Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku & Kitchen Sink in Court Filing

October 21, 2008 -

It must be awfully difficult to be a disbarred attorney. I mean, what do you do with all of that free time?

If you're Jack Thompson you file court motions. And Thompson filed one of his more bizarre ones today. It's another of those picture books filings that the disgraced attorney has taken to submitting in recent months. Apparently capitalizing upon his free time, Thompson has taken the trouble to paste in snaps of:

  • GP volunteer comment mod E. Zachary Knight
  • GP editor (me)
  • Hal Halpin, head of consumer group the ECA
  • Brian Crecente, editor of Kotaku
  • Strauss Zelnick, chairman of Take-Two
  • Doug Lowenstein, former ESA boss

His purpose seems to be an attempt to make the case - yet again - that the video game industry is responsible for his disbarment. That's an odd approach as most of the people he names in today's filing aren't part of the video game industry.

Thompson seems particularly upset over the amusing Disbarment Countdown Timer created by EZK. On that score Thompson writes:

If there were any doubt as to the core purpose of this disbarment, instigated by the video game industry, note... The Jack Thompson Disbarment Countdown Clock is at the center of a commerce-driven lynch mob... This court should grant the emergency stay to at least freeze the Countdown Clock pending an evidentiary hearing on this nonsense.

It's so clear now! The multi-billion dollar video game industry reached down from its perch on Wall Street and demanded the creation of a free Disbarment Timer add-on for Firefox. Makes perfect sense...

As to my involvement, he writes:

GamePolitics.com’s operator is Dennis McCauley, who filed his own Florida Bar complaint against Thompson for being mean to videogamers. GamePolitcs ran a multi-part series about Thompson’s Bar trial, court transcripts and all. Mr. McCauley, pictured below, worked with Referee Dava Tunis to place court documents at his site before Thompson got them...

It's true that I filed a Bar complaint about him in 2006. I've written about that in the past. The Bar complaint certainly wasn't about "being mean to videogamers."

GP did indeed run a multi-part series on Thompson's Bar trial, complete with transcripts. I'm very proud of that series. The assertion about working with Judge Dava Tunis is simply a lie.

UPDATE: Thompson also mentioned that GamesLaw.net has been tracking his court filings. All part of the conspiracy, eh, Miami Jack?

FULL DISCLOSURE DEPT: The ECA is the parent company of GamePolitics.

Read the court filing here.


Comments

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

DUDE. SHUT. UP.

This is the first article about him that Dennis has posted in WEEKS. Not hours, WEEKS.

For crying out loud, you're making a huge deal over absolutely NOTHING.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Sorry for the errors.

There is no greater sin, than that of the man who does not think for himself.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

I don't think any of us has anything to worry about.  Jack serves as an example of obsession, and what damage it that obsession taken to far can do. Once he's disbarred, I don't think anyone of confidence will step up, much less want to. Every report has been discredited or found to be inaccurate or biased. Though there are those exceptions of parental irresponsibility.

Bane XXIII

Minneapolis, Mn

"My Optimism Reigns Supreme"

There is no greater sin, than that of the man who does not think for himself.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

I also like

This court should grant the emergency stay to at least freeze the Countdown Clock pending an evidentiary hearing on this nonsense."

Love the way he sees this as the key part, and capitalises 'Countdown Clock' - clearly it's important to him.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

i know why jt got banned for calling dennis "sweetie" ( for someone who claims to be straight he sure is acting . . . . funny) obviously this isnt meant to be an insult to anyone but jt

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Honestly I think that JBT got confused between Denise and Dennis.  jackie is not what one would consider exactly bright afterall.   I still have to give the nod of approval to Dennis for tolerating it for so long. 

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

I started to read the filing, got as far as page 3, then decided I had to register here just to say 'LMAO' to this:

"Despite Mr. Lowenstein's appearance, below, the producer for 60 Minutes says Mr. Lowestein travels with his own make-up artist"

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

EZK has a spear and magic helmet?  What's the worst he can do, kill a wabbit while singing opera?  I think Jack will be ok.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

am i really the only gamer AGAINST jack being disbarred?  think of it this way; with jack as the figurehead of the anti-game movement, we had nothing to fear. with him gone, the role will eventually be filled by someone else, and the next person might actually know how to do his job

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Why is it "there can be only one?". Jack hasn't stopped anyone competent from filing a suit.

The reason that anyone competent hasn't done anything is that anyone competent knows enough not to bother, there's no real reason.

 

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

no but he has definetly convinced people that they cannot work WITH him hence the "there can be only one"

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

But why work with him? Anyone could simply ignore him.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

you missed the point some people are wooried that jack will go away and someone new and improved will walk up and take up the cause. im saying that jack is a one man show and wont leave and wont share the stage either =]

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

you dont have to worry about jack hes only being disbarred. trust me hes not gonna "leave the stage" in fact after his disbarment ill bet money he shouts all the louder. trust me jt will not bow out gracefully, its just not his style

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

I predict that Jack will eventually do something to get himself arrested.  He has nowhere to go but down!

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

yes you are

 

jack has done such a great job of discreditting the movement that no one really can follow him

 

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Yup, Just a matter of days, Im going to party my butt off when i hear his disbarment...Jackie, You promised you sue me for "Slander" and "Stalking" , (I've actaully called him on his phone, Along with a gamers district here in Central,Fl that helped me get his number.)

Magic Taco

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Is it just me or does the picture of Hal Halpin look like the cover art of an album of love songs?

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

That's given me an idea....


Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Hal Halpin's Heartfelt Harmonies? Or H4 for short?

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

WIth how unhinged he's getting, I'm worried he's going to seriously hurt someone.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

If he wasn't about to be disbarred anyway, this filing alone would be a basis for any number of further bar complaints.

I just thought of something brilliant

for my final essay paper for my college composition class, I shall write about the concept of being disbarred. Guess who going to be used for the examples. ;)

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

jackie has insulted, demeaned, slandered, theatened and lied about posters here.  Not sure how anyone can consider it is a surprise that there are those (oh gamers maybe) that are taking some small delight in his fall.   We are not at fault, share little to no guilt and did not push him off the edge.  The fool jumped, again and again and again.  

jackie if I were you (and glad I am not) I would be trying to do something Useful with my last few days before the axe falls.  Oh but not you.  No, no you have them right where you want them (blah blah).  You will rise from this and see to the downfall of the evil ones....  

This is kind of sad it is not even worth trying to insult him as I cannot do anything close to what he did to himself.   Yes JBT I feel little but pity for you.  Waste of Protein and amino acids.   Ah well that clock clicks ever down. 

Oh and EZK if I am not mistaken that is mayhaps the Cursed Plastic Dwarven Warhelm of Hair Matting (+2) is it not?

 

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Denis, you forgot to mention us! He threw my site in along with the motion, without any explanation how we contribute to it. Hell, we don't even use the clock (both of our editors are Mac users, and AFAIK none of our writers use it).

--

Dan "SWATJester" Rosenthal

Executive Director, GamesLaw.net

Member, ABA IP Law Division Special Committee on Computer Gaming and Virtual Worlds

-- Dan Rosenthal

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

ok heres a question how many times has jack thompson been banned from here?

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

If you count the LiveJournal bannings as well he's been banned well over fifty times. I forget the exact count but I think this puts him somewhere closer to sixty-five or seventy.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

so how many more bannings till he gets a trophy

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Dennis will un-ban him when hits start to run low on the site.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Hey Dennis:

After the 25th can you change all of Jack's posting IDs to "Jack Thompson, Disbarred Attorney and You're Not"?

Saying that Jack Thompson is impotent is an insult to impotent men everywhere. They've got a whole assortment of drugs that can cure their condition; Jack, however...

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Wow.  I wish I was as handsome as the people pictured in this document.

I dunno... I can't blame people for mocking and laughing (heck, I did when I read the filing), but I also can't wait for this saga to end.  Once it does though, could someone collect all his filings and make a website as a shrine to his insanity?  Then we can look back whenever we need a chuckle.

Also, for October 25th, I move that everyone wear a W.W.J.D. bracelet to commemorate it.  It stands for "What Would Jack Do?" and the idea is that whenever you're tempted to flame, shout at, or tease someone, stop and take a look at the bracelet and think of what Jack would do.  Then do the exact opposite.  He really is an inspiration for us all in that way.

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Re: Jack Thompson Whines About Everything

What a crybaby. Maybe he should have bought stock in Pampers diapers or Johnson & Johnson "No More Tears" Baby Shampoo instead.

If Jacky Boy would have practiced what he preached about growing up and getting a life, he wouldn't have gotten disbarred.

Maybe Thompson should apply for membership to the Delusional Weirdo Society, if he hasn't already.

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Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Why'd he get banned?

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Harrassing GP's owner, moderator and users. Spamming comments with letters and filings. Derailing discussions. Being a complete jerk. That sort of stuff.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/okceca
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1325674091

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

IOW, the textbook definition of trolling. I just looked it up at various sites to verify that anonymity has nothing to do with it. So technically, the phrase "anonymous troll" is not at all redundant, it just applies to 99.99% of existing internet trolls.

岩「…Ace beats Jack」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

You know...

The kind of things that a lawyer who hates video games would say and do to a good place like this.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

i gotta admit i love your attitude bout this specially your last comment "that sort of stuff" i gotta ask how can you and dennis put up with all this?

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

He was banned for posting material that was not part of the discussion (i.e. his court filings, letters to other people, etc.)

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

for the same reason he's being disbarred: he can't be civil to anyone, ever.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Lets see...Spamming letters, constantly being an annoyence, forgetting the comment rules, and many more that I may not know of.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Don't forget a horrifying lack of respect for the dead.   Anybody remember his comments about the Kuja suicide?  I've literally never been as angry as I was when I read that, and I didn't even know Kuja.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Posting Font-Size 72 insults at EZK.

Some other people are starting to emulate that technique as well in other articles, which isn't a good idea.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

When I'm not playing overly violent video games I'm glad that I can come here and read Thompson's ridiculous court filings.

What a fine world this is.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

This is funny. An article about JT and he's not here to make a comment. BRILLIANT!

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Well done, EZK and Dennis!

To be included in a frivolous court filing by Jackhole does put you in a very elite company. I'm jealous.

-- http://pixelantes.blogspot.com/

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

3 days 8:28:50 till Jack Thompson is disbarred.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Tick Tock, Jack. Tick Tock.

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

Almost 60 posts, wears your 'About to be disbarred' attorney?

Re: Jack Thompson Whines About GamePolitics, ECA, Kotaku &

I believe he got the banhammer earlier...

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1
 
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