One Year Ago Today

He made us laugh. He made us cry. He made us angry. He made us scratch our heads.

Whatever you think of him, Jack Thompson certainly had an impact on the videogame industry and definitely helped to rally gamers together, even if, by and large, they rallied to oppose him.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Thompson’s disbarment. While being disbarred has not resulted in Thompson disappearing, it has taken away something from the vociferous one. Maybe it just made him easier to ignore or dismiss.

Earlier this week we received an email from Thompson stating that he was returning to practice law. Frankly we didn’t know whether to run it or not, but today seems as good a day as any to post it. We did ask a few members of the legal community to eyeball his stance, and while we won’t get into specifics, the response was that Thompson doesn’t really have a leg to stand on.

Thompson’s full email is after the jump.

Happy Anniversary.

 

Immediate News Release – Sept. 19, 2009
 
Miamian Jack Thompson Set to Return to Practice of Law
 
On September 25, 2008, the Florida Supreme Court entered an order permanently disbarring Miamian Jack Thompson from the practice of law.  Thompson had been a continuous member in good standing of The Florida Bar for 31 years. 
 
He was “disbarred” by virtue of Bar complaints instigated by the broadcasters of the Howard Stern Show, against whom Thompson had secured $4 million in FCC decency fines, and by Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., in retribution for Thompson’s appearance on CBS’ 60 Minutes to expose its sale of the cop-killing murder simulator Grand Theft Auto video games that had caused the deaths of scores of individuals, including three Alabama policemen whose families Thompson represented.
 
Thompson has just discovered that all of the court orders that resulted in his “disbarment” are void ab initio—legal nullities from the outset and thus of no force and effect.  The Florida Supreme Court, in violation of the laws of Florida assigned to Thompson’s case a referee from Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit, rather than from the state’s Second Judicial Circuit, where he would have received a fair trial.  Bar counsel hid this fatal defect not only from Thompson but from the Florida Supreme Court as well. 
 
What this means is that Thompson literally was never disbarred.  See the mountain of case authority on the consequence of orders that are void ab initio, including Elliott v. Lessee of Piersol, 26 U.S. 328  (1828) and Vallely v. Northern Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 254 U.S. 348 (1920).  This has been the law in this country for more than 180 years.
 
Thompson intends to resume the practice of law as a member of The Florida Bar on October 1, 2009. He has invited, this day, Mary Ellen Bateman, who prosecutes the “unlicensed practice of law” for The Florida Bar, to get a court order to stop him.  Unless she acts, he’s back in business, and the children of this country will have returned to them the lawyerly labors of a man who a) secured the first FCC decency fines in the history of this country, b) the first verdict in world history that a sound recording was obscene, c) forced Time Warner to pull from stores worldwide Ice-T’s “Cop Killer,” d) and forced Take-Two, along with Senator Hillary Clinton to recall all copies worldwide of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which cost Take-Two tens of millions of dollars.
 
Florida Supreme Court Justices Polston and Canady recently wrote:  “Is it too much to ask that The Florida Bar obey its own Rules?”  Apparently it is too much to ask.  When government breaks the laws, there is no law.

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132 comments

  1. Ryno says:

    Lest anyone forget: this is a man who puts out a press release every time he LOSES something, never mind actually winning, which I’ll admit not even Google is designed to delve into. So the chance that he actually gets arrested and we don’t hear about it are less than the Lions going to the Super Bowl this year AND winning it.

     

    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…

  2. Erik says:

    Oh look, Jack is using the "foolish enemies" like again. 

    So tell me Jack, how does it feel to know that you have lost EVERY SINGLE TIME to these fools.  Can you name one of these fools that you have had success with?  You completely FAILED in doing anything to Penny-Arcade.  You FAILED to keep a single game off the shelves.  Do you honestly think that you have a chance against the Florida bar.

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

  3. Ryno says:

    I guess there aren’t any Dr. Evil fans here. Sad.

     

    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…

  4. Erik says:

    How is this any different than when Thompson tried to claim that his disbarment was null due to Judge Tunis supposedly not being a judge?  Oh that’s right, it isn’t.  Just another loophole that exists soley in Thompson’s mind.

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

  5. Ryno says:

    You may be onto something. And let’s not forget the whole persecution complex part of it. He can wave his Paul Revere/Jesus flag again. He NEEDS to scream, "Help, help, I’m being repressed!" else his life has no meaning.

     

    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…

  6. Ryno says:

    Whoosh!

    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…

  7. Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    I think you mean either " Je ne seis faire " or " Je ne seis quoi ". Don’t really remember which one…or even if those are the correct spellings.

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    Game on, brothers and sisters.

  8. GoodRobotUs says:

    October 1st is my Birthday, this could be funny 😉

    I think what is really happening here is that, by being taken to court for the illegal practice of law, Thompson gets to stand up and preach some more, which is all he really wants to do. It’s got to the point where everyone is ignoring him due to his irrelevance, and that is seriously annoying him, there’s nothing more frustrated than a loudmouth who is ignored. This is more in the form of a swansong than a comeback.

  9. Andrew Eisen says:

    Thompson would probably put out a press release making himself out to be a martyr.  Unless he’s nabbed for shoplifting or something.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  10. Monte says:

     Oh dear, you really are in for some fun then… you get to see what Jack is like on the internet, when he thinks no one important is paying attention to him and thus holds nothing back… granted, not sure when that will be as jack doesn’t make it much into the news anymore

  11. JustChris says:

    I consider his "angry mode"  a defense mechanism of sorts, especially if it does deal with topics of sin and holiness. These kinds of people only how to play the righteousness game with the group of people that can be easily convinced/turned over with faith. Jacko is a sore loser because he hasn’t developed a strategy to play the game with people that don’t fit into that group.

    From what I’ve heard of other people’s experiences you can have a normally friendly co-worker completely turn against you at the drop of a hat when you tell her that you are an atheist. If you tell them that you cannot rationally accept their moral philosophy, to them it reads "your whole life is a lie". 

    You didn’t actually say that, and probably do not mean that, but it’s what they hear in their head. Maybe they didn’t expect to get that kind of response from you. They lose it if they don’t have good plan to deal with this situtation.

     

    Zero Dominance

  12. lordlundar says:

    Lessie, he also said in court documents:

    -One attorney was distriputing porn by distributing porn himself

    -He was going to "figuratively" nuke the the florida law building.

    And a personal favorite:

    -Come out of his disiplinary proceeding so unstoppable that no court in the country will stop his crusade.

     

    So, in short, you forgot your sarcasm tags.

  13. Beacon80 says:

    He’d probably waste his one phone call telling GamePolitics that he was being arrested, and had us all right where he wants us.

  14. JDKJ says:

    There’s no making legal sense of that which don’t make no legal sense. But I found the comedy value to be pretty high.  

  15. Andrew Eisen says:

    That was me and anyone who doesn’t believe my summary of the transcripts’ contents can purchase them themselves.  I’d love to post them and back up my claims but I legally can’t.  Sorry about that.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  16. Ryno says:

    By Zeus, how I miss that man. Life has been a lot less entertaining without him. Lucky for me, I recently discovered Top Gear, though when they’re stupid it’s on purpose/for a reason. It doesn’t quite have the same… the French have a term for it… but I don’t know what.

     

    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…

  17. Ryno says:

    Yes it did. Jack said so in a legal document.

     

    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…

  18. Michael Chandra says:

    60 minutes bullshit has been proven wrong by a site visitor who purchased transcripts of both things Jack always brags about. Granted, he isn’t allowed to show the transcripts, but Jack never backed up his claim either.

  19. travelsize says:

    Damn you, Torven!! I was reading this at work and nearly spat my pepsi all over the monitor! Also, damn the original article, which was equally amusing. 🙂

  20. MrHokey says:

    The courts won’t take his filings any more, so he can’t appeal. The only way he can get another day in court is to cause the other side to initiate legal proceedings: hence the taunting of the prosecutor.

  21. Andrew Eisen says:

    "…… all right, someone send me a link about this, because that would be news to everyone here."

    Can’t.  Didn’t happen.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  22. Attack_Gypsy says:

    I’m still waiting for my lawsuit. 2+ years and counting.

     

     

     

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

    ~Me

    Calling an illegal alien an undocumented worker is like calling a crack dealer an unlicensed pharmacist. 

    ~Me

  23. DavCube says:

    "He was “disbarred” by virtue of Bar complaints instigated by the broadcasters of the Howard Stern Show,"

    No you weren’t.

    "The Florida Supreme Court, in violation of the laws of Florida assigned to Thompson’s case a referee from Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit, rather than from the state’s Second Judicial Circuit, where he would have received a fair trial."

    This wasn’t "Thompson v. Florida," it was a disciplinary proceeding. Learn the difference.

    "Thompson intends to resume the practice of law as a member of The Florida Bar on October 1, 2009. He has invited, this day, Mary Ellen Bateman, who prosecutes the “unlicensed practice of law” for The Florida Bar, to get a court order to stop him.  Unless she acts, he’s back in business,"

    Good luck getting THAT to not blow up in your face.

    and the children of this country will have returned to them the lawyerly labors of a man who a) secured the first FCC decency fines in the history of this country, b) the first verdict in world history that a sound recording was obscene, c) forced Time Warner to pull from stores worldwide Ice-T’s “Cop Killer,”"

    …did you just separate the same case into THREE SEPARATE POINTS?

    "d) and forced Take-Two, along with Senator Hillary Clinton to recall all copies worldwide of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which cost Take-Two tens of millions of dollars."
     

    …… all right, someone send me a link about this, because that would be news to everyone here.

  24. hellfire7885 says:

    And as evidenced by the testimony of what he did the an ENTIRE law firm, he will go to any length to cause his opponent to have a breakdown. I think he does it so he can argue that his opponents aren’t being subjective, arguing with emotions and not facts.


  25. Moriarty70 says:

    "When government breaks the laws, there is no law."

    If that’s the case, there’s no need for lawyers, so why is he so eager to get his licence back?

  26. JDKJ says:

    I would not be at all surprised if he did. Matter fact, I’ve been predicting for some time now that sooner or later he’ll face a charge of UPL. In Jack-O’s twisted mind, the rules that everyone else must abide by simply don’t apply to him. Those who think they’re beyond the rules usually end up getting bitten in the ass by those same rules. 

    Moreover, if I have any understanding at all of how Jack-O’s legal retardation works, he’s thinking a Show Cause on a UPL charge will be his opportunity to successfully re-litigate the validity of his disbarment. Notwithstanding that those who are less legally retarded see it only as another opportunity for the Florida Bar to divorce Mr. Thompson from some more of Mrs. Thompson’s money.

  27. VeteranFootman says:

    I believe Jack mistook him for EZK and sent several threats to him and his school or something like that.

  28. Andrew Eisen says:

    Here’s what happened:

    The product was re-rated from M to AO.  Take-Two offered to replace existing copies with a non-Hot Coffee version or supply retailers with AO stickers that they could place on existing product.

    The product was absolutely not recalled.  And why would it be?  There was nothing wrong with it.  Nothing defective, dangerous, or illegal.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  29. Father Time says:

    Because the song’s chorus is still ringing one year later.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsaTElBljOE

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    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  30. Zerodash says:

    Are we even sure Jack is going to start practicing law again as he claims?

    Jack said he was going to…

    – lead a shareholder revolt against TT.

    – get the AG of Utah kicked out of office.

    – file a RICO suit against the ESA.

    – shut down the ECA.

    – have several GP posters arrested by the FBI (still waiting, Jack).

    – start numerous anti-games/speech websites.

    – have Dava Tunis thrown off the bench.

    – file child molestation charges against Strauss Zelinik.

    – assist EA in buying TT.

    – attend and speak at a TT shareholders meeting.

    – get anti-games legislation passed in Utah, Louisiana.

    – assist Obama with the ban of all videogames.

     

     

    The list goes on.  The man-child is as credible as Baghdad Bob.

  31. Father Time says:

    Ok it was pulled from shelves and Rockstar swapped out the games for games without the coffee, at least for retailers, (and invited consumners to do the same). I would call that a recall but you’re right it isn’t the same.

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    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  32. Father Time says:

    I don’t remember that one, if you don’t mind could you remind me what happened?

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    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  33. Father Time says:

    That and he probably would’ve quit his crusade and found another racket a while ago if he really was just in it for money since he hasn’t won a case. Oh and do they pay people who help craft laws (that aren’t working for the government)? If they don’t then that’s a pretty good sign he’s not in it for money.

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    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  34. Andrew Eisen says:

    The ESRB re-rating of San Andreas did not prompt a product recall.  There was no recall.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  35. Father Time says:

    Has it only been a year, it seems like so much longer. Oh and how did Jack force Rockstar to recall Vice City? Was it the haitian controversy, because Jack had nothing to do with it, and it was not a recall. If he means San Andreas (and he most likely does), then it was mostly the ESRB re-rating not Jack.

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    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  36. PHX Corp says:

    I’m already supporting the Idea That He’s going to do somthing stupid and get himself arrested

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

  37. Wormdundee says:

    Haha what? He’s just going to say ‘screw it’ and start practicing law again? That’s a sure way to be heavily fined and/or jailed. I hope he does it.

  38. PHX Corp says:

    I think if the moron plans to be a lawyer without a license, Well I got one thing to say, Don’t do it otherwise. I actually found the rules For unlicensed Practice on the florida bar, I’m going to let you guys decipher the info

    http://www.floridabar.org/divexe/rrtfb.nsf/FV/7125AEB7D6081C5485256BC20046DCE4

    Theres more but If JT returns to practice heres what’ll happen

    http://www.floridabar.org/divexe/rrtfb.nsf/FV/B0CA243573E393AA852574F6007A4B41

     If the person is found in contempt for unlicensed Practice, 5 months in jail and/or a $2500 Fine

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

  39. Zerodash says:

    Yes, but how closely is GP or any other gaming outlet going to find out when he is arrested?  I doubt anyone would be reading the local police blotter every day in his county…or are they?

  40. Zerodash says:

    When Jack gets arrested where will we get a report on whether this happened?  It seems that he provides all his own "news" updates.  ***.

    AE: Let’s not post in that manner but to answer your question, yes, that would most definitely be reported.

  41. djnforce9 says:

    A part of me really wants to see him back in action just for the entertainment value. I had plenty good laughs whenever he appeared on fox news or similar new channels making hilariously flawed arguments about how video games cause school shootings and other misfortunes upon society.

     

    On the other hand, since he has caused real problems though, perhaps he better remain declawed so to speak.

  42. JDKJ says:

    As if Jack Thompson would ever tell the whole truth. The same applies to his bullshit about 2LC and the obscenity ruling. He consistently leaves out the part about "ultimately reversed on appeal." Which, as practical matter, means it never happened. And he merely filed an amicus brief in the matter. I don’t think that qualifies him to lay claim to being the one who secured the ruling.  

  43. Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    Pathetic as always, eh, Mr. Thompson? Using different legal proceedings that don’t/didn’t/have never applied to your case, and using them to get your own way. Again…pathetic as always.

    Happy Anniversary, Mr. Thompson. You reap what you sow.

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    Game on, brothers and sisters.

  44. Neeneko says:

    Does he not need to find a paying customer first?

    Knowing JT, he will sit behind a desk with ‘lawyer’ scrawled on it, twiddle his thumbs for a few weeks, then declare victory.

  45. Neeneko says:

    That matches the general view I have heard from people who have interacted with him when they are NOT in his ‘evil’ spotlight.  Destructiod had a pretty good writeup about it a while back.

    I have gathered that as long as he has not marked the person a sinner or fighting for the wrong side in his holy war, he can be a pretty pleasent person to interact with.  But once one is ‘the enemy’ anything goes.

  46. Andrew Eisen says:

    "secured the first FCC decency fines in the history of this country"

    Oh really?

    "the first verdict in world history that a sound recording was obscene"

    The ruling was overturned and the Supreme Court wouldn’t hear the appeal.  See JDKJ’s response below for an additional factoid.

    "forced Time Warner to pull from stores worldwide Ice-T’s "Cop Killer,""

    Nope. The song was simply removed from the album and the decision was reportedly made by Ice-T himself, not Time Warner.

    "forced Take-Two, along with Senator Hillary Clinton to recall all copies worldwide of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which cost Take-Two tens of millions of dollars."

    Okay, first of all, it was GTA: San Andreas, not Vice City.  Second of all, it was not recalled.  It was rerated.  Retailers had the option of either restickering their existing stock or exchanging it for a Hot Coffee-less version of San Andreas.  That’s it.  No recall.  Period.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  47. Torven says:

    I apologize for the post length but found this gem by Thompson (and forwarded by Bob Hurt, so you know it’s good  ). 

    Just as a quick refresher for those that forgot, the letter that resulted in two US Marshals showing up at his house and required him to be escorted through (though not banned from, if I remember correctly) federal buildings made references to having to do something on the scale of 9/11 in order to get some attention.  Judge Alan Schwartz did not say that permanent disbarment did not exist; he stated that all disbarments should be permanent, and the maximum length of suspension be extended to cover the gap:

    "We thought it unseemly to have formally disbarred lawyers back in the practice of law and sometimes embarrassing the Bar by committing further wrongs. If you are disbarred, you should be disbarred. But that, of course, means that since it is permanent, or would be permanent, it should be reserved for extreme cases.”

    Additionally, Thompson was not allowed to present evidence or appeal the referee’s recommendation because he voluntarily walked out of the disciplinary hearing after not being permitted to read a statement aloud (though he was allowed to submit the statement in writing).

    Finally, the reason Thompson was assigned a referee from his own circuit is because the 11th circuit (by far the largest in the state) handles its own cases as well as those of the 16th.  This isn’t some kind of 11th circuit conspiracy against him, this is the Florida Supreme Court’s written policy on the matter.

     

    John B. Thompson, J.D.
    [Address Removed]

     
    September 13, 2009
     
    The Honorable Federico A. Moreno
    Chief Judge
    400 North Miami Avenue
    Ferguson Federal Courthouse
    Miami, Florida  33128
     
    Dear Chief Judge Moreno:
     
    I wish to extend to you my heartiest thanks for the gift you have so generously given.
     
    You have a) falsely asserted you had nothing to do with two Deputy US Marshals sitting in my living room with my letter to you in their hands, b) arranged to ban me from the federal courthouses, c) refused me public documents and a hearing regarding this banning, d) asserted in your federal disbarment order that there was not even “remotely” the possibility that I was denied either procedural or substantive due process in my state bar proceedings (despite the prohibition that I was not allowed to introduce any evidence at my trial, my constitutional defenses were not ruled upon, my Referee was bribed,  I was ordered not to speak at my sanctions hearing, and I was not allowed to file a Petition for Review of the Referee’s Report), e) found, as a factual finding in your disbarment order, that my Christian faith played no role whatsoever in my bar discipline (despite the fact that The Bar’s own mental health findings, by its experts, say otherwise), f) found that my permanent disbarment was an appropriate sanction, despite the fact that such a sanction, per Third District Court of Appeal Judge Alan Schwartz, does not even exist in Florida, g) failed to refer this disciplinary matter to the Ad Hoc Grievance Committee, as our Local Rules provide, having refused to answer, for weeks, my question as to whether the Committee had the matter, which I discovered only when its Chair told me you had failed to refer it to them, h) panicked when you got Judge Martinez’ disqualification order on September 11 and then entered your disbarment order, in direct contravention of his order and in violation of the case authorities he cited, foolishly revealing you did this after his disqualification by noting that case was now assigned to “Huck,” i) refused me access to timely review of my own federal disciplinary file, j) violated our Local Rules as to my entitlement to an evidentiary hearing as to my federal discipline, and k) without listing even more of your judicial misconduct, have given me a Bivens civil rights cause of action against you and the US Marshal for your retaliation against me for writing you a letter complaining about judicial misconduct on your watch down here.
     
    As a result of all this serial screw-up by you, I now get to go to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals with an appeal of your goofy order and prove that this District Court’s Chief Judge is more interested in the Fighting Irish football team than in the United States Constitution.  My condolences for that last-second loss in Ann Arbor yesterday, by the way.  Where is the wake, for the Irish, not for the Bill of Rights?
     
    I also now, thanks to you, get to prove to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals that indeed, under the US Supreme Court’s ruling in In re Ruffalo, I am entitled to a full-blown de novo proceeding as to the inappropriateness of my state disbarment, in light of the plethora of due process violations therein.  It is humorous, really, that in your reciprocal disbarment order you hauled out the Selling case, which was decided in 1917 one year after Knute Rockne became Notre Dame’s football coach, rather than In re Ruffalo, which is the US Supreme Court standard that shows how thoroughly you have botched this reciprocal discipline thing. 
     
    I shall win this fight not for George Gipp but for all other lawyers in this state’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit, who are the only lawyers in the state who get tried in Bar disciplinary matters by judges from this same Circuit.  There’s your fatal due process deprivation right there, all by itself, Judge.  I sent you the smoking gun Bar document that proves it.  You couldn’t have cared less.
     
    Your fellow judge up the road, The Honorable William Zloch, said something very funny the other day and unintentionally so.  He did so in the midst of threatening a lawyer with disbarment who filed a disqualification motion backed by an expert’s affidavit.  He said, “I would like to know how the federal judiciary, the Southern District, gets back its good name…” 
     
    Here’s the short answer:  What good name?  The longer answer: When berobed prevaricating tyrants like you, who preside over and further pollute this festering judicial swamp, are exposed in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for who you are and what you do to imperil “judicial independence” and our freedoms by your antics.  There is a reason why Americans distrust federal judges:  people like you.
     
    All you had to do, Federico, was refer this reciprocal disciplinary matter to the Ad Hoc Grievance Committee, and that would have completely insulated you from all of this and what is now about to happen.
     
    But, no, you had to be the 800-pound gorilla who showed every lawyer in the Southern District who was large and in charge.  In the name of “decorum” (see recent DBR article about you) you feel you can shred the Bill of Rights, you can violate 18 USC 242 by placing a nonconformist lawyer on a “terrorists watch list” and then lie about it, and in doing all this prove the prescience of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas’ warning in Lathrop v. Donohue that integrated state bars would become “goose-stepping brigades” running over people like me.  Douglas knew judicial thugs just like you.  The judicial trains surely do run on time down here, but the tracks take you right over the cliff.
     
    Winston Churchill, who rallied a nation and the world to fight people with intolerant minds like yours, was once asked, “What is the hardest thing about painting a picture?”  His answer:  “Knowing when to stop.”
     
    In football, as you should know, there is a move called a lateral.  You should have lateraled this reciprocal discipline ball to the Ad Hoc Committee.  But you didn’t know when to stop and let the very entity run with the ball that our Local Rules designate as the proper recipient of a lateral.
     
    So, with my deepest gratitude, I note that I never pray, “God, give me more allies.”  I just pray, “God, give me more foolish enemies.”
     
    You have answered that prayer.  Thank you!  And thank you, Jesus, “As all things work to the good for those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28.
     
    Sincerely, Jack

     

    p.s.  I believe this is now the second time Thompson has publicly accused a judge of taking a bribe without providing any supporting evidence.

  48. olstar18 says:

    We can still celebrate his disbarrment. I personally am about to go climb the tallest building in town (3 stories, small town aint it) and throw a bunch "have you seen my bar membership card" flyers to the wind.

  49. GamesLaw says:

    This is what he does Icehawk. He knows that if he words it like that, the Bar will not preemptively initiate any court orders to stop him (it doesn’t need to. He is barred from the practice.) So, then he can point out and say "Look! They didn’t stop me!"

    — Dan "SWATJester" Rosenthal; Executive Director, http://www.gameslaw.net

  50. olstar18 says:

    Unfortunately I think he honestly thinks he is doing the right thing and not for profit. If he was just after money he would have been calmer and more reserved in his attacks.

  51. magic_taco says:

    Out of my opinon(just based on my opinon,no one has to actually agree or disagree);Jack only gives a shit about money and money only. 

  52. Icehawk says:

    Already a year.  Gods below where has the time gone?  I can still remember jackies daily rants here (well not here, 2 sites ago) and now we have going to celebrate the aniversary of his disbarment. Its kind of harsh to celebrates such a thing I know but jackie deserves that little something extra. 

    As for his returning to law.  Doubtful.  Note however that he quickly reverted to type:

    Thompson intends to resume the practice of law as a member of The Florida Bar on October 1, 2009. He has invited, this day, Mary Ellen Bateman, who prosecutes the “unlicensed practice of law” for The Florida Bar, to get a court order to stop him.

    Which was typical of a threat of his from days gone by.  (you have until x time or x date then I will do this blah blah).

    Somehow though I doubt he will be able to bring us the humor that he used to. 

  53. Beacon80 says:

    If Thompson really wanted to get his law license back, he should start by actually acknowledging he did something wrong.

    Now, just to prove… again… that he’s a lying sack of scum, let’s go over his 4 points:

    a) I quick google serach found me a list of FCC Indecency Fines (unless he’s claiming he got the FCC to fine people for being decent).  The first fine on the list is a 1970 case involving the Grateful Dead.  There might be earlier ones not on the list, I’m not sure, but regardless, that’s 9 years before Howard Stern got his first show.

    b) This one was harder to verify, but considering there have been laws about swearing and foul language for longer than sound recording has existed, this is probably a technicality at best.

    c) Did a wikipedia search on this one.  Lot’s of names mentioned (including then president George Bush, sr.) but not Jack Thompson’s.  Sounds like most of the credit goes to an organization called CLEAT.

    d) The moment it came out that "Hot Coffee" was not user-made content, the proceedings were inevitable.  Take-Two would probably have recalled the game even without the ESRB’s threat to re-rate it.  And despite Jack’s delusions, the ESRB didn’t need anybody leaning on them to do that.

  54. Dan says:

    As he showed at SGC, Jack can be polite, and even charming when he wishes. (Of course, he was being paid to make that appearance). It goes without saying, if he showed as much restraint during, and running up to his disbarment trial, things might have gone better for him.

    —— Ago. Perceptum. Teneo.

  55. Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    I would like to ask for this anniversary that Jack´s ban on GP should be halted just for today so we can get some laughs from him.

    Seriously, Jack. Your threats are empty as always. "Cop Killer" and "60 minutes" again? Get over it, that thing has like 10 years old or more, and only idiots keep counting old triumphs as they still mean something today.

    You fail at life. Hardcore Fail.

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  56. ezbiker555 says:

    One year ago on this day I was sitting with my tutor when we saw him getting disbarred on here. It was a few days after he had tried to file a lawsuit against me (for giving him my opinion in a non threating, non offending manner. You guys remeber that right?)

    Today I was sitting down with the same tutor and working on a eassay when we saw this article. That brought out a good laugh for both of us.

    @ John Bruce

    If you’re still here, Jack, reading these, than I hope your reading this comment. You got what you deserved especially after the hell you put me through.

     

     

  57. magic_taco says:

    Really Petey?

    Cause theres going to probably be that one day were he’ll love to stab you in the back to serve his selfish agenda,insult you, spit in your face & all that jazz all in the name of his "crusade."

     

    But it was nice taking to you.

      

  58. hellfire7885 says:

    Good, I want hi mto try it, it’ll land his ass in pison for fraud, which is long overdue.

    Also, there was NEVER a recall on Vice City, and one can still get ahold of copies of Cop Killer. I listened to the song not long ago for free on the internet.

    In short, he’s NEVER won a case and never will. Howard Stern is still o nthe air, Cop Killer is avaialble t oany who want to sample it, and Take Two can continue to produce games unhindered. It’s over for him.


  59. gamepolitics says:

    I dealt with Jack years ago and actually found him to be relatively pleasant. But that was a long time ago.

    Que sera sera,

    Pete


  60. nighstalker160 says:

    So his plan is to simply start practicing law again? Wow, can you say "Criminal Impersonation of a Lawyer?"

    Newsflash Jack, you need to actually make an appeal and "conspiracy" tends to not be a valid grounds.

    Go ahead Jack, open up an office. You’ll do great in jail.

  61. magic_taco says:

    Took the words right out of my mouth.

    People like Dennis and the rest of you site users that i praise for sticking to your guns and dealing with childish idiots like him in a mature & responsible manner.

    I envy ya for that and im doing my best to do the same.

  62. Zerodash says:

    Given that this is the first story that he ran about Jack "not a lawyer" Thompson, you can bet the little slimeball is going to start the harrassment.  He’s probably writing the first salvo of "you’re going to jail because I called the FBI" emails right now.

  63. Dan says:

    Considering Mr. Thompson often made personal attacks on Dennis’ integrity, yet still left him on the mailing list for his "press releases", I wonder what his relationship with the new editor guy will be like.

    —— Ago. Perceptum. Teneo.

  64. Erik says:

    One of these days DarkSaber is going to run across a Christian who will treat him well and with an even temper regardless of how DarkSaber treats him/her.  And it will eat DarkSaber alive!

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

  65. Father Time says:

    We are not a democracy, we are a republic that means we abide by constiutions that limit what kind of laws the government (and thus the majority) can make. The idea that a law that the majority likes can be ruled unconstiutional and thrown out was not invented by that judge, nor is it new (not by a long shot). However the proponents of prop 8 acted like the judge abused power, and kept throwing around their activisit judges line, even though the judge was Republican.

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  66. Monte says:

    i grew up in central Long island… east of queens, but west of the rich part… not saying there wasn’t any crime or bullying, but i can say i did not witness or hear much of it myself… granted, got some verbal taunting in elementary school, though by middle school that was over with.

    And i’m not sure if having a big school district helps are hurts the point… afterall, no way you can keep track of what’s going on in every other part of the school when it’s huge… never ever being in the wrong place at the wrong time and all that… though i do recall the security at our school seemed somewhat relaxed during the day; usually older guys that didn’t seem like they could do much (though their were younger guards for when school was out)

  67. Beacon80 says:

    I agree with you completely.  Just about every church I went to, back when I practiced Christianity, was run by good people.  Hell, when I was around 10, the church’s organ player gave me piano lessons.  He was openly gay.

  68. Father Time says:

    I’d agree expect I’d like to add one little addition.

    Self-proclaimed men of God does not mean any priest/bishop/whatever, but rather someone who isn’t in such a position but still claims to be man of God anyway. Priests and the like can still not practice what they preach.

    I wanted to add that because I knew several priests and they were all very nice people, last I heard one of them is volunteering to help out troubled kids or something like that. Now there’s a true man of God.

    Oh and I’m an atheist.

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  69. Carda says:

    For what it’s worth, the main point behind California’s Prop 8 was not, as many people on both sides of the argument claimed, specifically directed at gay marriage.  Proposition 8 came into being because a small group of judges effectively overruled a majority vote (and in California, that’s a LOT of voters) on a law that had the exact same effect.  If those judges had allowed the will of the majority to remain law (and isn’t that the point of the democratic process?) then Prop 8 never would have been necessary.

    On another note, you have to realize that many people around the world consider themselves to be Christians even if they don’t necessarily profess the faith.  Not to mention, Christians are just as human as everyone else.  We have our failings too.  Does that excuse our behavior?  Of course not.  But it’s still a disappointment and an embarassment for the rest of us when someone as vocal as Jack Thompson claims to do the things he does in God’s name.  He acts as though he speaks on behalf of the American Christian community, when in truth he does no such thing.

    It’s sad to see the faith I profess be denounced as a bunch of Bible-thumping bigots who spend more time trying to guilt-trip others into heaven than anything…  It’s even sadder to realize that in many cases, it’s completely true.  I simply do my best to avoid hypocrisy whenever I can.

  70. chadachada321 says:

    I witnessed essentially no bullying throughout all of middle school and high school, and almost no real crime. (Sure, I’ve TP’d houses and spray painted things and broken into abandoned buildings, but very few assaults/robberies/etc around my town). Granted, my high school was in White Lake (no joke), but I truly never saw much real bullying, ever. And never nearly as bad as it is in movies.

    My township (and surrounding townships) are mostly catholic (catholic in name, for most don’t go to church often and don’t practice the real religion), and also have a lot of athiests. So I can say that most "christians" that I know are pretty nice and tolerant, but the realllyy religious ones that I know are very intolerant. I only started meeting the crazies starting around my sophomore year, in the parents of some girls that I’ve dated. And boyyy were they crazy.

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  71. Neeneko says:

    Most ‘man of god’ people who are actually good people do not go around calling themselves ‘man of god’.

    I think that is part of the point.  The people who wear their godliness on their sleeves like JT do are rarely good people.  This is separate from people who are simply devout Christians.

    I was going to write a long paragraph at how religious communities in the US tend to burry crime or shame victims into not making them look bad.. but not sure it would have been worth it. the short answer… low crime visibility is not always a good sign, esp in religious communities that have strong concepts of good, evil, and shame.

  72. nightwng2000 says:

    While you and I know that there ARE individuals of varying specific beliefs within both the religious and non-religious communities, let us not forget that:

    Those winning the votes on various issues such as the Rights of individuals based on sexuality, and other such issues, are claiming that THEY are the "majority" because Christians, as a whole are a "majority" and, therefore, everyone who is Christian believes exactly what they believe.  In other words, if the "bad" Christians win at something that you don’t agree with, you’ve had your vote hijacked so that they could represent the whole of the Christian community as agreeing with their stance.

    If, however, and this is the sticky point, the "bad" Christians are winning these various votes over everyone else (whether they are the "good" Christians or other religious or non-religious groups), then where IS that bit of most Christians are "good" really at?  Because, if most Christians ARE good, why aren’t they winning those votes on the various issues that the "bad" Christians winning?

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  73. Beacon80 says:

    I think it’s important here that we make the distinction between a man of God and a self-proclaimed "man of God".   Most people who loudly proclaim to be a man of God fail to follow Christian teachings.  They’re the loud ones who make a bad name for Christians in general.

    True men of God are few and far between.

    FYI, I’m agnostic myself.

  74. DarkSaber says:

    lol, phallus.

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  75. DarkSaber says:

    You got it.

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  76. olstar18 says:

    No that is what most people call a counter to your argument. Or are anti-religious people the only ones allowed to say anything counter to anything.

  77. Valdearg says:

    Unfortunately, Beacon, DS is right, with regards to self proported "Men Of God." The ones who claim to be, and who are the quickest to affirm thier faith in God when presented with a conflict are generally the same ones who don’t practice what they preach.

    That, along with the fact that I cannot logically believe in an all powerful, invisible being, is what turned me off from not only Christianity, but Religion in General. I see more hate and vitriol spewing from people who claim to be Christian than people who aren’t spiritual or religious.

    Until people can stop using religion as a basis to hate on a group of people they disagree with, it will always be that way. I mean, Look at how offensive and hateful the Religious attacks on Gay Marriage were in California, and now Maine. "Gay marriage will destroy the world as we know it! Gays can not be allowed to Wed! It is an affront to God Almighty!!" Things like that are why so many believe that Christianity is a hate filled religion.

    If those who practiced christianity would just butt out and let those who don’t believe the same way live thier lives the way they want, then there wouldn’t be this line of thought. However, I think you and I both know that hardcore Christian’s can’t keep thier holier-than-thou noses out of other people’s business.

     

  78. DarkSaber says:

    Shut up, I was talking about him witnessing little to no crime and bullying. For that to be the case he had to either grow up in Stepford or Sandford.

    Incidently, aren’t you trying to shove a belief down my throat right now? The belief that there is such a thing as a GOOD christian?

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  79. Beacon80 says:

    For the last time, DarkSaber, there are good Christians out there.  Most Christians are good people, and some of the best people I’ve ever met are Christians (I’ve met pastors and deans who, if you told them you were gay, would just say "good for you" and not judge you for an instant).  You just don’t notice this, because being good Christians, they practice some degree of humility, and are therefore much quieter than the bad Christians trying to shove their beliefs down everybody’s throats.

  80. DarkSaber says:

    Where the hell did you grow up, Stepford?

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  81. Monte says:

    Nearly every "man of god" i’ve known were damn good people…

    granted, where i grew up, i heard very little of crime as well and never even witnessed much of any bullying in school (and it was a big district)… so maybe it’s just where you lived

  82. Vengful_Soldier says:

    I wonder if Glenn Beck and Jack Thomspon will join forces against Obama? That would be the dumbest day in history next to Hitler invading Russia.

  83. PHX Corp says:

    I predict that before the end of Next month Jack "The moron in miami" thompson will be in Jail after threatening Judges and doing unlicesensed Practice of law

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

  84. TheEggplant says:


    This reminds me of the “Fishsticks” episode of South Park for so many many reasons.

    But really mental illness is no laughing matter. I’m super duper serial.

     

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  85. Vake Xeacons says:

    Not at all. Two words:

    Thats Jack!

    Happy Anniversary, Jack! Heres to another great year of listening to your hallarious shout-outs from the sidelines, without worrying about anyone taking you seriously!

  86. DarkSaber says:

    Thank you kind sir.

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  87. Father Time says:

    I’m too young to drink, you got any soda?

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  88. Zerodash says:

    The vast majority of the "men of god" I have know have been wife-beaters, adulterers, racists, gay-haters (every single one I’ve met), sexually flawed (pedophiles, porn-addicted), or just plain stupid (creationists).  Jack is actually more of the rule than the exception of a devout god-fearing man. 

  89. DarkSaber says:

    Obviosuly you;ve never encountered many ‘men of god’.

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  90. magic_taco says:

    If he gets it back…I hope the world gets to see you for what you really are.

     

    One part of me wants thompson to get back on this site.

    No real "man of god " would post irrelevant documents(such as those "press releases"),racist comments,degretory language,threaten others love ones or throw immaturish,childish behavior such as insulting gamer dad and gaming lawyer MM or at other site users.

     

     

  91. DarkSaber says:

    Can I get a roflcopter?

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  92. magic_taco says:

    Nope, I mean i have respect for people of different religons, It’s just people like him are a mockery of it.

    One part of me hope’s he can get his liscense back;that and see the various people he "touched" like dennis,the utah AG, and the various people he "defeated" rip him apart in court.

  93. BearDogg-X says:

    I see that the Metropolitian Moron of Miami hasn’t stopped looking for loopholes and hasn’t stopped lying about everything. No surprise there.

    Unforunately for the brain-dead idiot, he did get a fair trial, and his actions during that trial and the actions that led to the trial spoke louder than words.

    The "man" should have learned his lesson: If he had practiced what he preached about growing up and getting a life, he wouldn’t have been disbarred like he is now, and will be forever.

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


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  94. Valdearg says:

    GP ought to pull up the links to the old GP reporting and the case transcripts of Jacko’s debarrment hearings. I could use a laugh.

  95. magic_taco says:

    Really…I doubt a venomous snake like you(JT) could ever get your legal liscense back.

    But it really makes me happy that people like us saw that day.

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