Thompson In Court...Defending Himself
Anti-game activist Jack Thompson, who apparently makes a career out of suing everybody and their mother, has finally ticked off the very organization of which he's a member.
The Florida Bar has decided to take action against Thompson, compiling all his most recent feuds into one 40-page complaint document, filed yesterday with the Florida State Supreme Court. The Bar makes no fewer than five allegations against Thompson for "violations of professional conduct." Well, from the quotes we've read, the man doesn't really embody the term "professional," but now he's finally getting called on it.
GameSpot nailed down a full copy of the complaint, and other sources are already reporting on the highlights of the document. Among them: repeatedly disobeying a judge's orders and violating Alabama's rules of professional conduct, both of which were well-documented during those trials. The report even goes a step further, claiming Thompson made comments outside the courts designed specifically to potentially impact the case.
One specific violation that leaps off the page is from November of 2005, when a Fayette County Circuit Judge revoked Thompson's temporary license to practice law in the state of Alabama. Why? Well, the Judge cites Thompson's "behavior" during the civil suit of a man convicted of killing two police officers and a dispatcher. The Judge then ordered Thompson not to send him any copies or e-mails to any third parties...which was, allegedly, violated more than 30 times.
The last highlight is something many journalists have observed for years. One complaint accuses Thompson of making insulting statements towards Take-Two Interactive's lawyers; statements created "for no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, disparage, or humiliate them." Well, heck, we've seen that before. The last two counts involve Thompson's legal battles with Howard Stern's lawyers, as the Florida lawyer supposedly accused them of "extortion and racketeering."
In response to this, Thompson quickly filed a motion to halt any disciplinary action and made a motion for mediation. The presiding Judge hasn't ruled on either motion just yet, but either way, this is gonna be an awfully interesting case.
2/6/2007 Ben Dutka