U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment Today

April 17, 2009 -

As GamePolitics previously reported, anti-game activist Jack Thompson has appealed his lifetime disbarment to the United States Supreme Court.

Thompson's petition for writ of certiorari will be considered by the Court this morning during a private conference of the justices. If four justices vote to grant Thompson's petition, it will continue to the next stage in the Court's process. If not, the Court will take no further action on his case.

A rejection of Thompson's petition would likely seal the disbarment ordered by the Florida Supreme Court in September, 2008.

The SCOTUS blog, which tracks day-to-day happenings at the Court, does not list Thompson's petition among its Petitions to Watch for today's conference. That is an indication that the blog's authors do not believe that the justices will find merit in Thompson's petition.

According to the SCOTUS docket, the defendant in Thompson's case, the Florida Bar, opted not to to file a response to Thompson's petition.

DOCUMENT DUMP: You can read Thompson's petition to the U.S. Supreme Court here.


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Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

If he looses again (which is more than likely)...  Can we please, please, PLEASE never see a story with his name again????????????

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

as long as he keeps getting people to try legislating, GP will report it.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

According to SCOTUSblog, we'll find out the fate of Thompson around 10am tomorrow.

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

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Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

The aftermath is going to be fun to watch.  I foresee Jacko accusing the Supreme Court of being in on the conspiracy and under the thumb of the videogame industry.  In my wildest dreams I see Jacko threaten the Supreme Court and get arrested but that doesn't seem likely even for Jacko.

 

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Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment ...

everyone looks like JT's Disbarment has been sealed(we won't know until monday) but here's the oral arguments from april 20th to 30th

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/april-2009-oral-...

I don't see Thompson's case on there, does that mean it's rejected(Suspense) or pigonholed(even bigger suspense)

Cue JT's reality train to be derailed

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

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

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment ...

They wouldn't set oral arguments this quickly for Thompson's case. If it were allowed to proceed, it'd be set months later.

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

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Solidarity for the Saints = No retreat, no surrender. 2013 = Saints' revenge on the NFL. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment ...

I should've known, but anyway we'll find out monday

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

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

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

Somebody knows when the Court will give their veredict? Can´t wait for it. I bet Thompson can´t wait for it too. :)

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Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

Everybody thinks it will be as early as Monday.

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

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Solidarity for the Saints = No retreat, no surrender. 2013 = Saints' revenge on the NFL. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

They don't grant him a hearing, JT would cause a FAIL for him(and a bad day for the SCOTUS Fax machines)

They do so but don't overturn his disbarment, Then it's a EPIC FAIL for JT(and a bad day for the SCOTUS Fax machines)

either way JT will try to destroy the fax machines to get his way

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

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

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

It's a very important part of the federal government, I'm sure they have their own military-grade fax machines.

After all, I'm sure Jack's not the only wacko who constantly harrasses them.

 

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...

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: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

Only the truly guilty work this hard to disprove their guilt.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

Yet another similarity between Jack and Rod Blagojevich.  Two peas in a pod!

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

Incredibly similar. So much that it is rather scary.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

Must be the same personality disorder...I'm thinking Narcissistic but I could be wrong.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

It certainly seems that way. Both are sick sick guys.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment ...

On the "Petitions to Watch" site that Dennis links to, there's a brief on a case named "Oliver vs. Quarterman." As a longtime reader of EGM, that made me look twice.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

2 months and I'm still holding to my bet of 1000:1 against Jack Thompson

I have Andrew and Night (for JT) on board (am I forgetting someone?)

anyone else insterested in placing a bet?

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Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

I don't take bets when it's obviously a sucker's bet

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

Hey! For Andrew Eisen... that's better odds than the Lottery! - "Ten bucks on Thompson"!

Besides, I placed a second bet in which I give everyone a free beer if JT doesn't get a hearing.

Guess how I'm paying it?

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Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

lol, don't blame him. If I had 10 bucks to spare, I would too :P

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment ...

Once they refuse to hear this case, Jack's "Once and Future Attorney (trust me)" status can be added to his pile of empty proclimations.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

There are all kinds of nuts who can get 90% on the bar exam" - Justice Anthony Kennedy

I think the above quote sums up Jack's chances nicely.  The only way I could see the Justices even taking this would be for the sheer fun of it, and they aren't exactly a fun bunch.

 

 

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

The funny thing is Jack failed the first time he took the Bar test :P

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

That's not unusual. Law students usually take the test 2 or 3 times.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

Not unless you graduated from People's College of Law or, like John Kennedy, Jr., you know it doesn't matter whether you pass the exam or not, because you're a Kennedy and, therefore, you'll land a job with the Manhattan D.A.'s Office and manage to keep it despite failing the N.Y. Bar exam repeatedly.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

 No what is funny is that is a quote from the oral arguments for a case where a lunatic was demanding the right to represent himself in a criminal trial.  The judge allowed it, for a while, but made the Court Appointed attorneys be present.  The guy kept trying to turn his criminal trial into a tirade against the government, etc.  The judge the ruled he could no longer represent himself, the guy was convicted. This guy filed appeal on the basis that he wasn't allowed to represent himself, the appeal made it to SCotUS.  During all of this time the guy actually managed to get his law degree and pass the Bar exam, the his attorney pointed this out during oral arguments.  Justice Kennedy answered. 

Pretty sure the SCotUS ruled in favor of the judge's decision to appoint council since the trial would have become a circus if the guy had been allowed to represent himself.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment ...

That Stevens case looks interesting too.

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Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment ...

Nah, that won't be the end of it, though at least now he won't be able to use the "I'm appearing in front of the US Supreme Court" spin anymore. You forgot his other foolproof plan to get his license back, which involves overthrowing the Florida Bar with the help of the father of a convicted, confessed rapist and the one(1) other disbarred attorney who responded to the call-to-arms that he spammed to the entire Bar member list. Assuming he has restrained himself from burning these bridges yet.

Yeah he'll be getting his license back any day now.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment ...

Let's also not forget the plan to "disintegrate" the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Bar, and the Bar's membership by amending the Florida Constitution on signature petition available at www.barthebar.com. LOL!! Boy, that's one crazy-ass bitch, ain't he?

And I suspect that he's not so much burned his bridge to Big G as it finally dawning on Big G (who clearly wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer and is damn-near as crazy as Jackal) that Jackal ain't never getting that license back and therefore can't spring Lil' G from Hardee Correctional Institution.  

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

I actually hope he does get a chance to plead to the supremes. I mean, good lord, the tragi-comedy possibilities are endless. Somebody tivo it, I'm gonna get the popcorn. 

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Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

Sadly, the SCOTUS proceedings aren't televised.  Too bad, because I wouldn't miss it for anything.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

(In my best movie trailer voice)

Jack... is BACK.

 

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Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

lol, I do voice over work... :P  I would do that for free :P

Heheheh this is going to be a good day.

1 pm, Jack enters the court

1:02 pm Jack leaves in tears

1:03 pm GP celebrates

1:04 Life resumes as normal

 

Re: Heheheh this is going to be a good day.

LOL...

i liked that, made me laugh a lot!

cheers!

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

While it is possible an announcement may come earlier, it is most likely the court will announce the disposition of the petition at 10:00 am Eastern Time on Monday. That is when it usually issues its Orders List from the previous Friday's conference.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

There is really no way he's going to get approved, right?  I mean, this is a joke.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

It is ridiculously unlikely that he'll get a hearing. However there is a slim to none chance he'll get in.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

For Jack's sake, he should pray he doesn't get a hearing. That would be the final nail in the coffin. Every one that has heard him so far has been very lenient, and ONLY disbarred him for lying in court and harassing officials. If he lies in the Supreme Court, that carries a very stiff penality that could land him in jail.

Now he derserves it in my opinion for all the ridiculous and pathetic acts he has attempted on good folks. He would be very lucky if all he gets is a denial. Then he can scream and rant saying that the Supreme Court of the United States is part of a conspiracy against him. Then officially he would be considered a "crazed lunatic screaming at kids to get off his lawn" :P

Either way whether he gets a hearing or not, this is the end of the road for Jack.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

They should grant him the hearing. Then they can tell him to his face that he fails.

Epic 1u1z would ensue when he loses the hearing. Plus, the sheer awesomeness would drive people slightly insane. I would be as sane as Zippy is right now, while Zippy himself would become like MopMan, whose post-awesomeness sanity would potentially be a Division By ZERO.

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Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

Yeah I would love to see the Supreme Court tell Jack where to stick it. That would probably shatter his world.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

As funny as the thought of Jack Thompson getting blasted by the Supreme Court and possibly arrested for lying there is, it sadly would not really be a good use of the Supreme Court's time. They get so many petitions every year and have to choose only a small number to actually hear, and putting one crazed former attorney in his place isn't important enough in the larger scheme of things.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

Oh I know and I am glad. It is funny to THINK that they would humour his case, but realistically it isn't going to happen.

Sadly "Mr. I am being persecuted." will blame now the Supreme Court, how they are violating his rights etc etc.... and launch a tirade of angry press releases and harass officials. AGAIN.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

I just wish they'd grant him a hearing for the sake of telling him to his face that he fails.

I predict that if this happens, epic 1u1z will ensue.

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Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

Actually I see it ending in a misery fest that Thompson will never recover from :\  Wouldn't wish that on anyone. Even him.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment

I just wish he wasn't so anti-American.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment ...

For the LULZ:

i. The Florida Bar’s referee, Dava J. Tunis, who had no experience and no training as a referee, denied petitioner all discovery leading up to the trial.  She refused to issue subpoenas.  She then denied petitioner the opportunity to introduce any evidence, in the form of documents and witnesses, at his bar trial.  She denied him all hearings and rulings on his constitutional defenses.  She ordered petitioner to remain silent at his own “sanctions hearing” after his trial, denying him his right to challenge the permanent disbarment sanction and the unsupported “costs” award of $42,525.27.

 

Of course, that's quite a change from the chain of events as it actually happened, and is directly contradicted point by point in the "Tunis Report."

 

1) Jack ignored and or continuously tried to delay discovery deadlines.  Finally Tunis issued one final deadline and Thompson predictably missed it.  She proceeded without Thompson's discovery.

 

2) Thompson was not allowed to introduce witnesses or evidence because HE HIMSELF did not issue a list of such at discovery.

 

3) Tunis did not issue subpoenas for a witness list that was not issued during discovery, the very same discovery that Thompson ignored.

 

4) Jack's "constitutional defense" of being religious was directly addressed by Tunis.  It was denied because it wasn't Jack's beliefs that were on trial, but his shitty and embarrassing behavior.  The fact that Jack STILL doesn't understand this in the slightest is mindboggling.

 

5) Jack was not allowed to turn his sanctions hearing into a circus.  Had he been reasonable, I'm sure he'd have been allowed to answer questions and make statements.  He wasn't going to be allowed to stand there and accuse Tunis of being an illegal judge and berate the court.  Jack will never know, though, BECAUSE HE STORMED OUT OF COURT LIKE AN ANGRY CHILD.

 

6) The sanctions hearing is NOT the appropriate place to challenge the findings.  It's to present mitigating evidence for your punishment.  You've already been found guilty at this point.  The proper place to challenge the court is actually DURING THE TRIAL or, failing that, during appeal.

 

What an idiot.

 

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment ...

I was going to say, it's not that he wasn't given the chance to defend himself, he willingly gave that chance up.

Re: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Jack Thompson's Disbarment ...

protip: linking to images on your harddrive doesn't work for others

that aside, hopefully SCotUS has a copy of the Tunis Report

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