied entry to the federal court building in Miami by U.S. Marshals. In
an e-mail court filing this morning, Thompson says that he intends to file a federal civil rights action against Chief Judge Federico Moreno and U.S. Marshal Christina Pharo of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Here is Thompson’s version, which also includes additional information on the cautionary visit paid to his residence by a pair of U.S. Marshals last month (a story broken by GamePolitics):
The [US Marshal and the Chief Judge] have undertaken to surveil me and then harass me because of my whistle-blowing… The two Deputy Marshals who came to my home on June 17… told me that they have been monitoring me for quite sometime because “we have been told you are at the end of your rope and might be a danger to the physical safety of others.”
…When I showed up at the federal courthouse yesterday… the harassment intensified. When I presented my [ID] I was immediately (not after checking any list) informed that “You have been disbarred.” I pointed out to the Deputy Marshal that that was news to me… It is absolutely patently clear that these people were waiting for me.
The Deputy Marshall, Willie Bell, then proceeded to berate me when I asked why I was not allowed to enter a public place, the Clerk’s Office, after passing through all of the security scanners, etc. He told me, “You just want an audience Mr. Thompson.” I informed him, “No, I simply want to file a civil complaint in the Clerk’s Office.”
Mr. Bell, who apparently was instructed to harass me rather than just accompany me… continued to berate me personally, and he trapped me in the elevator to further harass me, which detention constituted a false imprisonment.
Additional details of the incident (from Thompson’s perspective) are to be found in a document filed with the U.S. District Court by Thompson yesterday:
When plaintiff showed up at the federal courthouse today… he was met by federal Deputy Marshals who… informed him that he could not enter the building alone because “Mr. Thompson, you have been disbarred.”
…Deputy Marshal (or whatever his title might be) Mr. Willie Bell told Thompson that he would be escorted to the clerk’s office for security reasons…
Mr. Bell then proceeded to berate Thompson… but in doing so Mr. Bell made it clear that his job was not just to escort Thompson… His job was to harass Thompson and make the filing of this complaint just about as difficult as it could be…
…the incredible rudeness and extra-legal assigned duties of the US Marshal’s Mr. Bell makes it clear that some communications of some kind have emanated downward from the Chief Judge to the US Marshal… which has “poisoned the well” of this entire federal district court. It is not paranoia to assert such a thing… somebody who is in charge of this federal district court wants to mess with Jack Thompson…
Thompson writes that he is seeking $10 million dollars for the new claim.
GP: Thompson is playing a dangerous hand. While he claims that a conspiracy against him is afoot, it now seems clear that his behavior has some officials concerned that he is a potential security risk. In this regard we note Thompson’s own version of a comment he claims was made by U.S. Marshals who paid him a visit last month: We have been told you are at the end of your rope and might be a danger to the physical safety of others.
Funniest Line: Since Mr. Bell apparently had to share an elevator with Thompson while escorting him to the 8th floor, Thompson claims this is "false imprisonment."