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

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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  1. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    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.

    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  2. 0
    jccalhoun says:

    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.



  3. 0
    PHX Corp says:

    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

  4. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    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.

    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  5. 0
    PHX Corp says:

    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


    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

  6. 0
    HarmlessBunny says:

    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.

  7. 0
    Ryno says:

    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…

  8. 0
    PHX Corp says:

    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

  9. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    Everybody thinks it will be as early as Monday.

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

    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  10. 0
    Firebird says:

    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?

  11. 0
    hellfire7885 says:

    Jack’s head will explode no matter what. If it isn’t accepted, they’ll be on his shitlist, if it’s accepted and the over turning denied, they’ll be on his shitlist. If it’s not overturned but he’s given the chance to re-apply, well, odds are that won’t be good enough either.

  12. 0
    RonnieBarzel says:

    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.

  13. 0
    Firebird says:

    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?

  14. 0
    Kincyr says:

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

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

    ε²©γ€Œ…Where do masochists go when they die?」

  15. 0
    Mad_Scientist says:

    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.

  16. 0
    JDKJ says:

    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.

  17. 0
    JDKJ says:

    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 http://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.  

  18. 0
    tollwutig says:

     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.

  19. 0
    tollwutig says:

    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.



  20. 0
    GoliathWon says:

    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.

  21. 0
    jadedcritic says:

    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. 

  22. 0
    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    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.


  23. 0
    Rennie Davis says:

    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.

  24. 0
    HarmlessBunny says:

    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" πŸ˜›

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

  25. 0
    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    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.


  26. 0
    Defenestrator says:

    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.


  27. 0
    Defenestrator says:

    No, they don’t.  But when it’s painfully obvious that the first 3 paragraphs of his filing is filled with lies and shenanigans, his case doesn’t stand a chance to get very far.

  28. 0
    Icehawk says:

    I am almost sad. 

    If jackie had acutally gotten the nod to be heard by the SCOTUS and they had found for the Florida Bar (little doubt really) then jackie would literally be at an end, the entirity of the U.S. would then be part of the great conspiracy against him.  The only place left for him would be to crawl back up his own arse.  Growl and make threats now and again.   Besides I have a feeling that That case would have been a circus and (ironically/cynically) amusing. 

    Anything short of that leaves his future open and makes him an ongoing persistant, if vague, threat.   Guess I am going soft but I am in favor of the mercy killing. 

  29. 0
    TaoJeannes says:

    It’s a shame, because I would LOVE to listen to the justices tear Thompson to shreds when he tries to present his case. They don’t put up with no shenanigans in that room.

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    TBoneTony says:

    Looking at the situration in Florida and also Utah, I don’t think that the Surprime Court will give Jack a chance, of course we could all be wrong since that these people would have little to no idea what Jack has in mind for them.

    I would love to see how Jack’s head would explode if they deny him the opportunity to have his disbarrment overturned, or it might just turn into something else that would hurt Jack the most like a Prision sentance for even trying to overturn his original disbarrment and his recent events in Utah via the government there.



  31. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    He should have stayed in Medical Malpractice, since all he’s done is a big pile of nothing since then.

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

    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  32. 0
    HarmlessBunny says:

    From what I understand he used to take Medical Malpractice cases before he became a "Media Crusader". Also in the early 90’s he had a confrontation with the Bar. He actually won $20,000 in "damages" from that case.

  33. 0
    Monte says:

     Nothing in the realm of media and games which is the only stuff we keep track of here…

    Jack has done normal lawyering as well… representing clients on regular matters and all that, and he has supposedly won cases in the normal field; though nothing big beyond any other lawyer and thus not something he goes around bragging about… really his media related "lawyering" is the only thing he likes to boast about. 

  34. 0
    Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    Really?…Huh…Really? What "wins" does he have?…



    Game on, brothers and sisters.

  35. 0
    Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    Comparing JT to a Feebas is an insult to Feebas’ everywhere. However…

    I could see JT being a Luvdisc…seeing how he always flirts with us, calling people "sweetie" and whatnot.


    Game on, brothers and sisters.

  36. 0
    Briggs says:

    It’s obvious that he runs out of PP for ‘Harden Head’ during his antics and so has to use ‘Struggle’, which is ineffective against the legal world but causes him to lose a fair bit of HP.

    Or, if he’s a Bidoof, he seems to only have ‘Defense Curl’ and does the same thing.

  37. 0
    Saxy says:

    Wow. I hope no actual Pokemon read this thread. Metapod would be so offended by this.

    But hey, at least Magikarp and Metapod evolve. JT is more like… a Luvdisc.

    Or a Feebas that’s too ugly to evolve.

  38. 0
    Monte says:

     a wild level 100 metapod who is stuck in a state of confusion…

    When you think about it, most of the attacks used on JT haven’t done much damage (as to be expected when fighting such a metapod)… most of the damage that has led to jack’s downfall were mostly self inflicted; his antics and actions are what led to his disbarment, more than another other thing

  39. 0
    Kincyr says:

    either one, they both only know Harden if caught in the wild. JT is like a wild one caught at Lv.100; unable to level-up, unable to evolve and learn an attack.

    ε²©γ€Œ…Where do masochists go when they die?」

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    Kincyr says:

    don’t forget though that Magikarp learns Tackle at Lv.15 and Flail at Lv.40, making them more useful than JT

    ε²©γ€Œ…Where do masochists go when they die?」

  41. 0
    Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    Actually, Bidoofs can learn almost any HM, so they’re not completely useless.

    Jt is more like a Magikarp that will never let go of its Everstone, and his "Make a Splash" attack, instead of doing nothing, does less than nothing.


    Game on, brothers and sisters.

  42. 0
    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    Wasn’t that Metapod, or is it both Metapod and Kakuna?


  43. 0
    Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    Oh, snap, dawg! Burn! Third-degree! Incineration!


    Game on, brothers and sisters.

  44. 0
    Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    Confirmation bias if he wins ("I knew it all along! Victory is imminent!" *sings his own version of "Jesus Loves Me", called "Jesus Loves ME (And Noone Else)"*), conspiracy theories if he loses ("Everyone’s against me! The Court’s been bribed! God will guide me!").

    He’s still stone-cold-fuck-nuts.


    Game on, brothers and sisters.

  45. 0
    Brainswarm says:

    That link to scotusblog.com contains a link to a page titled "Petitions to Watch" for this conference, which contains the following quote:

    "As always, the list contains the petitions on the Court’s paid docket that Tom has deemed to have a reasonable chance of being granted." 

    Jack Thompson’s case doesn’t appear on it.

  46. 0
    PHX Corp says:

    Lets see what The Justices say about JT moronic actions in trying to Destroy the Florida Bar

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

  47. 0
    PHX Corp says:

    Can we warn obama to brace his fax machine for a possible overload in case if JT decides to do so

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

  48. 0
    mogbert says:

    Because it just isn’t likely. Personally, I think this is what all those laws he was trying to get pushed were about. He wanted his name in the papers, to be a two-bit celebrity, so that the SCOTUS would think about granting him a petition. But then he did the one thing he shouldn’t… he did the exact same thing he did before that got him in this position in the first place. Then he showed to the media and god that he still had no idea how the law actually works. What he may not understand is that the SCOTUS isn’t like the state senates. They actually do their research. They know what they are talking about.

    JT Uses "60 Minutes" on SCOTUS

    It has no effect.

    SCOTUS is gathering it’s energy.

    JT Uses "I Wrote a BOOK!" on SCOTUS

    It has no effect.

    SCOTUS uses "Ignore" on JT

    It’s super effective!

    JT has been permenantly disbarred.

  49. 0
    Stealthguy says:

    Fine, "Overkill" then I guess.

    I don’t think he should be given even that opportunity. If even a forth of the animals he would encounter were as impressionable as the majority of the idiots in this country we’d be royally screwed. Remember that the average person isn’t all that threatening, the average bear on the other hand…


    A padded cell would be more his speed. With all the paper and ink he could ever need.

  50. 0
    DeepThorn says:

    It is illegal…  the US government needs a restraining order on him, where he shouldn’t be allowed within 1 mile of any government property, including roads.  Put him out in the middle of no where to do his ranting to the wild animals.

  51. 0
    Pixelantes Anonymous says:

    Yea. Looking at the list of petitions to watch (http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/petitions-to-watch-41709/) I don’t see a chance in hell the judges will give Jackhole his umpteenth day in court.

    To think his schizophrenic and paranoid petition is anywhere near a level of seriousness as a petition on whether a prosecutor can be held civilly liable for procuring false testimony to convict a defendant in a criminal trial is ludicrous.


  52. 0
    Zerodash says:

    He will spam out emails to the SCOTUS filled with threats and libelous accusations. 

    He will then write another letter to the president and copy every person on his email list.

    Jack will say that since he wrote a letter to the president, his victory will be guaranteed and imminent.

    Then he will spam out more messages about how he is about to "Take action" against either the SCOTUS, it’s clerks, and/or the ESA (who bought them off). 

    All this correspondence will be filled with claims that he was being oppressed for his Christian beliefs.

  53. 0
    1AgainstTheWorld says:

    Jack-Jack is all set to wrap up a really bad week.  First the embarrassment in Utah, now this.  Can’t wait to see what he’ll do if (likely *when*) the SC throws out his appeal.

  54. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    I think it’d be best for SCOTUS to reject Thompson’s petition outright rather than "Pigeon Holing" it, so that he couldn’t continue to say that his case is before SCOTUS even though SCOTUS won’t acknowledge it.

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

    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  55. 0
    DavCube says:

    But wait, didn’t Jacky say he’s been ‘in front of the Supreme Court’ for weeks now? But he can’t be lying! He’s a law person! *LE GASP DE SHOCK HORROR*

    He’s not going to get his day in the SCOTUS. The End.

  56. 0
    Briggs says:

    SCOTUS receives a LOT of petitions every year and they only actually allow a very few to come before them.  I think it comes out to be about 1% are allowed to come forward.  There are actually 3 ways for it to go when someone tries to bring something before SCOTUS.

    1: It can be brought to trial.

    2: It can be rejected, which effectively kills it.

    3: It can be "Pigeon Holed" meaning that they shove it in a cabinet somewhere and pretend it doesn’t exist (effectively the same as rejecting, except it means in essence that they either didn’t want to risk setting a precedence or the request is so laughable as to not be worth their time).

    Of course, this is just what I remember from school and IANAL.

  57. 0
    CMiner says:

    I have to wonder how many other crackpot petitions they receive each year?  Is Jack’s just another drop in a figurative ocean, or will his stand out?

  58. 0
    TK n Happy Ness says:

    I figure if the Supreme Court finds out what our dear "friend" Jack has been up to, his case will be thrown out, but then again it wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened to one of his cases.

    When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

  59. 0
    Kajex says:

    Same. The result of it is basically saying "I’m waging war in MY name, nothing in this case will benefit anybody else." This is all about him.

    Even if they DID grant his petition (and they won’t), the only thing coming out of it is a bigger political/judicial hand pointing and saying "NO U" before soundly and efficiently slapping him across the face with it.

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    Charax says:

    Why would the Florida Bar not file a response? even if that response was "Here’s all the evidence collected, you have a look"?

    Surely they want the disbarment to stick just as much as gamers do

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