Jack Thompson: Disbarment Time Line

Yesterday the Florida Supreme Court permanently disbarred Jack Thompson. Barring an unlikley reversal, the 56-year-old attorney will be stripped of his license to practice law in 30 days.

How did things get this far? GamePolitics, which has covered Thompson extensively since the site went live in 2005, has compiled a timeline of key events during that time:

November 18, 2005: Thompson is lead attorney in a $600 million dollar lawsuit against Take-Two, Rockstar, Sony, GameStop and Wal-mart which alleges that 18-year-old GTA player Devin Moore was influenced by the games when he killed two police officers and a police dispatcher in Fayette, Alabama. Following a motion by Take-Two’s lawyers, Alabama Judge James Moore revokes Thompson’s right to practice in Alabama, essentially throwing him off the GTA case. Moore will later file a Bar complaint against Thompson over his conduct and be a key witness at his Bar trial.

October 13, 2006: Miami Judge Ronald Friedman dismisses Thompson’s bid to have Bully declared a public nuisance. Friedman will later file a Bar complaint against Thompson over his conduct and will also testify at his Bar trial.

October 22, 2006: Thompson announces he is running for Judge Friedman’s seat on the bench. However, he never follows through.

January 23, 2007: Thompson calls for the impeachment of Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff after Shurtleff advises Utah legislators that the Thompson-authored video game law they are considering is unconstitutional.

March 16, 2007: Thompson is sued by Take-Two Interactive. The publisher seeks to block Thompson from damaging future sales of Manhunt 2 and GTA IV. A month later, the parties will reach a settlement.

April 10, 2007: In a harshly-worded ruling, U.S. District Court Judge James Brady declares Louisiana’s video game law unconstitutional. Thompson, who wrote the legislation, has blamed Louisiana officials for its failure.

April 16, 2007: While the Virginia Tech shooting rampage is still ongoing, Thompson appears on Fox News to assert a violent video game connection. Later, a blue ribbon panel will find no evidence that the killer played violent games.

June 14, 2007: GamePolitics reveals that Thompson met secretly with Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick in Manhattan shortly after Zelnick took control of the company.

August 3, 2007: Thompson writes in a court filing that he is experiencing cardiac arrhythmia as well as chest pains due to the stress of his campaign against the Florida Bar.

August 21, 2007: Thompson claims that he underwent a psychological evaluation at his own expense and was pronounced mentally fit.

September 21, 2007: Thompson seeks to have Halo 3 declared a public nuisance in Florida

September 26, 2007: U.S. District Court Judge Adalberto Jordan reprimands Thompson for including gay porn in a court filing.

October 3, 2007: Thompson tries to add Judge Adalberto Jordan as a defendant in a case against the Florida Bar over which Jordan is presiding.

November 3, 2007: Thompson debates game developer Lorne Lanning at vgXpo in Philadelphia.

November 16, 2007: Thompson tries (and fails) to get GamePolitics & the Entertainment Consumers Association added as defedants in one of his numerous federal lawsuits against the Florida Bar.

November 26, 2007: Thompson’s Florida Bar ethics trial commences in Miami with Judge Dava Tunis presiding. It will last nine days.

December 18, 2007: Thompson’s $600 million New Mexico lawsuit which attempted to draw a link between GTA and a grisly triple murder is thrown out by a judge.

December 28, 2007: Trying to prove a video game connection, Thompson sues the Omaha Police Dept. for records of mall shooter Robert Hawkins.

March 7, 2008: Thompson circulates an e-mail which says that the Florida Bar will look like a bombed-out building if the Florida Supreme Court files an order against him.

March 18, 2008: GamePolitics begins serializing transcripts of testimony from Thompson’s November, 2007 Bar trial.

March 19, 2008: Thompson threatens legal action against GamePolitics for publishing the Bar trial transcripts, which are a matter of public record. Despite the threats, the series continues.

March 20, 2008: Florida Supreme Court informs Thompson that, due to submitting porn and other inappropriate filings, the Court will no longer accept any filings from him unless another attorney signs off.

April 9, 2008: Thompson complains in a court filing that the FBI will no longer take his calls.

April 26, 2008: Thompson persuades officials of Miami-Dade Transit to remove GTA IV ads from bus kiosks

May 20, 2008: Judge Tunis finds Thompson guilty of 27 of 31 ethical misconduct charges

May 26, 2008: Thompson tells a Florida radio show host that he has plans to run for the Florida legislature.

May 30, 2008: Thompson swears in a federal court filing that Judge Tunis leaked documents to GamePolitics. Actually, we got the documents from the court via public records request.

June 4, 2008: The Florida Bar recommends to Judge Tunis that Thompson be disbarred for 10 years. Thompson storms out of the hearing after Tunis refuses to let him read a statement in court.

June 16, 2008: Thompson alleges that a pair of U.S. Marshals visited him at his home.

July 2, 2008: Thompson is honored as winner of "America’s Freedom Award" at America’s Freedom Festival in conservative Provo, Utah.

July 9, 2008: Thompson alleges that he was barred by U.S. Marshals from entering the U.S. District Court building in Miami alone. An officer escorted him to his destination. Thompson sues over the incident.

July 9, 2008: Citing both his ethical misconduct and his behavior during his Florida Bar proceedings, Judge Tunis one-ups the Florida Bar by ignoring its recommendation for 10-year disbarment and instead recommends a permanment disbarment for Thompson.

September 25, 2008: Florida Supreme Court orders Thompson permanently disbarred, effective October 30th, 2008.

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    HarmlessBunny says:

    Well of course. I heard the recording as well, and it does seem he planned it out to walk out of court. In fact he told us that he was going to, or at least boycott the hearing. All because of, yep, the Judge was not ‘real’ because of the whole loyalty oath ("If the commies invade, I’ll fight them on the beaches…") and the fact, at the 11th hour AFTER THE BAR PROCEEDINGS HAVE PASSED he wanted to bring 30 or more witnesses to testify for him. AFTER THE BLOODING TRIAL. Tunis plain well knew what his crap was all about and refused to let him move his podium to face the audience and address them as though it were a news conference. He whined and bitched about it, and she remained rather calm throughout it (Dava Tunis rocks). Then he in a surprisingly calm, yet douche-baggish tone, told her in an arrogant tone that he was leaving….which really backfired for him, since in your own disciplinary hearing…walking out is REALLY REALLY BAD and leaves you up to any judgement they pass on you, and you can’t really appeal it whatsoever.

    Over all it was one of the dumbest moves Jack could ever make.

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    His_Ryanness says:

    "Thompson storms out of the hearing after Tunis refuses to let him read a statement in court."

    I don’t think the phrasing in this statement is particularly accurate. Having heard a recording of this particular event, it sounds to me like Jack Thompson walked out of the courtroom very calmly and deliberately (and stupidly). I would also disagree with the implication that Tunis refusing to let him read a statement in court was what prompted it. The impression I got was that he planned to walk out ahead of time because Tunis was *rolls eyes* not a real judge.

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    shaoron says:

    July 9, 2008: Citing both his ethical misconduct and his behavior during his Florida Bar proceedings, Judge Tunis one-ups the Florida Bar by ignoring its recommendation for 10-year disbarment and instead recommends a permanment disbarment for Thompson.


    Love that line the most

    but seriously.. we all know the Bar was jsut being nice to thompson and taht a 10 year ban was almost equivalent to a perma ban…

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    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Has anyone applied Rule 34 yet to that pic he sent a few weeks back when Ike hit? If not, HURRY UP!!! I NEED MY 1U1Z!!!



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    HilaryDuffGta says:





    Lmao *grabs sides from laughing too hard* oh damn i read about this last night on x play and a huge smile went across my face..Personally i’m glad to see him gone for good and hopefully this will help get this anti gaming crap out of the way and maybe have people look into some real issues and get off games already…



    hey Jack bring me a number 2 supersize will ya

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    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    And you can go with him for talking like that when it’s not I.T.L.A.P.D.



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    SithLibrarian says:

    I’ve been coming here since the Live Journal days and Jack Thompson’s always been a loon. But to see the events (well, not all events. Remember when he threw a fit over GP’s Influential People poll? XD) listed all at once…my god.


    Would you ever consider linking to your posts that come up in the timeline? Granted, one could do a search…but it’s just a thought :)

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    Father Time says:

    Avast ye landlubber that day be last week not now. Go back to ye port and hang your head in shame ye miserable sea dog for forgetting the grreatest holiday ever. Arrr!

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

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    TBoneTony says:


    Finally the day has come.

    End of the road Jack.

    Hope you have learned a few lessons allong the way

    And any time you go on a news station, Us Gamers will tell the audience of your disbarment and you will lose your arguments on TV.

    Also on a personal note, you need to be a family man and raise your OWN children. Stop trying to raise others and using your own religious beliefs as ammunition against those who are different than you.

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