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Judge Recommends Guilty Verdict for Jack Thompson

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the pariahs-that-still-get-airtime dept.

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GamePolitics is reporting that a Florida Judge has recommended that Jack Thompson be found guilty on 27 of 31 counts of misconduct and is awaiting a Florida Supreme Court verdict to back him up. Thompson is striking back with allegations against the Judge and others, complaining that loyalty oaths were never signed. "Tunis made 21 recommendations of guilt in relation to Thompson's participation in Strickland vs. Sony, an Alabama case in which the anti-game attorney represented the families of two police officers and a police dispatcher slain by 18-year-old Grand Theft Auto player Devin Moore. Tunis also recommended that Thompson be found guilty on four out of five counts relating to his 2006 attempt to have Rockstar's Bully declared a public nuisance in a case before Miami Judge Ronald Friedman. An additional two guilty counts stemmed from a non-video game matter."

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Ummm... (5, Funny)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494592)

Who is Jack Thompson?

Re:Ummm... (5, Funny)

RandoX (828285) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494622)

You must be new here.

Some facts about Barak Hussein Obama: (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23494826)

He is a Muslim
        He attended a Madrassa school for 14 years. The benchmark of Madrassa schools is jihad, radical Islam and death to all those who disagree.
        His pastor, Jeremiah Wright is also a Muslim even though he claims to be a Christian.
        Jeremiah Wright is part of a Muslim sleeper cell funded entirely by funds from Saudi Arabia.
        Jeremiah Wright is Obama's "handler" and has been instrumental in Obama's rise to power.
        Obama will insist on being sworn in on the Koran at his inauguration and will support legislation to change the pledge of allegiance to call for "One Nation under Allah."
        Obama support reparations for all black Americans regardless of their ties to slavery.
        Said reparations will be paid for by a tax on non-Spanish male Caucasians.
        Obama's first choice for for attorney general - Louis Farrakhan - will be instructed to fire all US District attorneys and replace them with mostly black activist judges.
        Jesse Jackson will be fast-tracked to a seat on the supreme court.
        Taxes on single family homes will be tripled in most of the United States with the exception of largely black populated cities such as Detroit and sections of cities like Compton.
        Within the first 100 days of his presidency, he will pardon nearly 75% of the prison population arguing that "incarceration is too expensive and is not an effective measure of punishment."
        Welfare and unemployment benefits will be extended indefinitely and the per child benefit will be increase by 400%.

        These are just a few of the things you will get if you vote for Barak Hussein (death to the west or death to non followers of islam depending on the dialect) Obama.

Re:Ummm... (5, Funny)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494636)

He's a singer who really uses nothing but an acoustic guitar and his folk roots to make his music. Very popular, although I find his music repetitive at best.

Re:Ummm... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23494846)

We was the airport director in Die Hard 2 who went on to become a senator, eventually attempting to run for president but failed in his bid because he was in Die Hard 2.

Re:Ummm... (5, Funny)

infonography (566403) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495470)

He's a singer who really uses nothing but an acoustic guitar and his folk roots to make his music. Very popular, although I find his music repetitive at best.
He claimed to be the inspirations/author for the well known Beck Song "Loser" [youtube.com] and also for the Henry Rollins song "Liar" [youtube.com]

Re:Ummm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23494646)

How are you posting on slashdot without knowing that?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Thompson_%28attorney%29

He is the bane of all civilized peoples. He alleges that video games "MAKE" people commit crimes.

Re:Ummm... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23494822)

How are you posting on slashdot without knowing how to make an html link? [wikipedia.org]

Re:Ummm... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23495138)

How are you posting on slashdot without Firefox and Linkification? Heretic!

Re:Ummm... (5, Funny)

FredFredrickson (1177871) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495536)

How are you posting on slashdot?


No seriously.. I can't figure this out.

Edit: Oh nevermind, I think I've got this now.

Re:Ummm... (5, Funny)

XenoPhage (242134) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495830)

Edit: Oh nevermind, I think I've got this now.
I, for one, welcome our new comment-editing slashdot posters....

Re:Ummm... (4, Funny)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495178)

He alleges that video games "MAKE" people commit crimes.

Hey, maybe I ought to thank Mr. Thompson. If I ever get busted for smoking pot, gambling, or soliciting a prostitute I'll just blame GTA!

Did you know that Mr. Thompson's middle name is "Golf"?

Re:Ummm... (1)

Red Samurai (893134) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494650)

Thank you. This guy will only be around as long as he's given a platform.

...or do you really not know who he is?

Re:Ummm... (5, Funny)

egyptiankarim (765774) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494750)

And if you take away the platform, he'll probably start railing against PC games!

;)

Re:Ummm... (4, Informative)

wiggles (30088) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494652)

Here's the wikipedia entry [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Ummm... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23495382)

Here's the wikipedia entry [wikipedia.org] .
Here's the conservapedia entry [conservapedia.com] .

Re:Ummm... (4, Funny)

Lord_Frederick (642312) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495520)

Wow! It's like Wikipedia without those pesky facts.

Re:Ummm... (5, Informative)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494700)

Jack Thompson [wikipedia.org] is a lawyer who has made a bunch of lawsuits against several game manufacturers.

Basically, he hates the 1st Amendment, and isn't afraid to make a ridicules lawsuit to try and censor people.

Re:Ummm... (4, Funny)

mortonda (5175) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494956)

make a ridicules lawsuit
I'm trying not to be one of those ridiculous people who ridicules people for bad spelling... ;)

Re:Ummm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23495506)

don't be rediculous

Re:Ummm... (5, Insightful)

radarjd (931774) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495108)

Basically, he hates the 1st Amendment, and isn't afraid to make a ridicules lawsuit to try and censor people.

That's sort of like saying "Al-Quaeda hates freedom" -- I don't think Thompson hates the first amendment, it is just (in his mind) trumped by other values. He has further picked a particularly poor method for promoting his values.

To be more technically correct (and as this is slashdot, that's the best kind of correct), I'd say he believes that video games (and other media) containing sexual or violent content are the root of all evil, and that he'd rather have no video games (or other media) than the possibility that the games could contain sexual or violent content.

This particular story relates to disbarment proceedings against the man for repeated poor (and illegal) conduct.

Re:Ummm... (5, Insightful)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495346)

The man is a Fundamentalist Christian who believes he received guidance from God to eliminate video games.

No, seriously.

Re:Ummm... (1)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495442)

I wonder how he'll cope with his deity forsaking him in the courtroom.

Should make for some fun reading should he choose to make a statement afterwards.

Re:Ummm... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23495654)

Easy. We all know that God loves video games. Thus, God wants the heretic to burn.

Re:Ummm... (1)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495744)

The man is a Fundamentalist Christian who believes he received guidance from God to eliminate video games.

No, seriously.
Citation needed... Well, would be appreciated! :-)

Re:Ummm... (1)

mike nathan (972696) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494704)

Ummm... leave the cave much?

I'll Tell You Who He Is (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494942)

Who is Jack Thompson?
A man who knows no restraint to further a cause that has religious roots and backings by watchdog groups whose only goals are to overstep their bounds.

A man who stood up on Fox news the day of the Virginia Tech shootings [cnet.com] (when the bodies of slain students were still warm) and told the nation that he was certain we would find video games in the shooter's bedroom. He then later turned one of the funerals into a media circus and photo op.

A man who has overstepped laws designed to give Americans freedom and the right to enjoy entertainment in their homes. He has taken the The Bill of Rights into the restroom and wiped his ass with it.

A man who, after overstepping his bounds an pushing extreme values of the political Right, asked for members of the Bush family (which he erroneously thought would be allies) to remove his disbarment [wikipedia.org] from the Florida courts. Name Jeb & George [slashdot.org] ... who ignored the tool that was merely carrying out their core values.

You have a man who has tried to undo the separation of church and state. This same man has been operating in a court of law and using false correlations while pushing his own moral and religious beliefs. He is completely divorced from the sense of Justice and the American People. This same man will soon suffer under The Justice of The United States of America or my faith in it will soon falter ...

Re:I'll Tell You Who He Is (0)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495278)

Who is Jack Thompson?
A man who knows no restraint to further a cause that has religious roots


Hmm, Wikipedia says "Thompson then expanded his comments in the same interview by saying, 'Islam promotes the killing of innocent people. The Quran requires the infidel, whether Jew or Christian, to be killed. ... That's a core essence of the religion. ... Muhammad was a pirate who killed infidels and who advocated the killing of infidels - not a nice guy. Osama bin Laden is in keeping with his fine tradition".

That's the only occurance in the wikipedia article where the word "religion" is used. Could you expound on this thought further? What are these "religious roots" you speak of, and which religion?

Or do you just hate religion in general?

Re:I'll Tell You Who He Is (2, Funny)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495464)

I hate religion in private.

Re:I'll Tell You Who He Is (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23495466)

From the Ars Technica article, citing GamePolitics:

(http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080520-judges-report-in-jack-thompson-case-guilty-on-27-charges.html)

"GamePolitics was able to get Thompson's closing statement, and the man spoke like a captain straightening his coat as the ship goes down. "I'm simply making the argument, Judge, that my motivationsâ"which I have tried to make clear, maybe to the point of nauseaâ"are religious and that my efforts against the distribution of adult material, pornographic material, violent material, adult rated material to children is violative of the law as well as violative of Scripture. I quoted the biblical passage where Jesus says, reportedly: 'If any one of you should cause one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better that a millstone be tied around your neck and that you be cast in the uttermost depths of the sea.'"

Maybe those religious roots?

Remember: Wikipedia isn't the final authority.

Re:I'll Tell You Who He Is (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23495742)

Here ya go retardicon.....this is taken from his closing statement.

"I'm simply making the argument, Judge, that my motivationsâ"which I have tried to make clear, maybe to the point of nauseaâ"are religious and that my efforts against the distribution of adult material, pornographic material, violent material, adult rated material to children is violative of the law as well as violative of Scripture. I quoted the biblical passage where Jesus says, reportedly: 'If any one of you should cause one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better that a millstone be tied around your neck and that you be cast in the uttermost depths of the sea."

Re:I'll Tell You Who He Is (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23495862)

A man who, after overstepping his bounds an pushing extreme values of the political Right, asked for members of the Bush family (which he erroneously thought would be allies) to remove his disbarment [wikipedia.org] from the Florida courts. Name Jeb & George [slashdot.org] ... who ignored the tool that was merely carrying out their core values.
To be fair, haven't Joe Lieberman and Hillary Clinton shown far more interest in censoring video games than George Bush?

Re:Ummm... (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495840)

I guess I was too subtile. The point is if he doesn't get any press then he is just another crazy but if he gets press then he is a threat. What it all leads down to is a chicken and the egg argument.

Do violent people like to play violent video games.
or do Violent video games make people violent.

I would choose the first. As many people who play these games don't seem to be causeing all the chaos that they seem to protrait. How many people do you see throwing red turtle shells from their cars so they can pass the guy infront of them.

L-O-L (-1, Redundant)

Farakin (1101889) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494624)

lolololololololololololololololololol Thank the (insert deity here)

Just throw away the key already! (2, Funny)

konigstein (966024) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494634)

He's done nothing constructive to date that I know of, he has caused nothing but trouble for everyone. Throw him in guantanamo bay! (the facility, not the actual bay itself.. I wouldn't want him to pollute that pristine caribean water)

Gotta love Jack (5, Funny)

overshoot (39700) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494640)

We could keep him around for entertainment value alone, but best of all he's so freaking useful in totally discrediting the antigamers who don't froth at the mouth, chew carpets, and fling feces at the judge.

Re:Gotta love Jack (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23494732)

Except he wastes court time, i.e. our tax money, on his self-promotion crap. Give him a blog and let him rant, fine. But it's time the legal profession was reigned in over their bogus lawsuits.

Re:Gotta love Jack (0, Troll)

aztektum (170569) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495344)

Yes that way all the tax dollars not wasted on court time with Jack Thompson can be thrown down some other black hole with nothing useful to show for it.

Re:Gotta love Jack (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495616)

One clusterfsck at a time. Fixing a list of problems is often best accomplished by finding the loudest/largest/biggest problem, reduce it to negligibility, move on to the next loudest/largest/biggest.

You will often find that in doing so, you manage to take care of some of the smaller problems at the same time, while preventing the large ones from becoming overwhelmingly large. Jack T. was a mouthpiece for a fair sized group of people who would also speak out in his place if he just quietly went away. Putting him behind bars fixes some of those little problems down the road. Shoving a cork down his gob in public purview, even metaphorically, has the effect of stifling any who would gladly take his place otherwise.

Lets hope it works out that way.

Re:Gotta love Jack (0, Troll)

MrMacman2u (831102) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495494)

Very well, he can "blag" away in prison and I can add the URL to my blacklist and then everyone will be happy once more playing our violent video games as Mr. Thompson (hopefully) gets repeatedly and forcefully raped by a hairy cellmate called "Bone Crusher". But for the love of Cheesy Puffs and flaming poo throw that loudmouthed ninny in prison!

Re:Gotta love Jack (5, Insightful)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495596)

But it's time the legal profession was reigned in over their bogus lawsuits.
The legal profession has a perfectly functional (but slow) system of dealing with bogus lawsuits.

The reason Jack Thompson has been allowed to get away with so much asshattery is because the justice system defaults to not disenfranchising people.

This is a good thing.
Keep it that way.

Re:Gotta love Jack (1)

Tenebrousedge (1226584) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494842)

Quite true. With friends like that, who needs enemies? I suppose this is the beginning of the end for J.T. We'd better gin up some studies and statistics for the next round of the anti-gaming nonsense. Actually, I'm hoping he's managed to kill it off, but if not we'll need some ammunition against the demagogues.

Re:Gotta love Jack (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23495530)

Yes if Jack Thompson didnt exist it would be necessary to invent him.

Judge's Ruling (5, Funny)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494654)

Up in ur base, killin all ur d00dz, JT!

Re:Judge's Ruling (1)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495778)

pwned.

Stop submitting Jack Thompson stories (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23494660)

Please stop submitting Jack Thompson stories. His only point to his shenanigans is to gain press via controversy. Please don't give it to him by crossposting stories about him to Slashdot, Fark, etc. etc.

Re:Stop submitting Jack Thompson stories (3, Insightful)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494744)

No controversy here. More like "ha ha, you had it coming".

Re:Stop submitting Jack Thompson stories (2, Informative)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494882)

The trial was an interesting and often funny read, this is the ending of JT, this IS news and I enjoy reading it :)

Re:Stop submitting Jack Thompson stories (1)

CokoBWare (584686) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495030)

Despite the crap I have to read about him, I actually enjoy reading stories about acting like a total loser, in my personal opinion. Reading of his potential demise justifies the time I waste on him.

Re:Stop submitting Jack Thompson stories (2, Insightful)

CrashPoint (564165) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495386)

Please stop submitting Jack Thompson stories. His only point to his shenanigans is to gain press via controversy. Please don't give it to him by crossposting stories about him to Slashdot, Fark, etc. etc.
Screw that. Jack Thompson's incompetence makes him a detriment to his own insipid cause. The more time he spends in the spotlight, the better.

In Soviet Russia... (2, Funny)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494710)

...you sue Jack Thompson!

Slashdotted already? (0, Offtopic)

smileylich (903618) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494716)

Slashdotted 10 min after greenlit? I recommend we find their hosting service guilty of impersonating a server...

Re:Slashdotted already? (4, Informative)

Silentknyght (1042778) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494780)

10 seconds of searching in google turned up multiple results for this item. I'd try either Ars Technica [arstechnica.com] or Shacknews [shacknews.com]

Wow. Just... wow. (4, Interesting)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495414)

I always suspected that "Thompson" was the Russian word for "Golf" ("...you thought Golf was inwented in Scotland? No, it was a Russian inwention!" -Ensign Checkov) but the Ars story had me giggling.

Thompson has included gay pornography in his court filings, causing the Judge presiding over the case to note that "Mr. Thompson made available for unlimited public viewing, on the court's docketing system, these graphic images." In this most recent case, Thompson created a picture book in reaction to "the court's inability to comprehend" what he was saying. The book contained pictures of swastikas, a copied dollar bill, monkeys, and, in a surreal touch, a handprint with the word "slap" written under it. That's leaving out the cartoon squirrels. Earlier this year, Thompson asked why another gaming writer doesn't "just molest children directly rather than through Rockstar. It would be more personal that way."

Before the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, Jack Thompson wrote Ars Technica a letter that compared the game to polio.

Not trying to defend Jack (2, Insightful)

benfinkel (1048566) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494728)

But man are they throwing the book against him. I have no love for the frivolous nature of the lawsuits and ridiculous manner he presents his arguments but it sounds like they're really going over the top. I mean, that list of charges against him reads like every lawyer's trial strategy.

Re:Not trying to defend Jack (4, Informative)

DustyShadow (691635) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494766)

I don't think putting pornography in court documents is normal strategy.

Re:Not trying to defend Jack (1)

benfinkel (1048566) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494800)

I don't know, my wife just started in the matrimony department at her firm and it sounds like they get some pretty interesting stuff submitted! :)

Re:Not trying to defend Jack (1)

Joe Jay Bee (1151309) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495294)

Why does a "Matrimony" department at a law firm sound like a really cynical bit of work, a bit like "Ministry of Truth"?

Re:Not trying to defend Jack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23495408)

Matrimony? More like Matrimoney.

Re:Not trying to defend Jack (1)

strider200142 (1279440) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494844)

I think he's finally wasted enough time and demonstrated his lack of reason before judges that they just want to make sure he shuts up this time...

Re:Not trying to defend Jack (1)

Brother Phil (1151069) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495192)

I mean, that list of charges against him reads like every lawyer's trial strategy.
You say that like its a bad thing.

GTA Lawyers (4, Interesting)

dj245 (732906) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494764)

GTA4 has sold over 3.6 million copies [wikipedia.org] . Even if lawyers didn't like to brutally advance their careers through any means necessary, I would expect at least some of these sales to be to lawyers.

Re:GTA Lawyers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23495222)

They would be defending themselves and others against lawyers who did not undertand the games with the others playing for everything.

Re:GTA Lawyers (1)

Goobermunch (771199) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495784)

I can confirm at least one sale to an attorney.

--AC

To quote the OJ Simpson trial: (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23494772)

If the gay porn submitted for judicial review doesn't fit, you must acquit!

No big deal (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23494776)

If he's disbarred I'm sure there is a place for him next to Tipper Gore and Hillary Rosen (RIAA) in the Democrat party.

As a Lawyer Friend Of Mine Once Said... (2, Interesting)

macs4all (973270) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494872)

If you have the facts on your side, then argue the facts. If the facts aren't on your side, then argue the law. If neither the facts nor the law is on your side, then argue procedure.

Methinks that challenging the Oaths of Office of the Judge falls under the "procedure" category...

Re:As a Lawyer Friend Of Mine Once Said... (4, Insightful)

nuzak (959558) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495066)

The way I heard it was:

If facts aren't on your side, pound on the law. If the law isn't on your side, pound on the facts. If neither the law nor the facts are on your side, pound on the table.

That describes JT more accurately. Procedurally, he's a moron -- he's actually gotten himself barred from filing directly to the Florida Supreme Court. Then again he's not exactly that sharp when it comes to facts or law either.

Re:As a Lawyer Friend Of Mine Once Said... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23495100)

No, no: If you've got the facts on your side, hammer on those. If you've got the law on your side, hammer on that. If you've got neither, hammer on the table.

Site down / moving? (4, Informative)

Rufus211 (221883) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494884)

I just get a "Temporarily Closed" page when loading GamePolitics...great timing to move your host.

Ars has a writeup that's a summary of GP's: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080520-judges-report-in-jack-thompson-case-guilty-on-27-charges.html [arstechnica.com]

Re:Site down / moving? (3, Funny)

nfk (570056) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495398)

Perhaps they are moving the host from a Slashdotted state to a non-Slashdotted state.

Proposed guilty verdict ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23494926)

I *KNEW* I bought that bottle of champagne for a reason!

Seriously, I hope this does more than take this man out of the courtroom for a while. And I hope no one else decides to step into his place.

In case someone does, I'm saving the champagne bottle. They make great Molotov cocktails. I saw it done in a game once.

GTA5 (1)

The Insane One (25793) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494932)

I'm waiting for the next sequel.

GTA5:JT Needs Soap-On-A-Rope

"loyalty oaths were never signed" (3, Interesting)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494940)

What is the law, if not semantics? While I don't agree with Thompson, I do agree that until a loyalty oath is signed, no judge can ever issue a binding ruling.

We as citizens must demand that our government dot it's 'i's and cross its 't's. Without these oaths, the judges are unaccountable. How hard is it to get a signature? How hard is it to take an oath? These oaths are required by the people and in them, the person taking the oath states they will follow whatever constitutions are relevant to the position.

See http://www.jail4judges.org/ [jail4judges.org]

Re:"loyalty oaths were never signed" (5, Interesting)

nuzak (959558) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495142)

The judges did sign their oaths. Jack alleges that Tunis forged her own signature, which is certainly a pretty novel theory, but if we decide to be more generous than the law even allows and take him at his intended meaning, that she had someone else sign for her, he doesn't have a single iota of supporting evidence, other than the worthless opinion of an utterly discredited "handwriting analyst" who made his opinion based on a whopping two samples.

Accusing judges of malfeasance is just standard behavior for Jack Thompson. And his probable disbarment is just the start of his troubles -- there's one Cletus Junkin in Alabama (yeah I know ... I couldn't make these great names up) who may be going after him for libel next.

At least he'll have more time to play GTA4 :D (4, Funny)

amasiancrasian (1132031) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494970)

On the bright side: no job means more time to play GTAIV!

Re:At least he'll have more time to play GTA4 :D (1)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495052)

Not ol' Jack-off Thompson. He's currently working on his big comeback in a huge lawsuit against the makers of urination-themed video games! :P

Re:At least he'll have more time to play GTA4 :D (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495136)

That's because one of the targets is lawyer who says all games are evil.

Still framing the issue THEIR way (5, Insightful)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 6 years ago | (#23494998)

.. police dispatcher slain by 18-year-old Grand Theft Auto player Devin Moore.

You could have also phrased that as, "..police dispatcher slain by 18-year-old fluoridated-water drinker Devin Moore."

Re:Still framing the issue THEIR way (5, Funny)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495374)

There are all sorts of fun ways you can spin stories.

"..police dispatcher slain by 18-year-old heterosexual man Devin Moore."

"..police dispatcher slain by 18-year-old non-vegetarian Devin Moore."

"..police dispatcher slain by 18-year-old Darwinist Devin Moore."

Re:Still framing the issue THEIR way (1)

nfk (570056) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495430)

I agree with your general point, but in this case the wording is correct. If it weren't for that sentence I would have no idea about who Devin is and why an anti-game attorney is involved.

Re:Still framing the issue THEIR way (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495540)

Even with that phrase, I still have no idea who Devin is and why an anti-game attorney is involved.

Re:Still framing the issue THEIR way (4, Funny)

ZombieRoboNinja (905329) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495676)

Those dihydrogen monoxide [dhmo.org] addicts will stop at nothing to get their next "hit"...

Just two counts? (1)

Rydia (556444) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495126)

Actually, none of them are videogame-related. He is being reprimanded for misbehavior regarding his role as an agent of the court. They arose in the context of a lawsuit which featured games as part of its subject matter, but none of this actually has anything to do with games.

But hey, someone who disagrees with "the viewpoint" is being punished. That the malfeasance and reprimand has nothing to do with that viewpoint is irrelevant, so long as everyone gets their blood.

Re:Just two counts? (1)

kennygraham (894697) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495328)

When someone abuses the judicial system to fight against "the viewpoint", sure we consider it a good thing when they're punished for abusing the judicial system. Or should we just wish him the best of luck trying to take away our rights? Stop being a passively aggressive pacifist.

Re:Just two counts? (4, Interesting)

cowscows (103644) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495362)

Well what'd you expect? There is no body of video game related laws that for someone to violate. Much of the nonsense that he's perpetrated has been as a result of the bizarre war he's trying to wage against games.

The issue isn't just that some guy doesn't like video games, it's that he's not only embarked on some sort of loony campaign against them, but he's also abused the legal system to harass video game developers and publishers. And he's also made sweeping, negative, and sometimes offensive generalizations about an entire branch of media and the millions of people who consume said media.

Whether this guy is unethical enough to purposely crap all over the legal system over something like video games, or whether he's just plain insane, either way he should not be practicing law. And he certainly shouldn't be wasting tax dollars on his bizarre personal crusade against a bunch of gamers. The legal system is better off without him, regardless of his views on video games or anything else. He's pretty much proven that he has no respect for the proper functioning of the courts/etc.

And third, this guy has managed to convince various media outlets that he is a credible expert on video games. Having an opinion on something does not make you a credible voice. We can only hope that whatever the end result of all this is, news programs will stop asking him to share his thoughts on video games or anything else.

Re:Just two counts? (1)

m.ducharme (1082683) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495754)

Personally, as someone "in the business", I think it's great when someone is reprimanded for misbehaviour regarding his role as an agent of the court, regardless of what "the viewpoint" is.

The fact that he's a Christofascist with a grudge against free speech as expressed through video games is just a bonus.

I've had a really bad day today (4, Funny)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495130)

So I'd like to thank GamePolitics, Scuttlemonkey, and especially the Florida judge for brightening up this bad bad Wednesday!

Oh yea, and I want to thank Jack Thompson [uncyclopedia.org] too, since if he wasn't such a stupid, obnoxious, self-serving buffoon this story would have never made it to slashdot!

My life is SO filled with coincidences. Last night at Felber's one of the ladies there called me a "fuckmonkey" (in regards to my bringing Amy there half an hour before taking Tami there), I just got back fro Top Cat's, where today's drink special is the "Drunk Monkey", and now the Jack Thompson story brought to us by Scuttlemonkey!

Weird. But not as weird as Jack Thompson.

Re:I've had a really bad day today (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23495482)

Weird.

Simian, almost...

Watch out violent video games! (3, Interesting)

Yogiz (1123127) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495184)

If he gets locked up, someone might emerge who can actually argument and make the public belive that the cause might be worth fighting. Somebody who has only stayed in the shadows because Jack Thomson has made all video game opponents look like a big bag of crazy. Someone who is actually mentally stable and sees, that such lamenting has only made the public side up with the game makers.

Beware!

Re:Watch out violent video games! (4, Insightful)

cowscows (103644) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495522)

If the public wants to have a reasonable and adult discussion about violence in video games, I don't think that's something to be afraid of. Just as our culture went through similar grumblings about movies and television, and almost repeatedly about music, it's a valid conversation to have. There's a useful discussion to be had about the appropriateness of certain types of games for particular age groups, and the most effective ways to introduce children to various things they might experience through games. At the end of the day, we've still got the first amendment, and not a particularly realistic chance that video game violence will somehow end up banned.

What's most likely going to happen is that a smattering of state laws will get passed and quickly be overturned because they're unconstitutional. Ten more years or so down the line, there will be enough people in positions of authority who grew up as gamers that the issue will mostly go away. There will still be the occasional whining and controversy, just like we've got with movies/tv/music today when a game really decides to push the envelope, but most people won't give it a second thought anymore.

Loyalty Oath (2, Insightful)

Ohio Calvinist (895750) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495230)

While I love what the judge has done to this asshat, I think first (if it is not) that all judges should sign these oaths, and second, that if he was supposed to, and didn't, the judge should get fined for leaving an open door for a "not guilty by technicality" to occur over something so minor. I'm a programmer for the County Schools and I had to sign the loyalty oath to the US and California consitution when I got my parking pass just to program, I'd hope they'd hold a judge to this rather simplistic requirement (its not like having to take a physical or anything, and if it is a problem for him, he shouldn't be on the bench.)

Re:Loyalty Oath (1)

Eco-Mono (978899) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495720)

See above [slashdot.org] .

Re:Loyalty Oath (4, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495810)

Frankly, I think it's appalling that McCarthy era loyalty oaths are still on the books. I hope the refusal to sign was intentional, and that this issue is persued to the point of being fired, which would then create an outcry in the judiciary leading to the legislature overturning this fascist act.

What's wrong with a loyalty oath you ask? Take a look at what's happened to our government over the past few years, could you honestly swear loyalty to *this* government? What if it got worse?

If you think about it, anyone who really meant their oath to "defend the Constitution of the United States... against all enemies, foreign and domestic" would have taken up arms against this government a long time ago. Ever since Wickard v. Filburn [wikipedia.org] it's been clear that even the SCOTUS is a domestic enemy of the Constitution.

Dissent is an essential part of a democratic society. People who disagree with current policy should not be discriminated against, even if they are communists.

He's going to need.... (1, Funny)

8127972 (73495) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495292)

... Some Hot Coffee to keep him calm.

Thanks Jack (1)

bforsse (639591) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495332)

Rockstar should give this guy a percentage for all the free marketing. Without the controversy and media attention would GTA sales be as tremendous as they are? I mean the guy invented the term "Pixelante".

Which game? (5, Funny)

denttford (579202) | more than 6 years ago | (#23495936)

So what videogame was he playing that turned him into a criminal?
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