Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

January 4, 2009 -

Jack Thompson is hoping that the United States Supreme Court will consider his appeal of the Florida Supreme Court ruling that disbarred him for life.

In mid-December the anti-game attorney requested from the U.S. Superme Court an extension of a Christmas Eve deadline in which to file what is known as a petition for a writ of certiorari.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has granted Thompson's request, meaning that the embattled anti-game violence advocate will have until February 18th to petition for cert with the Supreme Court.

While the extension is a positive development for Thompson, he nonetheless faces an uphill struggle. According to its website, the Supreme Court receives petitions to consider about 10,000 cases per year. Only about 100 of those will be granted a hearing.

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  1. Thompson's request for extension
  2. SCOTUS letter granting request

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Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

I actually want this to be heard. It'll be comedy gold.

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

I actually hope he's granted cert. It would be awesome if he wanted to argue his case to the Court himself.

1) He'd have to be admitted to argue before the Supreme Court

But can you imagine Jack arguing to the Supreme Court of the United States?

They never actually let you finish a sentence, you get hammered left and right.

I would so take the drive up to D.C. to watch THOSE oral arguments.

 

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I'd come with if I could. I wanna see Jack get his due at long last.

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Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Wow he is knee-deep in lies on his letter to the Supreme Court. I wonder if he realized that willfully lying to the Surpreme Court is a federal offense that can be punishable by several years in prison?

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Well, IANAL, but isn't it perjury to knowingly submit false statements or lie to the Supreme Court? Of course that may be the case if they decided to hear him out... But when your whole 'case' is built upon lies, I wouldn't be caught dead around a courthouse, let alone the SCOTUS.

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Agreed. He is in serious shit now x.x  I would feel bad for him, if it wasn't him just shooting himself in the foot.

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Of course he fails to mention that he voluntarily walked out of his own trial effectively forfeiting his right to defend, not that he was even defending hismelf already, with how hard he was working to, and failing to, make the other side look bad.

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@Neeneeko:

I got $1,000 that says after all of 15 seconds deliberation in Conference, the Court bounces his Petition like a Wham-O Super Ball.

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

That does seem like the most likly result.

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Cool, now he can lose on an even bigger scale! :D

 

Just goes to show though doesn't it, getting a deadline extended is now a Jack Thompson Victory to him...

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Can't say I blame him. If my life was a long series of "Denied,"  "Denied," "Denied," "Denied," when I got to the rare "Granted," I'd be a-whoop-tee-dooing, too.

Possible Outcome

Given some of the corruption (and conceptual) problems the Florida Bar has,  I could actually see this making up to the Supream Court, the Court deciding that yes the Bar has issues and is in trouble but JT is still disbarred because he had his own screw ups.

JT seems obsessed with the idea that if he can just prove someone else is worse then he is it justifies his own actions.

Re: Possible Outcome

Yup. 'He did it first!' stops being an excuse for most of us when we leave Primary School, but not Jacky Boy ;)

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Jack got the extension for one reason. He mentioned the death of his father. SCOTUS is showing common compassion like they often do in such things.

Yes, I am a liberal. I also believe in a strong military, less government, and the right to bear arms. 

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

And if they don't rule in his favor, he'll pull the same card sayign they're pissing on his father's grave or some crap, as if he hasn't pissed on graves himself.

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

as if he hasn't pissed on graves himself.

Actually I'm fairly sure pissing on graves would be a step up for Thompson. He doesn't usually wait for corpses to be in the ground before he starts urinating.

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Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

As usual, his letter is full of (I assume unintentionally) hilarious statements.

"1.  Petitioner was prosecuted by The Florida Bar, at the behest of American entertainment companies, in retaliation for his appearance on the CBS Network’s 60 Minutes news program"

Nope Jack, you were prosecuted at the behest of victims of your abusive and unprofessional behaviour, in retaliation for your attempts to descredit, insult and debase them.

"petitioner Thompson was prohibited from placing any evidence whatsoever before the court,"

I can just see it in court: "Mr Thompson, would you care to explain to the court, why you were prohibited from placing evidence? Don't leave out the part about the gay porn now."

"Petitioner was prohibited from speaking at his own Sanctions Hearing during the penalty phase of his Bar proceedings."

Nope, instead, petitioner was prohibited from turning the hearing into a farcical opportunity for him to get up on his little soapbox and ranting at the people in attendance about his deluded conspiracy theories.

".  Thus, The Bar stripped him of his counsel and then told him he could not represent himself."

Wasn't the problem that he refused counsel in the form of another attorney signing off on his filings? If somone offers you help and you refuse it, you can't complain of having none!

"No members of the public complained about petitioner.  The only people that complained were lawyers for the American entertainment companies formally found, by virtue of the efforts of petitioner, by the United States federal government to have distributed, marketed and sold adult-rated products to children.  These Bar complaints are nothing but retribution for petitioner’s out-litigation of these porn lawyers."

So Judges about whom he has made false statements calling into question their integrity are lawyers for entertainment companies? I never knew. Also, he claims that he "out-litigated" other lawyers? Last I knew, he was the one disbarred, while they are still happy in their jobs.

"he prepared U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton for her news conference in which she asserted that the makers of the Grand Theft Auto games had embedded in their games oral and anal sex scenes and had sold them to minors."

If that's the case, then her assertment was false!

"Raising the stakes further was the fact that Thompson wrote and testified on behalf of a bill in Louisiana that prohibited the sale of adult-rated video games to minors.  It was passed into law unanimously and signed by Governor Blanco. "

Funny the little details he leaves out, isn't it? No mention of how that bill was ruled unconstitutional shortly afterwards.

" The Bar had agreed to a 90-day suspension of the petitioner, but then reneged and demanded, upon the insistence of a gay rights activist within the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, that petitioner endure non-objective, subjective mental health tests, to assure that this time he would be found mentally disabled by his Christian faith"

Uh, no? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the 90 day suspension that Thompson spat back in their faces, and then came begging for once he realised he was up shit creek without a paddle?

Other than those few gems, it's all Thompson-by-numbers. I wrote a book! Some fundies gave me an award! Everyone is out to get me! Star Chambers! Loyalty oaths! Goose-stepping brigades! Given that the disbarrment order was meted out by the Supreme Court, I hope that it means they are familiar with the case, and when it comes to their attention they will remember and say "Oh God, that lunatic again? GTFO!"

 

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think SCotUS will change their minds if they knew all this?

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Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Yeah, pretty much standard-issue JT rhetoric there.  Like I keep saying, it's like he keeps playing the same old record over and over again so much that it's scratched and keeps skipping.  I swear it's like he's got a pre-recorded spiel backed-up in his head somewhere comprised of the talking points he brings up in every interview and speech that he does.  There may be a few new tracks on it now, but it's still the same: "Waaah!  I'm being persecuted!"  Wasn't this the same guy who a few days ago though said that since he was a Christian, he considers persecution a blessing and in fact relished it?  Gee, Jack, which way do you want it?

Oh yeah and as Dennis points out, just because SCOTUS allowed you to file it still doesn't mean you'll get anywhere.  As they say, "Good luck with all of that!"  The California video game law is also on appeal before them and chances are they're more likely to hear that case than yours, and the odds of them ever hearing that one are slim.  Hell, Fox's dispute with Warner Bros. over the Watchmen movie has more merit than your case.  Dava took her sweet time reviewing everything to make sure her ruling was airtight, and your own conduct in the trial helped see to that.  She nailed your coffin but good.  Accept that.  To use another quote, "You get nothing!  You lose!  Good day, sir!"

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

As big a waste of time that it would be, I almost wish the Supreme Court would hear his case.  JT will never change, so he'd still be the same loud-mouthed, arogant douche that he always is, the the Highest Court in the land.  Imagine Scalia getting a case filing that had pictures of monkeys and bombed out buildings all over it instead of legalese, or Alito's office getting 100 faxes in a week from JT.  Or how about passing out leaflets to the press outside the Court telling how much he dispised the Justices inside.

I mean, we're talking about a guy who was disbarred for LITERALLY being an asshole.

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

we can try to get ahold of them and tell them everything about him

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

I'm guessing he's going to try to bribe his way through this ordeal.

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Thomas only delayed the inveitable: Thompson's request being denied.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.

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Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

I choose to believe the Supreme Court is only interested in this case for the comedy value.

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

It stands to reason, of course, that Jack believes his misfortune is not the fault of his own actions but those of nefarious third parties. It's precisely the same thing he insists happens to the gamer-killers.

Cho wasn't responsible for killing all those people, it was the corrupting influence of Counter-Strike! Right? So obviously Jack isn't responsible for losing his licence.

Protip: Understanding the concepts of cause-and-effect and personal responsibility are kinda important in law.

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

"Protip: Understanding the concepts of cause-and-effect and personal responsibility are kinda important in law."

Not if you have God on your side. In that case you can do whatever you want and no one is allowed to punish you for it, but if other people do the same thing, then of course, their in the wrong. Or at least, that's what the rules are in JT's little world.

 

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Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Ooh the new season of Disbarred Nutjob is off to a promising start...

 

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

So, where can I donate to the "Jack Thompson please continue to entertain us" fund?

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Hey, are those docs downloading okay? We've had some issues with that of late...

 

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Yeah it is saying that "Page cannot be found"

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oops... sorry, was out for a while. they should be working now.

 

 

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

What else is he gonna do?  I question seriously if he has any marketable skills outside of the lawyer-niche.  He certainly isn't doing much for good for his constituency as a professional christian.  Personally, I think the logical niche for him is in lobbying. Maybe he thinks the only vehicle for change is through the courts?  That's naive.  If he really believes he was persecuted from lawyer-dom, and that the cause is just, he needs to find other means to his objectives.  Personally, I'd be concentrating on finding like minded people and building a constituency.  There's allot of parents out there that feel the way he does.  If he reached out to them, granted, he'd have to keep his antics to a minimum.  Frankly, if I were him, I'd look into forming a lobbying group - sort of the anti-ECA.  Problem is, he'd have to get someone else to chair it.  I know I give Hal Halpin allot of @#$@#$#@$, but I suspect if he tries to take on Hal he's just gonna embarass himself.  Not saying it couldn't be done, just saying he'd have to find someone with some people skills to do it for him.

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Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Nah, lobbying and building a constituency would make too much sense to a guy like Jack, and we know Jack never takes the most sensible course of action.  It's always whatever gets him the most attention.

And that's also why he'll never do it.  As narcissistic as he is, he's never shown any real desire to lead some sort of group.  In his mind, it's all about him, and a bunch of followers would only weigh him down.  He only throws his lot in with a group if it happens to be convenient for his purposes and they're gullible and dimwitted enough to allow themselves to be manipulated by him (e.g. The Peaceoholics).  Besides, he's already a Deacon in the Presbyterian church he attends.  And apparently that isn't enough for him.  It's got to be all Jack, all the time.

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

>Besides, he's already a Deacon

Amusingly, that means something else outside the church, certainly in the UK, anyway.

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Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Well I'm from the UK and the only menaing for this word I've ever heard is church-related.

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Not the most PC thing I've ever posted, but still.

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 If i recall, i do remember it being said that Jack has resorted to becoming a columnist for some conservative website since his disbarment... obviously though, while the job might help him contribute to his household instead of relying on his wife, it's not gonna help him get anywhere as far as video games are concerned... being a pundit doesn't get you to far against the already established pundits and that disbarment is a serious black mark that will help keep him off news shows... god knows if he every tries to go on a show where they offer someone as counter point to Jack they will be quick to note his disbarment if they see an opening to do so

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

I question seriously if he has any marketable skills outside of the lawyer-niche.

FTFY

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

"I know I give Hal Halpin allot of @#$@#$#@$, but I suspect if he tries to take on Hal he's just gonna embarass himself."

Do you really think JT cares about one more embarrassment in a sea of it? :P

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Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

LOL, Jack will never cease with the conspiracy theories- he is totally unable to even entertain the possibility that his behavior has anything to do with his lot in life. 

The best part is that he still does the same stuff that got him into trouble in the first place.  Every new court that he brings this to will see first-hand the behavior that got him disbarred.  Everyone else can see this, and yet the Christian Supervillan of Miami is totally oblivious.

When the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, who else will he add to the conspiracy that plots against him?

 

BTW, Jack.  I am enjoying my copies of Manhunt 2, GTA4, and Halo 3 that I still have the right to play- is this a great country or what?  Hooah!

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

You are enjoying Manunt2? ;)

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Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Jack, the Supreme Court has much bigger cases to worry about than your petty little squabble with the Florida Bar. Your career has ended, deal with it.

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Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

K, lets say the supreme court really was as corrupt and incompetent as JT says they are.

Then why is he trying to hard to get back in with them?

He's like a kid who applies to be part of a "tree fort club". If he get's in, great. If not, "well i never wanted to be part of your club anyway"

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

AFAIK, his enmity is against the SCoFLA, not SCoTUS.

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 Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Probably won't matter.  As soon as SCoTUS hands down anything that isn't in Thompson's favor, he'll start screaming corruption there, too.

Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

 He can scream all he wants, the Supreme Court is the entity that makes people officially president if I remember correctly. His whining is tantemount to farting in a hurricane.

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He's really wasting his petition Time on JAABLOG

His most recent docket(on JAABLOG) (In which he complains about his Supreme court docket has been Crimminaly altered by the fla bar) It's even funnier and there's also a reply from the Fla supreme court(Thanks Nightwng2000)

jaablog.jaablaw.com/2009/01/03/colins-corner.aspx#comment-1675860

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Re: Jack Thompson Takes His Case to U.S. Supreme Court

I will be surprised if it actually reach the supreme court.

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Yeah...  they will just laugh at him and say, there is no way in hell we are doing anything for you.

Maybe they will ban him for saying anything about or doing anything with legal proceedings in the US and Canada so he does make things a bigger mess in any cases.  Have it extend to talking with police or member of family or communities affected by tragedies, and not allowed to talk to news or other press about anything.

Between the mockery he has made of the court system, and everything else he has touched...  I don't see why he should have many rights.

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