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Supreme Court: Thompson must show cause

Supreme Court: Thompson must show cause

Jack Thompson has been ordered to show cause for his numerous court cases by the Florida Supreme Court.

Jack Thompson has been told by the Florida Supreme Court that he must show just cause to explain why he has submitted numerous filings which the court deems as "frivolous and inappropriate", according to a report from Game Politics.

In a post on the site, which was apparently passed on to the editorial team by Jack Thompson himself, it has been revealed that the Supreme Court of Florida has passed the following Show Cause Order:

"It appears to the Court that you have abused the legal system by submitting numerous frivolous and inappropriate filings in this Court. Therefore, it is ordered that you shall show cause on or before March 5, 2008, why this Court should not find that you have abused the legal system process and impose upon you a sanction for abusing the legal system, including, but not limited to directing the Clerk of this Court to reject for filing any future pleadings, petitions, motions, letters, documents, or other filings submitted to this Court by you unless signed by a member of The Florida Bar other than yourself."

Jack Thompson was unavailable to comment further on the order and didn't link to the full text. However, in the original email he has claimed that;

"This is the single greatest gift that any court has ever given me in my 31 years of practicing law. I shall now, through a new federal lawsuit, deconstruct The Florida Bar…Thank you, Supremes! You have given me the weapons I need."

Meanwhile, Florida attorney Norm Kent, an old adversary of Thompson, told Game Politics his view of the order.

"This is game, set, match for Mr. Thompson. The Supreme Court gave him a warning last April. Now he is going to be barred from even arguing or pleading his own case. And once the Supreme Court does this, other jurisdictions will follow suit. Looks like his only venue will be Fox News and gaming site blogs."

Thompson has remained a very public thorn in the side of many developers over the years and, although many gamers agree with his message of making inappropriate content inaccessible to young gamers, his outrageous claims have often made him a target for the gaming community.

How do you feel about Jack Thompson and how do you think this case will end? Let us know in the forums.

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C-Sniper 22nd February 2008, 14:00 Quote
Proof of senile old people in my home state.
"Florida, Where old people come to die"
cjoyce1980 22nd February 2008, 14:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by C-Sniper
Proof of senile old people in my home state.
"Florida, Where old people come to die"

LOL!
naokaji 22nd February 2008, 14:26 Quote
its Thompson, so I can only say one thing, he deserves it.
proxess 22nd February 2008, 14:28 Quote
I honestly think that... he should start getting some dental care! Either that or keep his mouth shut forever! I mean just look at that picture... all you can see is yellow!
UncertainGod 22nd February 2008, 14:30 Quote
This could turn out very well, about time.
p3n 22nd February 2008, 14:46 Quote
Do they have the death penatly in Florida? hohoho
Bluephoenix 22nd February 2008, 14:58 Quote
"well, there's the wood and pitch, he's given us the rope himself, now who has the lighter?"

-anonymous, circa 1850



applies extemely well in this case
Arkanrais 22nd February 2008, 15:04 Quote
one word: booyah!
C-Sniper 22nd February 2008, 15:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by p3n
Do they have the death penatly in Florida? hohoho

why yes we do, although we probably do not use it enough.
wolff000 22nd February 2008, 16:11 Quote
About damn time. He has made a mockery of the legal system for far to long. I really hope this leads to him being disbarred. This man should never be allowed to practice law in Florida or anywhere else.
Tomm 22nd February 2008, 16:16 Quote
I'm not quite sure what point he's making by pissing off the judges. Surely his work as a lawyer will end there and he'll have no voice? Maybe he wants to make himself a martyr for whatever cause he's championing. Idiot.
pendragon 22nd February 2008, 17:27 Quote
good riddance, knucklehead
Rocket733 22nd February 2008, 17:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tomm
I'm not quite sure what point he's making by pissing off the judges. Surely his work as a lawyer will end there and he'll have no voice? Maybe he wants to make himself a martyr for whatever cause he's championing. Idiot.

I serious doubt he has much work as a lawyer. I imagine even if he is disbarred he'll use that to some way justify how video games are evil . If only tv stations would stop having them on their shows and newspapers stop publishing his "news" then maybe he'd just go away.
sub routine 22nd February 2008, 18:01 Quote
OMG those eyes.......
Breach 22nd February 2008, 18:08 Quote
Honestly, this audit of his practices should have been looked at years ago. Not ONCE has he ever proven a case in all his years of costing game developers thousands of dollars defending themselves. Sorry Jack, gaming does not = mass murderer training camp. Maybe, just maybe, people should be held personally responsible for their actions?
Icy EyeG 22nd February 2008, 20:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by sub routine
OMG those eyes.......

OMG those teeth..... :D
MonkeyNutZ 22nd February 2008, 20:25 Quote
OWNED!

Now it's time to sue the supreme court...
airchie 22nd February 2008, 21:58 Quote
That pic is scary.
Reminds me of the evil dude in Roger Rabbit.

Either that or the headless horseman (after he gets his head back) from Sleepy Hollow. :D
DXR_13KE 23rd February 2008, 00:56 Quote
http://www.bit-tech.net/news_images/2008/02/florida_court_thompson_must_show_cause/article_img.jpg

now that's a face only a mother would like...... on second thought i think her mother hit the doctor when he was born.... being so ugly and all.....
DarkLord7854 23rd February 2008, 02:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by C-Sniper
why yes we do, although we probably do not use it enough.

Sadly so..
sub routine 23rd February 2008, 08:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by airchie
That pic is scary.
Reminds me of the evil dude in Roger Rabbit.

Either that or the headless horseman (after he gets his head back) from Sleepy Hollow. :D

The nutty professor at the end of the wizard of Oz!!
Motivator 23rd February 2008, 22:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by p3n
Do they have the death penatly in Florida? hohoho

unfortunately, this isn't a capital offense. As such, it doesn't qualify for the death penalty. There are always vigilantes, however.
mikeuk2004 24th February 2008, 00:19 Quote
Whats with the personal insults regarding his appearence. Not everyone has perfect white teeth.

On subject, Finaly and end to his reign of terror. Will this be it from him now? or will he still hit the headlines of gaming sites for more years to come ?
completemadness 24th February 2008, 03:07 Quote
its a bit sad really, this is probably the end of his livelihood

I may not like what he has been doing, his campaign may have been freaking retarded, but this could ruin his life for something he probably thought was a good cause
Hydra 24th February 2008, 03:44 Quote
http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/7272/articleimgsl7.jpg

I think Jack Thompson is losing his credibility. People just aren't really listening to him anymore.

I honestly don't see him as a threat to the gaming industry at all.
jfab199+ 7th April 2008, 00:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by C-Sniper
Proof of senile old people in my home state.
"Florida, Where old people come to die"

As a former resident amen. And god they shouldn't be allowed to drive.
benjamyn 7th April 2008, 00:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hydra
http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/7272/articleimgsl7.jpg

I think Jack Thompson is losing his credibility. People just aren't really listening to him anymore.

What are you on about?
He never had credibility and no-one ever listened to him! :)
Apocalypso 22nd April 2008, 15:03 Quote
I think it's a shame that it had to come to this, the man obviously had the strength of his convictions to keep fighting for what he believed in for so long.

Sadly he didn't use his powers for the good of everyone.
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