Disbarment Not Likely to Silence Thompson

If you were thinking that yesterday’s lifetime disbarment would end Jack Thompson’s crusade against violent video games, you may want to think again.

Don’t get me wrong. The stripping of Thompson’s law license will certainly have an impact on his activism. For example, will Fox News want a disbarred attorney as their resident game-bashing expert? Not likely, not even for Fox.

While his TV appearances may be scaled back, Thompson will still be a player, as I told VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi yesterday:

I don’t expect that we have seen the last of Thompson, not by a long shot… After all, most of his culture crusade takes place outside the courtroom. And he’s still able to file lawsuits, just as any private citizen can. Moreover, he understands the mechanics of how to file suits. The difference is that the word “disbarred” will invariably be attached to his name from this point forward.

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  1. Kharne says:

    We this stop him? Of cource not.

    However, as far as I’m concened, this will slow him down, and now that the one thing that gve his words any weight has been knocked out from under him, I’m sure there’s a lot less reason for anyone to pay him any attention.

    Let him shout all he wants, soon enough they’ll be no one listening.

  2. CK20XX says:

    Moreover, he understands the mechanics of how to file suits.

    No he doesn’t.  He’s shown time and time again that he has no idea how to make filings.  He only knows how to wave them around and threaten with them, not how to actually follow through.

    Jack has been gaming’s number 1 enemy, yeah, but it’s important to remember that he’s an enemy for all the wrong reasons.  There’s a sucker born every minute and Jack only knows how to round them up.  But when the truth is out, as it is now, he is powerless.  Darkness cannot stand in the face of light, for darkness is merely the absence of light.

    This is another reason he should probably be sued on October 25th.  *winces*


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  3. Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    I still get my 1u1z from Jack even though he’s disbarred? SWEET FUCKING ASS!!!



  4. MasterAssassin says:

    Of course it won’t and I’m glad it won’t either since it will open him up to slander, libel, and harassment lawsuits and possible criminal charges. Seeing this asshole do some jail time for his antics would tickle me pink.

  5. jkdjr25 says:

    I’d argue that the door to legitmate discussion isn’t closed at all.

    It’s true that there will always be those who won’t be open to discussion, but many of the people like that would never be open to it anyway. However there are lots of people who are willing to talk about the matter respectfully and we shouldn’t be getting into the habit of burning our bridges before we even get there.

    Will Thompson simplly go quietly into the night? Not likely, but we have to take control of the issue. We have to be proactive in this. If there’s a discussion to be had we have to be the ones to initate it. If for no other reason than to show that we’re serious about having it.

  6. black manta says:

    I noticed that too! However, after reading the filing a little more closely, I believe that this Jack Harkness is an actual person who just happens to share his namesake with the fictional character.  A shame, really, as it would only show further proof of his gay fixation. 😉

    Also, I don’t think Jack’s actually cool or with-it enough to be Doctor Who fan.

    But hey, if he names Jack Harkness as a defendant, I can say that I represent the law firm of Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, Baker, Davison, Baker, McCoy, McGann (Junior partner), Eccleston and Tennant.  Look us up at Toomanylawyers.com. 😉

  7. exgamerdotnet says:

    Well, he certainly can’t use any designation that identifies him as a member of the State Bar Association. That’s the main thing. Obviously, he still has his law degree, so those letters will go after his name, but not the Bar designation.

    The greatest disgrace here in my opinion is threefold:

    1. Bringing dishonour to the faith in God that he claims to hold. This man is so full of hatred. I am embarrassed and disgusted by much of what comes out of his mouth.

    2. Making important social issues around gaming seem like a joke. It will take a long time before people will want to talk seriously and rationally about exposure to video game violence and other problems such as compulsive game play. Thompson has effectively shut the door to dialogue through his antics.

    3. Disgracing the legal profession.




  8. Matriculated says:

    Of course this wont shut Jack up and I’m glad it wont. It will allow him to get the full punishment he deserves.

    All these threatening emails he’s been sending for the past few years (and will continue to send) are now plain as day harrassment. Before he could disguise them as important documents and legal crapola that the recipitents needed to see regardless of how irrelevent or hurtful they were. Now, however, Rebacca Ward, Judge Tuma, Norm Kent etc. can simply forawd these straight to the police and say “we have absolutely no business with this man, we have made it clear we don’t want any contact with this man yet he’s still sending theses emails a dozen times a day”. The police can take over from there.

    There’s also the possibility of Jack continuing to file documents with the court after 30 days which would be lolerific and get him in jail cell.

  9. Hevach says:

    If you think disbarrment will make Thompson any less attractive as a talking head, you should look at Fox New’s staff. They have people with worse ethical histories than Thompson permanently on the payroll, and both Fox and CNN regularly use disgraced politicians and psychologists that have lost their licenses as guests. How’s a disbarred lawyer any different when you can just change his title?

  10. GryphonOsiris says:

    Did anyone notice on that emergency filing he made that one of the defendants is Jack Harkness?

    Either someone in the Florida courts has that name, or Jack is trying to sue a bi-sexual character from Doctor Who.

    I’m voting that it’s the later and JT really has lost it.


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  11. Jabrwock says:

    Is he required to make note of his disbarrment in a future court filings?

    — If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap…

  12. CK20XX says:

    Good blimey.  To think that on October 25th the remainder of his legacy will come crashing down onto him when people start suing him in return… I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

    I think a handful of lawsuits would be in order; those would definitely silence him where the disbarment doesn’t.  But what I fully expect to see instead is him sued into oblivion just as you say.  D=  Which is… well, see, I’m a nice guy and can’t bring myself to hate this horrible man.  Yet despite that, I know what must be done, and my sympathy is resevered more for the pathetic little man who cries out from the abyss, not the one that falls in.

    These legal wars are just so grisly.  Good luck, those of you who take this action, and may your victories be absolute.  But I think I’ll stay snuggled up with my copy of Mega Man 9 instead and pray that his wife and son get away safely, assuming they’ve simply been hostages throughout all of this.


    "They were retarded hairless pink bunnies, all of them. Except Shigeru Myamoto and… well, the good ones were just too /rare/ to be worth bothering about." – Mason Hornblower on the extinction of the human race

  13. black manta says:

    Oh, I’m under no illusions that he will will ever be silenced completely so long as he’s alive.  But his stature and prominence in the so-called "Culture Wars" has been severely diminished.  When you look back on his career over the last 20 years or so, he was at the forefront leading the charge against whatever the cultural boogeyman was at the time.  2 Live Crew and Rap Music?  Jack Thompson.  Howard Stern?  Jack Thompson.  The gay community?  Jack Thompson.  Oh yeah, and video games?  Well, Dave Grossman was it initally, but Jack Thompson kind of picked up the banner from him when Grossman had gone to ground.

    As long as he’s had that license, he could claim to be some sort of authority.  So whenever he came on television or tried to file a lawsuit, it always made news because he was a lawyer.  Now he doesn’t have that anymore.  Yes, he can file lawsuits of course.  But anyone can file a lawsuit, really.  Jack’s just another Joe Schmo, now.  I’ve said this before; that once he’s disbarred, he’ll be just another crazy, angry old man yelling at those young whippersnappers to get off his lawn.  He can’t really do anything.  And if the authorities weren’t very much inclined to follow up on his filings before, they’ll be even less inclined to do so now.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the SCOFLA later declared him to be a vexatious litigant.  It would’t be that huge of a leap, really.  It would just be the turd icing on Jack Thompson’s shit cake.

    Also, Dennis, you forget that once he’s disbarred, he will open to any and all retaliatory lawsuits from anyone and everyone he has ever defamed, libeled, slandered, threatened and otherwise harrassed.  That includes you, me, Hal, Nightwing2000, EZK (the entire ECA practically!), Take 2, etc.  On Oct. 30, the shields will officially be down.  I would say then to let the attacks commence!  The retaliatory lawsuits alone would be enough to sue him into oblivion.

    Jack can whine and cry and stomp his feet and throw a temper tantrum all he likes.  The thing is, he’s neutralized and he knows it.  Someone who was at his disciplinary hearing who posted here pretty much said that the thing Jack Thompson feared the most would be to become irrelevant; that once he lost his license, the spotlight that he reveled in would be taken away.  Now that’s come to pass.  He’s been neutered, declawed and defanged all in one stroke.  If he does continue to rail on about violent video games as well as all the other things in popular entertainment that he finds reprehensible, he’ll be doing it from a streetcorner with a megaphone in his hand and a cardboard sign around his neck, which is where he should be.  So sure, he’ll continue to be seen, and he’ll continue to "loudly beat his drum in the public square," as he once said.  But just like any crazy street person, no one will pay any attention to him. 

  14. Father Time says:

    Yeah  but then we can remind people exactly why he was disbarred.

    Remember remember the 25th of September. Twas the day Jack Thompson was disbarred (although he is still a lawyer till October).

  15. Skyler says:

    He will wear this as some sort of badge of honor for being a martyr for his cause.


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  16. Brainswarm says:

    That hasn’t stopped him before.  If he had shown any professional restraint before, he wouldn’t be disbarred now.

  17. CyberSkull says:

    All this really means is the last vestiges of restraint applied to him by his profession are gone.




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  18. Krono says:

    The thing is, having been disbarred, Jack won’t be able to file lawsuits for others. He can sue people himself, but he can’t go around talking people into frivolous lawsuits. Well, he can try but I’d imagine that it’d fall apart once he had the family talk to an actual lawyer.


  19. grey_poet says:

    Of course it won’t silence Thompson.  If the man knew when to shut up, he wouldn’t have been disbarred in the first place.


  20. KayleL says:

    Fox still can use him. If fox uses New York tourists as the representatives of 9/11, of course they would still use Jack Thompson, the man who has the career of attacking video games on site. The difference is, attacking video games is his only career.

  21. Shoehorn Oplenty says:

    True, seeing as he’s doing it all because of his religion, which isn’t connected to his profession, he will still continue to try to demonize and attack video games. Hopefully the stigma of the disbarrment will limit how seriously people take him. It just has to be made known exactly why he was disbarred. How many reputable tv stations will have a man found to have made false statements as a witness? (This does not include FOX)

  22. DeepThorn says:

    Fox would prolly want him on just because people are waiting to heat the next crazy thing he says.  It is all about ratings baby, just like for EA it is all about sales.

  23. HeroofDark says:

    No, of course it wouldn’t. He’s jack thompson, attorney. He’ll carry on his crusade until his dying day.

    Thank goodness his effectiveness has been greatly reduced.

    Life’s no fun if you take it seriously.

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