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Jack Thompson disbarred - and gamers rejoice

Post by Lealla » Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:40 pm

http://kotaku.com/5054772/jack-thompson-disbarred

Yes, it finally happened. The self-appointed protector of children and vehement opponent of a games industry determined to supply them with adult material at any cost has now been permanently disbarred from practicing law by the Florida Supreme Court.

Moral guardians everywhere were saddened and disappointed by the news, which represented the triumph of corrupt capitalism and pure Satanic evil over the lone agent of Good. Undaunted, he pursued his claim in federal court despite being told that he is no longer allowed to file any legal documents on his own behalf.

Let us observe a moment of joyful silence in honor of the defeat of this noble crusader for justice, and let us pray that in his next rotation on the wheel of life, he returns as something appropriate to the quality of his work in this one. Like a snail.
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Post by Stask » Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:12 pm

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Let moralistic, god-fearing religious fundamentalists reap the consequences of their own actions as they deserve.

What did this guy do to warrant disbarment? He must have fucked up royally to get his ass permanently thrown out of the Florida bar. The article doesn't say, so I guess I gotta hunt through the 136 page complaint.

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Post by Lealla » Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:37 pm

The article has the court decision summary, which mentions seven or eight of the worst offenses from what appeared to be a very, very long list.
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Post by Tachion » Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:39 pm

He was one of the moral crusaders against howard stern as well...
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Post by Stask » Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:20 pm

Just scrolled down the page and saw this:

Among the extensive findings of fact presented in the report, the Court takes particular note of the following which occurred during the three-year period at issue in five counts in these cases:

(1) respondent made false statements of material fact to courts and repeatedly violated a court order;

(2) respondent communicated the subject of representation directly with clients of opposing counsel;

(3) respondent engaged in prohibited ex parte communications;

(4) respondent publicized and sent hundreds of pages of vitriolic and disparaging missives, letters, faxes, and press releases, to the affected individuals;

(5) respondent targeted an individual who was not involved with respondent in any way, merely due to "the position [the individual] holds in state and national politics;"

(6) respondent falsely, recklessly, and publicly accused a judge as being amenable to the "fixing" of cases;

(7) respondent sent courts inappropriate and offensive sexual materials;

(8) respondent falsely and publicly accused various attorneys and their clients of engaging in a conspiracy/enterprise involving "the criminal distribution of sexual materials to minors" and attempted to get prosecuting authorities to charge these attorneys and their clients for racketeering and extortion;

(9) respondent harassed the former client of an attorney in an effort to get the client to use its influence to persuade the attorney to withdraw a defamation suit filed by the attorney against respondent; and

(10) respondent retaliated against attorneys who filed Bar complaints against him for his unethical conduct by asserting to their clients, government officials, politicians, the media, female lawyers in their law firm, employees, personal friends, acquaintances, and their wives, that the attorneys were criminal Case Nos. SC07-80 and SC07-354 Page Three pornographers who objectify women.


Two words: Holy shit.

Here's the translation into English for you non-lawyers.

Apparently, this bozo Jack Thompson:

(1) Lied to the judge;

(2) Talked directly to the clients of the other side about the clients' lawyers behind those same lawyers' backs;

(3) Tried to get the judge to render a decision without the other side's lawyers being present (a huge violation of the Due Process clauses of both the 5th and 14th Amendments that any judge would smell a hundred miles away);

(4) Violated lawyer-client confidentiality by publicizing his discussions with opposing lawyers' clients (the fact that the clients Thompson spoke with were the clients of the other side's lawyers makes no difference; ANY discussion where a lawyer gives legal advice to ANYONE allows the person being advised to have the privilege of confidentiality);

(5) Targeted a politician (the report doesn't say how Thompson targeted this politician. Defamation, maybe?) just because of his political views;

(6) Publicly, and without any proof, accused a judge of arbitrarily deciding cases (if you're gonna accuse a judge of being biased, you'd damn well better have proof because this is a really serious accusation);

(7) sent pornography to the court (WTF?);

(8) falsely and publicly accused the opposing lawyers and their clients of being involved in a criminal pornography ring and tried to get local prosecutors to bring falsified charges against them;

(9) harassed a lawyer's former client in order to get the client to call his former lawyer and have that attorney drop his defamation suit that he had brought against Thompson;

(10) told everyone that the lawyers who complained about Thompson's unethical behavior were criminal pornographers. And by everyone, I mean those lawyers' clients, government officials, politicians, the media, female lawyers in their law firm, employees, personal friends, acquaintances, and even their wives).

If disbarment is all this guy gets, he should count himself VERY lucky. This motherfucker would get bankrupted in 2 seconds flat if everyone he insulted sued him for defamation. And trying to induce a false prosecution, as seen in (8)? That sort of shit has criminal penalties. Yeah, a loud-mouth, white-bread fundamentalist lawyer will last really long in the slammer. Don't drop the soap, noob!
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Post by Lealla » Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:06 am

The scary stuff is that, to all appearances, Jack Thompson actually believes in the crap he spews.
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Post by Gnomerman » Sun Oct 05, 2008 10:33 am

so.. where is that sniper rifle hiding? or rocket launcher... it would be fitting if someone went GTA style on him.
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Post by Lealla » Sun Oct 05, 2008 11:06 am

Sadly, killing him would only serve to reinforce his point of view. He's far from the only person who thinks like that, just the most visible. Disbarment is by far the best way to deal with him, as it destroys his credibility. Well, that and a nice long prison term. We can only hope.
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Post by Stask » Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:17 pm

Yeah, I'd rather laugh at a live noob than brood over a dead martyr.
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