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Jack Thompson has been disbarred

Jack Thompson has been disbarred

Jack Thompson has now been disbarred and forced to play $43,675 in legal fees.

They say that for each and every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction and we're betting that this particular piece of news is the positive reaction to last week's evil when Uwe Boll announced he was making a computer game.

Jack Thompson, thorn in the side of violent video game makers everywhere, has been disbarred by the Florida Bar and forced to pay $43,675.35 in legal fees to the court.

The judgement is the result of a hearing in which Thompson was accused of abusing the legal system and 27 counts of misconduct in his attempts to punish developers of violent video games. Thompson has attributed everything from crime rates to the Virginia Tech shootings in his complaints.

According to the court report, Thompson's disbarment will come into effect in 30 days, giving the lawyer time to close his current practice.

"The Court approves the corrected referee's report and John Bruce Thompson is permanently disbarred, effective thirty days from the date of this order so that respondent can close out his practice and protect the interests of existing clients. If respondent notifies the Court in writing that he is no longer practising and does not need the thirty days to protect existing clients, this Court will enter an order making the permanent disbarment effective immediately. Respondent shall accept no new business from the date this order is filed," said the court report according to Kotaku.

Thompson may not be out just yet however as he still has a chance for retrial if the motion can be filed by another member of the Florida Bar who is considered to be in good standing with the court.

In an effort to give Thompson a chance to present his side of the argument, we contacted him for comment and received in reply two Microsoft Word documents, as well as a 45-page .PDF file. The first item is a press release from Thompson which we have attached below, while the second Word document is an emergency plead to stay the Florida Supreme Court's disbarment of Thompson.

The .PDF meanwhile details a third legal suit which Thompson had previously pursued against the Florida bar and which Thompson suspects is the real reason that he is being disbarred. It is Thompson's belief that the case he was alleging threatened the Supreme Court so much that has been disbarred so that the case, titled 'Complaint for declaratory relief, injunctive relief and for compensatory and punitive damages', can not be completed. The case names several Chief Justices, as well as a other members of the Florida bar as defendants including Judge Dava Tunis, who was the Judge presiding over Thompson's disbarment.

The complaint that Thompson is filing states that the purpose of his complaint is "not to thwart the Supreme Court's legitimate goal of providing quality, ethical legal services." Thompson instead says that lawyer regulation in Florida has gotten off the tracks and that he is trying to correct it for the sake of the public.

Happy that Jack Thompson may finally be on the way out, or were you in support of him the whole time? Let us know your thoughts in the forums. Attached below is Thompson's press release.


Immediate News Release – Sept. 25, 2008: Miami Attorney Jack Thompson Disbarred by Florida Supreme Court
Miami attorney Jack Thompson, nationally and internationally known by virtue of his effective and successful opposition over the last 20 years to the broadcast, marketing, and sale of adult-rated entertainment to children, has just been informed by the Florida Supreme Court that he has been disbarred from the practice of law today.

This disbarment is in retaliation, among other things, for Thompson’s Tyndale House book Out of Harm’s Way, published in 2005, which blew the whistle on the Florida Supreme Court’s earlier efforts in the 1990’s to literally pathologize his faith-based and successful activism against the American entertainment industry. The Florida Bar’s insurance carrier was forced to pay Thompson money damages for that earlier assault upon his First Amendment rights, which is the only known payment of damages by any state bar to any lawyer for improper disciplinary efforts. It appears that the State of Florida will be paying Thompson more damages this time around for its illegal, now repeated, use of “discipline” to punish a Christian lawyer for his activism in the public square.

The timing of this disbarment transparently reveals its motivation: This past Friday Thompson filed a federal civil rights action against The Bar, the Supreme Court, and all seven of its Justices. This rush to disbarment is in retribution for the filing of that federal suit. With enemies this foolish, Thompson needs only the loyal friends he has.

Thompson looks forward to successfully litigating his federal claims, now before US District Court Judge Marcia Cooke in the Southern District of Florida.

Thompson always wanted to own a Bar. Now, armed with multiple US Supreme Court rulings that no state bar can do what it has done to Thompson, he is set to own that Bar.

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Gh0stDrag0n 26th September 2008, 09:42 Quote
Sounds like Jack spends a little too much time in a bar.
Arkanrais 26th September 2008, 09:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by jacko
... blah blah blah his faith-based and successful activism blah blah blah...
what does that even mean? faith-based is just another way of saying 'we don't have any evidence, so we're just gonna make sh!t up'.
konsta 26th September 2008, 09:51 Quote
whack-job
ChaosDefinesOrder 26th September 2008, 09:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Arkanrais
owned
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... bla blag blah his faith-based and successful activism blah blah blah...
what does that even mean? faith-based is just another way of saying 'we don't have any evidence, so we're just gonna make sh!t up'.

by "faith based" he probably means "they're descriminating against me because I'm Christian" which is just stupid

What amuses me is the "successful activism" - how exactly has he been successful? all he's managed to do is get himself disbarred... hardly successful...
Gh0stDrag0n 26th September 2008, 09:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Arkanrais
owned
Quote:
Originally Posted by jacko
... blah blah blah his faith-based and successful activism blah blah blah...
what does that even mean? faith-based is just another way of saying 'we don't have any evidence, so we're just gonna make sh!t up'.

I think Jack is attempting to regain the soul he lost when he became a lawer by attacking the evil "satanic" PC gaming industry.
Woodstock 26th September 2008, 10:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
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Originally Posted by Arkanrais
owned
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... bla blag blah his faith-based and successful activism blah blah blah...
what does that even mean? faith-based is just another way of saying 'we don't have any evidence, so we're just gonna make sh!t up'.

by "faith based" he probably means "they're descriminating against me because I'm Christian" which is just stupid

What amuses me is the "successful activism" - how exactly has he been successful? all he's managed to do is get himself disbarred... hardly successful...

he sucessfully make a joke out of himself
airchie 26th September 2008, 10:10 Quote
pwned.

Not like we didn't see it coming tbh.
I'm gonna miss him.
He was good for raising the issues surrounding PC games etc so we could completely refute them to all the idiots who actually believed the sh*t he was shovelling... :D
p3n 26th September 2008, 10:15 Quote
Love the fact hes already put forward a case for his appeal (himself) even though he was told only another member of the Florida bar could do it on his behalf - Jail time please mr. Florida bar then the equilibrium will be reset!
Neoki 26th September 2008, 10:31 Quote
Just noticed a typo under the picture

"Jack Thompson has now been disbarred and forced to play $43,675 in legal fees. "

Should that be
"Jack Thompson has now been disbarred and forced to PAY $43,675 in legal fees.
mmorgue 26th September 2008, 10:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Arkanrais
owned

what does that even mean? faith-based is just another way of saying 'we don't have any evidence, so we're just gonna make sh!t up'.

Eaxctly! Absolute f-ing bollox!
Dreaming 26th September 2008, 10:33 Quote
lol.
Delphium 26th September 2008, 10:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Neoki
Just noticed a typo under the picture... snip
Think its was intended as a pun ;)

As for Jack, I have 1 thing to say to him... Grap a napkin homie, cos you just got served!
Woodstock 26th September 2008, 11:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Delphium
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neoki
Just noticed a typo under the picture... snip
Think its was intended as a pun ;)

As for Jack, I have 1 thing to say to him... Grap a napkin homie, cos you just got served!

even if it wasnt intended it should stay
Xtrafresh 26th September 2008, 11:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by press release

With enemies this foolish, Thompson needs only the loyal friends he has.
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oh man. Sorry. Nobody in the office here understands why i just laughed so hard.
Wow. Just wow.
Yemerich 26th September 2008, 12:15 Quote
Geez! Now with all the free time, what will Jack do with it?

Play video games of course! :D

BTW, what is this BAR i keep reading in the article?
Mister_X 26th September 2008, 12:20 Quote
oh my, what good news, Let this day forever more be rejoiced.
RTT 26th September 2008, 12:53 Quote
I have sent him an email expressing my delight at this news :D
Apocalypso 26th September 2008, 14:03 Quote
Even so, it's still sad it had to get to this stage, if only he just stuck to trying to get retailers the powers to stop selling to minors, parents etc etc.

Reap what you sow and all that.
Bluephoenix 26th September 2008, 14:25 Quote
the florida judicial system is just fine, thanks.

as for his disbarment, good riddance, DO let the door (hopefully a heavy one) hit you on the way out. (maybe a falling piano as well)
Techno-Dann 26th September 2008, 15:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yemerich
BTW, what is this BAR i keep reading in the article?

In America, at least, there are two different places called bars - both drinking establishments and the area of a courtroom where the lawyers stand to present their cases from. Thus, lawyers who specialize in trial procedure are also known as barristers (it's an archaic term at this point), they're members of the American Bar Association, and getting "disbarred" means that the court dislikes Jack Thompson so much that they simply don't want to hear any more of his idiotic ramblings, and banned him from practicing law.

I suspect the last paragraph of Jack's press release was an attempt at making a joke - he always wanted to own a bar (a drinking establishment), and now that he's been disbarred (banned from practicing law), he's set up to own (pwn) the bar (Florida state court system).

...yeah. I've read better jokes.

P.S.: The only thing that scares Chuck Norris is Jack Thompson's stupidity.
Cptn-Inafinus 26th September 2008, 16:09 Quote
Well.

Now he is out of the way, who will be next?
Nexxo 26th September 2008, 16:53 Quote
"Ding-dong, the witch is dead..."
Cthippo 26th September 2008, 18:46 Quote
Wonder if he'll get his own talk show now. That's usually what you do when you're publically humiliated for being stupid and bigoted in the US.
Garbach 26th September 2008, 23:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cthippo
Wonder if he'll get his own talk show now. That's usually what you do when you're publically humiliated for being stupid and bigoted in the US.

Yeah, either that or become the president.....
sub routine 27th September 2008, 16:52 Quote
well that cheered me up a bit...(working all weekend)

HAHA :D
DXR_13KE 28th September 2008, 20:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
"Ding-dong, the witch is dead..."

DAMIT i was going to post that....

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"Ding-Dong! The Wicked Lawyer Is Dead"
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