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Jack Thompson Sets His Sights On Halo 3

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the because-he-has-nothing-better-to-do dept.

The Courts 240

GamePolitics is reporting that anti-game advocate Jack Thompson is seeking to have Halo 3 declared a nuisance to the public in Florida. He tried the same stunt with Bully, and failed then too. "As with Bully, Thompson clearly hopes the court will grant him a hearing. Although after last year's well-publicized Bully performance, which earned Thompson a Bar complaint from presiding Judge Ronald Friedman, that seems unlikely. More troubling by far are the long term implications of this action. Thompson apparently feels emboldened to invoke Florida's public nuisance law against any video game he desires to target. That is the essence of censorship and the video game industry cannot allow it to continue on any number of grounds - legal, moral or creative."

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240 comments

Payroll (-1)

king-manic (409855) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730561)

So Microsoft brought him onto their payroll. Seriously this guy is a PR machine that just advertises the things he criticizes. He minus well get paid by Take two and Microsoft.

Re:Payroll (2, Funny)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730607)

He minus well = Jack Thompson is a sick puppy.

WTF? (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731015)

How the hell does a guy going through disbarment proceedings still get to go around filing nuisance suits?

Re:WTF? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731161)

A couple ways, one I don't think that one is banned from doing so until one has been disbarred, being in proceedings isn't sufficient. I could be wrong about that. Two, one can always file suits on ones own behalf as one has the right to represent oneself in legal proceedings. The law license just allows you to represent other people.

But the standard precaution does apply a man who represents himself has a fool for a client.

Re:WTF? (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731569)

How the hell does a guy going through disbarment proceedings still get to go around filing nuisance suits?

He can still practice law up until he's actually disbarred. Anyway, he filed the case on behalf of himself, and even a disbarred lawyer can file lawsuits pro se.

Re:Payroll (1)

monkeySauce (562927) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731133)

There is no well there to subtract.

Jack Thompson = sick puppy, before you even begin.

Re:Payroll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20730615)

He minus well...
Does he now? Well, I'll have to see his report cards from second and third grade to decide how well he did on his plusses & take-aways.

As for his legal actions, he does not law-guy well & I assure you they are completely on par with what would happen if a third grader received a law degree.

Re:Payroll (4, Informative)

Baby Duck (176251) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730887)

He minus well get paid by Take two and Microsoft.

minus well? MINUS WELL? It's "might as well".

Re:Payroll (1)

king-manic (409855) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730989)

Mea Culpa. when the coffee is scarce, the mind does silly things.

Re:Payroll (2, Insightful)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732385)

How about weaning yourself off that addiction? Seriously, it's bizarre how Americans can be so zealously anti-drug, and yet treat a caffeine addiction as 'just something that most people have'.

Re:Payroll (1)

king-manic (409855) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732509)

How about weaning yourself off that addiction? Seriously, it's bizarre how Americans can be so zealously anti-drug, and yet treat a caffeine addiction as 'just something that most people have'.

It's more of an expression. I'm a tea drinker and don't really need it to wake up. But I often make typos and messed up grammar due to dyslexia so if I don't' have enough time before a post it has numerous grammatical errors.

Re:Payroll (2, Funny)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731725)

The best argument against posting corrections on posters' spelling and grammar (and whatever the hell this was): Slashdot readers believe your comment was informative.

"Minus well" (1)

Per Abrahamsen (1397) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731995)

I actually read it as some kind of double plus good 1984 reference...

Re:Payroll (1)

EvolutionsPeak (913411) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732067)

Come on, everyone makes mcsteaks. Give the guy a breke. Minus whale add it to the Internet lingo.

Re:Payroll (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20732151)

minus well? MINUS WELL? It's "might as well".

I thought he meant "midas well". You know, that bottomless pit full of gold?

-mcgrew [mcgrew.info]

Re:Payroll (5, Funny)

GrayCalx (597428) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730943)

He minus well ...

Brilliant. Truly brilliant. The best part is its not even close to the actual letters for the word(s) he meant to say. So I take that to mean he really believes thats what people are saying when they use that phrase. That cracked me up, seriously, that had me Latching Out Lard.

Re:Payroll (4, Funny)

thesandtiger (819476) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731639)

Or he's using voice recognition software in Vista.

Eye yam woozy-sing hat cane clotbear.

Re:Payroll (1)

SpectreBlofeld (886224) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731897)

So I take that to mean he really believes thats what people are saying when they use that phrase. Not necessarily. I sometimes do the same thing while in super-fast-typing-frenzy mode; sometimes a word will come out with a phonetic analog than the actual word I was trying to type. I think it has something to do with being able to think much faster than it's possible to type, and poor fingers that struggle to keep up. Never seems to happen if I slow down, though. That's why proofreading is important :)

Re:Payroll (1)

db32 (862117) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732039)

I suspect this was actually a case of typing faster than you can think. You minus well admit it now.

Re:Payroll (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730947)

So now not only are people and companies campaigning for things that MS wants (like SCO to win) shills, but so are the people and companies campaigning against MS?

Ah /., how I love thee.

Re:Payroll (1)

geeknado (1117395) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731009)

Because, you know, nobody'd heard of Halo 3 before Mr. Thompson took an interest. This is actually reflective of the reverse-- Thompson's not going to address The Darkness, despite its graphic depictions of heart rending and whatnot. Rather, he's going to target the most popular franchises which feature significant violence-- Halo being amongst those, this is hardly surprising.

Re:Payroll (1)

adamstew (909658) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732283)

Halo isn't particularly violent...I mean yeah...there is guns, and shooting, and death, and destruction...but it's still nothing more than cartoon violence...It's been a while since i've played Halo, and Halo 2, but I don't remember there being blood on the screen. Perhaps there is now in Halo 3?

I think the cartoon violence makes it PG-13...but no blood, in a game that is clearly fantasy with no sexual or adult themes...just taking down an alien race...Certainly he has better games to go after... Halo 3 is just one of the biggest ones there are.

Re:Payroll (1)

geeknado (1117395) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732649)

Well, it's violent in that it has guns and death. It's not particularly graphic-- that's actually why I compared it to the Darkness specifically, since that game /is/ very graphic, actually sold pretty well, but isn't from a big franchise...So it isn't even on Thompson's radar.

The post I was replying to seemed to imply that somehow Microsoft must be funding Thompson in some sort of wacky marketing scheme...I find that idea pretty ludicrous. Then again, most of Thompson's stated positions are pretty ludicrous, so perhaps I shouldn't be so dismissive. :)

Re:Payroll (1)

amuro98 (461673) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731313)

Agreed. I think with this latest move his, it's quite clear that Jack Thomson is nothing more than a clandestine marketing tool. Just think about all the thousands of people who will now learn about Halo3 who would normally have been ignorant of the game.

All he has to do is take Microsoft to court, then suddenly announce an "out of court" settlement, in which Microsoft pays for his services, and then this troll is off to attack his next "client".

Microsoft, meanwhile, will have received millions of dollars in free advertising around the world.

Re:Payroll (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20731431)

You know, it just struck me after reading a few of the posts on the gamepolitics site. There's a saying about "following the money." One of the things he has consistently complained about is the lack of age-verification when purchasing online; citing that a credit card is not enough. He says:

"Age ID software is available to Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart, and they refuse to use it"

It really makes me wonder how he benefits financially from these publicity stunts. I get the feeling that he has an investment in an age-verification company, or that they at least are paying him to keep bringing up these frivolous suits. Has anyone looked into this? Along those lines, did he build up a huge nest-egg from being a legitimate lawyer in the past? How can he afford to waste everyone's time and money?

Who cares! (5, Insightful)

guysmilee (720583) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730567)

Who cares ... he loses every court battle!

Re:Who cares! (2, Insightful)

pruneau (208454) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730951)

Yeah, exactly who cares. Can /. stop the stooping lower trend and go tour some more interesting landscape.
Leave this frigtard alone: he just leaves on the attention he is getting.

Unfortunately so (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20731659)

Game software has resulted in too much frivolity.

Nuisance (4, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730583)

Why is he allowed to keep doing this? He should be punished for his endless series of nuisance lawsuits and then he should be held accountable for damaging reputations and businesses with his slanderous, ridiculous, attention-seeking, self-serving accusations. That he is given endless court and television time is highly offensive.

Re:Nuisance (2, Funny)

pieaholicx (1148705) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730903)

Couldn't Jack Thompson be considered a nuisance at this point?

I want a lawyer on here right now to tell me if I have a case!

Re:Nuisance (1)

Loconut1389 (455297) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732023)

Hi, my name is Vinny, I'll be your lawyer because I think you have an excellent case. I'll need $2000 up front to get us a hearing.

Re:Nuisance (1)

snowgirl (978879) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730967)

It's pretty sad, but it can require something REALLY bad in order to actually disbar a lawyer, and even harder for a judge.

I remember there was a Drunk Driver lawyer in New Mexico called "Ron Bell", and his slogan was "I sue drunk drivers." Then he was arrested for a DUI, and ended up being disbarred. Now he still sues drunk drivers, he just doesn't represent you himself in the court, as he's not allowed to.

Re:Nuisance (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20731901)

It's pretty sad, but it can require something REALLY bad in order to actually disbar a lawyer
A single bullet ought to do the trick nicely.

(Yes, Mr Thompson, chalk up another on your pathetic list of "death threats"! Because every AC on Slashdot is actually a murderer - no, worse than that, a gamer in disguise!)

Re:Nuisance (5, Informative)

SparkleMotion88 (1013083) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731023)

TFA quotes parts of the Florida law related to nuissance. To sum up even more, something can be declared a nuissance if it damages the moral well-being of the community. The law uses prostitution and gambling as an example.

These sorts of laws exist for your own protection. If you would choose to engage in these activities, then obviously you are ignorant of the harmful effect it can have on your life and afterlife. So if Jack thinks Halo is morally harmful to those who play it, then he's right and it will be banned as long as a majority of the people agree with him.

But seriously, we see stories like this in the news all the time, and we continue to fail to see the actual cause of the problem. People like Thompson and others are just using the system that is in place for their own gain. That makes them smart, not stupid. It is the system that is stupid. If ridiculous laws like this didn't exist to begin with, then ridiculous cases like Jack's would never even be heard in court.

Re:Nuisance (1)

Applekid (993327) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731655)

The only real relevance I see in this being news is that your game need not be morally repugnant in order for the wacky anti-game crowd to be opposed to it. Halo 3 doesn't feature blackjack or hookers or cop killing or anything.

Next stop for the Thompson Train: Tetris.

Crazy! (4, Insightful)

Zebra_X (13249) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730585)

What? Halo 3 is just another FPS. What is so deplorable about Halo? Actually - it might be a good thing to get MSFT's legal department rolling on crushing this retard.

Re:Crazy! (2, Funny)

Seumas (6865) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730629)

I think Jack Thompson misunderstood the tagline - "FINISH THE FIGHT".

Re:Crazy! (1)

Zebra_X (13249) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731529)

Ha ha - that's hilarious!

Re:Crazy! (1)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730731)

With the unstoppable might of MSFT's legal dept... maybe we can get this guy disbarred finally.

Re:Crazy! (1)

jelton (513109) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731757)

Or summarily deported to North Korea.

Re:Crazy! (1)

Winckle (870180) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730761)

Surely halo is better than your average FPS, in that you are killing weird aliens, and not other humans. Except in MP of course

I think he's aiming too high (1)

faloi (738831) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730631)

The amount of money that Microsoft can bring in an effort to defend their position (and garner tons more publicity for Halo 3 and Xbox 360) is going to make life hard for Jack. And that's assuming that a judge doesn't just slap it down without too far through the process. I suppose it's too much to ask that he get on some medication to help keep him under control.

Re:I think he's aiming too high (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731611)

The amount of money that Microsoft can bring in an effort to defend their position (and garner tons more publicity for Halo 3 and Xbox 360) is going to make life hard for Jack.

It's a pretty straightforward case; I don't think it matters how much you spend on this, it's all going to come down to a simple summary judgment at some point.

Taking on Take two is one thing (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730669)

But Bungie is part MSFT right? Also there is a big difference between blasting aliens and defending yourself against bullies. IF this works maybe he'll go after the America's Army game. That's more real military themed violence.

I'm getting tired of this... (4, Insightful)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730675)

He was funny a couple of years ago, but it's like an annoying joke that was funny at first and then starts driving you nuts. I wish he just shut up.

Re:I'm getting tired of this... (3, Funny)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730711)

In soviet russia you drive jokes nuts...

Re:I'm getting tired of this... (4, Funny)

jimstapleton (999106) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730729)

So, what you are saying is...

Jack Thompson = Family Guy?

Re:I'm getting tired of this... (1)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731341)

More like the Bananaphone [wikipedia.org] ....

More press? (3, Insightful)

Scutter (18425) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730699)

Why do we keep giving this guy air time? Enough with the Jack Thompson stories already.

It is important to our cause to give publicity (5, Insightful)

netsavior (627338) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730835)

Jack Thompson is the greatest asset we have in our fight to keep video games from being villified and banned/censored.

The primary spokesperson of the anti-video game movement is clearly a psychopath. Completly batshit crazy. If he was not crazy, and used logical (sounding) conclusions and appealed to reasonable or religious sensibilities he would be MUCH more dangerous to free speech than he is.

So we MUST give him lipservice, we must work to keep his illegal, crazy shenanagins in the news, because as long is he is their front-man, we will always win.

Re:It is important to our cause to give publicity (2, Funny)

Kierthos (225954) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730917)

I swear to God, I'll pistol whip the next guy that says 'shenanigans!'

Re:It is important to our cause to give publicity (1)

netsavior (627338) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730959)

what's that place with the chedder poppers and all the goofy shit on the walls?

Re:It is important to our cause to give publicity (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731135)

You mean Shenanigans?

Re:It is important to our cause to give publicity (1)

soulsteal (104635) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732713)

Shenanigans...

Re:It is important to our cause to give publicity (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20730953)

A bit not like RMS, right?

Re:It is important to our cause to give publicity (1)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731829)

So in essence, he's kinda sorta a walking straw man argumentative fallacy. Except that this particular straw man wants to rush out and make his case himself, so you really can't blame his opposition for making the fallacy.

Re:It is important to our cause to give publicity (-1, Flamebait)

db32 (862117) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732167)

Moore/Sheehan are the greatest assets we have in our fight to keep Americans from removing us from our positions.
The primary spokespersons of the anti-Bush movement is clearly a psychopath. Completly batshit crazy. If they were not crazy, and used logical (sounding) conclusions and appealed to reasonable or religious sensibilities they would be MUCH more dangerous to our control than they are.
So we MUST give them lipservice, we must work to keep their illegal, crazy shenanagins in the news, because as long is they are their front-men, we will always win.


There is nothing better than not having to win the debate on merit when you have no merit, you just let your opponent come off as a crazed psychopath while you respond calmly...doesn't matter what is said...the psycho loses.

It amuses me that the slashdot crowd understands this tactics when its about fucking video games, but when its about the real world they march out with the irrational psychos as their heroes and wonder why everyone watching hands everything to their opponents.

Re:It is important to our cause to give publicity (1)

darkmayo (251580) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732857)

I think alot of people would rather him be the insane spokesperson for antigaming because he discredits the antigamers without us having to lift a finger.

But we arent really convincing anyone that games arent the vile tool of the devil like JT wants them to think, they just think he's a douche.

Just because the antigamer rep is a meat ball, doesnt mean the pro-gamer side is getting good press. We need to work at having parents understand the ESRB, have to work with companies to make them see that games arent just for kids, and even tho the industry makes billions each year, video games are quite misunderstood. The medium is still in its infancy, like film and television before it. Its up to the people who enjoy games to step up to the plate and push games as something good.

Personally I think violent, gory games and games that are of a more mature nature should be regulated to keep them out of minors hands, unless there parent buys it for them.

Boycott all Jack Thompson articles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20730897)

Boycott all Jack Thompson articles.

Do it now.

I hope.. (1)

GregPK (991973) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730701)

That Bungee pulls in a little cheat that makes fun of Jack Thompson. The guy is definately going to be remembered as the industry clown/thorn that doesn't go away. I wonder what his Wiki says about him.

Looks like he's been doing his own editing as of late.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Thompson_(attorney) [wikipedia.org]

Re:I hope.. (1)

PixelScuba (686633) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732407)

Jesus Christ... I read the segment about Thompson and Janet Reno, and it reads like a parody in a Hustler magazine. It is so insane and over the top that it can't possibly be true... can it?

Oh good GOD... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20732623)

From Wikipedia: Thompson describes himself as a Christian conservative and a Republican. [wikipedia.org]

"Christian Conservative" is an oxymoron. So is "Christian Republican". From The Bible [holy-bible.us] (King James Version):

Luke 6:24 [holy-bible.us] "But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation."

Luke 11:46 [holy-bible.us] "And he [Jesus] said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers."

Luke 11:52 [holy-bible.us] "Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered."

And that's just a few choice quotes from a single book. And guess what? God doesn't like bankers much, either (but that's a different topic).

-mcgrew [kuro5hin.org]

Why is he still allowed to practice law? (1)

nickj6282 (896871) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730785)

I'm really confused as to how this man continues to be able to practice law. I realize that any citizen (i.e. non-lawyer) can file a complaint or lawsuit, but how can a lawyer as grossly inept as Thompson continue to practice? He has proven himself to be antagonistic, inflammatory, and an outright liar on more occasions than I care to google for. Why has the Florida Bar not revoked his license to practice yet?

I seem to recall him being thrown out of a courtroom in Alabama because he didn't even have the legal right to practice law there, which was brought to light because of his harassment and threats to the opposing lawyers. Seriously, why is it taking so long to get him out of there?

I realize that Thompson is the offline version of an internet troll (although he trolls the internet aplenty as well). Maybe if we ignore him by not posting any more articles about him, he'll just go away? I fear not however. It seems as though Thompson is not actually interested in "protecting the children" just in being seen by someone somewhere.

Re:Why is he still allowed to practice law? (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731033)

Why has the Florida Bar not revoked his license to practice yet?

Most of the people disbarred in Florida are done so because they basically took money from their clients that they weren't supposed to; the Bar's focus is usually on lawyers who abuse the attorney-client relationship.

Re:Why is he still allowed to practice law? (4, Informative)

nuzak (959558) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731207)

> I seem to recall him being thrown out of a courtroom in Alabama because he didn't even have the legal right to practice law there

You don't need to be licensed in a state to practice there. You get admitted pro hac vice (literally "for the occasion"), and it's usually a rubberstamp thing as long as you have a valid license in another state. Thompson's behavior in the Alabama case was so abominable that he had his pro hac vice status revoked for that case, plus a requirement to attach the order to any further applications in Alabama. In other words, he's effectively been disbarred in that state.

Keep in mind that if Wacko Jacko gets disbarred in Florida, it will almost certainly be a temporary suspension of his license. It's virtually unheard of for a lawyer to be permanently disbarred for misconduct that isn't a felony or blatant ethics violation. Jack may have committed the latter on occasion, but most of his pleadings these days aren't for any client but himself.

Re:Why is he still allowed to practice law? (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732097)

I realize that Thompson is the offline version of an internet troll (although he trolls the internet aplenty as well). Maybe if we ignore him by not posting any more articles about him, he'll just go away? I fear not however. It seems as though Thompson is not actually interested in "protecting the children" just in being seen by someone somewhere.

No. We've tried ignoring him and Main Stream Media didn't realize he was crazy and invited him to speak on Fox News for the Virginia Tech shooting where he spouts video games are to blame even before the killer is investigated.

Listen... If you don't out him as the loony that he is, he is going to get more prime time interviews by people who don't understand the video game industry. If every time he gets on a soap box we shout "The Emperor has no clothes!" than Joe Six Pack and the MSM will stop taking him seriously.

Of course MSM might enjoy him because of his controversy.

Sometimes... (3, Funny)

644bd346996 (1012333) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730807)

... Goliath actually manages to kill David.

Hearing? (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730829)

I hope he -does- get a hearing. And the next judge puts in a Bar complaint as well. And the next, and the next... Maybe then he'll be forced to stop wasting everyone's time and money. Permanently.

Unfortunately, I think 'public nuisance' is way too strong a term for a video game, unless it includes subliminal messages to kill your parents and each your neighbor's dog. And even then, I think there are probably better terms for the criminal behavior involved.

Re:Hearing? (1)

Dan Ost (415913) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731063)

Does anyone know what the grounds were for the last judge's complaint?

Re:Hearing? (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732063)

public nuisance?

There, fixed it for ya... (1)

gzerphey (1006177) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730831)

Thompson apparently feels embiggened to invoke Florida's public nuisance law against any video game he desires to target.

Re:There, fixed it for ya... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20731205)

I guess he thinks that what he's doing is quite cromulent.

Where do I start? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20730845)

Ok, I'm seriously confused here. Is he doing this out of genuine concern for the public? Is he doing this strictly for publicity himself? Is he doing this because he's batshiat insane? Or is he doing this at the behest of his puppet masters?

I'm not one who supports violence in any way, but does this man have ANY usefullness for the rest of humanity? Other than producing CO2 for the plants to use, is there any reason he should still exist?

Clinically insane. (1)

singingjim1 (1070652) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730869)

He repeats the same actions over and over again expecting a different outcome. The man is obviously insane and should be treated as such. He really does need professional help but, unfortunately, intelligent sociopaths like him rarely get the help they desperately need. People just write them off as wackos and ignore them, rightfully so I guess, but someone close to him really should try to get him some help. Even if it means committal.

Re:Clinically insane. (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731017)

Calling him a sociopath is, IMO, an insult to sociopaths. From what I've read, they tend to mimic "normal" people in order to lead a quiet, unassuming life. Thompson is anything but; in fact, he might have some form of dementia. :)

A personal request to the editors (1)

InfinityWpi (175421) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730877)

Can we please start ignoring Jack Thompson and not posting anything about him anymore? All you're doing is showing that someone cares about what he does. Ignore him and he'll wither and die, deprived of attention like a flower deprived of light and water.

Re:A personal request to the editors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20731019)

Ignore him and he'll wither and die, deprived of attention like a flower deprived of light and water.

Actually, he's more like an aggressive, invasive weed: ignore him and pretty soon your lawn will be overrun by his lot.

JT = Covenant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20730895)

Finish the fight. Please, just get this bastard to shut up.

How he could get it banned (1, Funny)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 6 years ago | (#20730973)

Just say that it promotes racism by having human beings mercilessly kill aliens. If that is not a **race** war, I don't know what is.

Hey, this shit works for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, right?

not racism... (1)

Devir (671031) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731265)

Racism is between members of the same species. As far as we know the aliens are a completely different species. You could say the game promotes genocide and specieism if that is even a word.

Re:not racism... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20731461)

Ack, no; you're using the *modern* (i.e. fallacious) definition of 'race'. Humanity is a race, but there's no 'white race' or 'black race'.
Oh, and Thompson is an assclown.

Unconstitutional (1)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731003)

From TFA:

...tend[s] to annoy the community, injure the health of the citizens in general, or corrupt the public morals

The law seems unconstitutionally vague; suprising that the judge didn't comment on that the first time around.

Public Nuisance? (2, Insightful)

sunderland56 (621843) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731065)

With Bully, Jack Thompson had a sliver of a case - that children in a private school might buy the game and start emulating it in real life by beating up their classmates.

Similarly, he might have a case with GTA:Vice City, where people in Las Vegas might buy the game and then start randomly shooting people and stealing cars.

But Halo 3? What, the astronauts on the International Space Station might play the game, and then start shooting each other in real life?? And even if they do, how is that a public nuisance?

Never an officer around when you need one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20731193)

Where's a taser-wielding police officer when you really need one?

Who the hell cares? (1)

AragornSonOfArathorn (454526) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731249)

If we all would just ignore this nutjob, he'd eventually go away.

Re:Who the hell cares? (1)

Orange Crush (934731) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731553)

If we all would just ignore this nutjob, he'd eventually go away.

Why in the world would we want that? God forbid he actually does go away and leave room for someone vaguely rational to carry the torch who might actually be capable of doing damage.

Re:Who the hell cares? (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731865)

and leave room for someone vaguely rational to carry the torch who might actually be capable of doing damage.

      Well, that rules out Hillary Clinton, too...

Re:Who the hell cares? (1)

pokerdad (1124121) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732521)

If we all would just ignore this nutjob, he'd eventually go away.

If by "we all" you mean the main stream media, then sure. If you mean Slashdot, then no.

I'm sure he doesn't know or care how much coverage he gets on a website meant for the very people he opposes.

Please Don't Feed The Trolls (2, Insightful)

zodar (141552) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731367)

Can we stop giving Jack Thompson coverage so he can slide back under his rock and disappear?

Disbarment proceedings? (1)

sinner6 (884407) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731373)

According to wikipedia disbarment proceedings were filed, but doesn't mention any resolution.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Thompson_(attorney)#The_Florida_Bar [wikipedia.org]

I know the law can move really slow but how long do such proceedings take? Any court watchers have any inside info or analysis?

Self-describing (2, Funny)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731413)

IMHO Jack Thompson is a nuisance to the public himself.

Did you read the complaint? (4, Funny)

strredwolf (532) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731497)

I took a look through it, and one thing struck me odd:

Jack says (in the lawsuit filing) that the release date for Halo 3 is: October 25th, 2007.

Real release date? Tomorrow.

FAIL, Jack. FAIL.

Re:Did you read the complaint? (1)

blueturffan (867705) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731991)

I consulted three calendars and this line

by strredwolf (532) on Mon Sep 24, '07 11:40 AM (#20731497)

and I am quite certain that tomorrow will be September 25th.

Re:Did you read the complaint? (1)

glindsey (73730) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732163)

Jack says (in the lawsuit filing) that the release date for Halo 3 is: October 25th, 2007.

Real release date? Tomorrow.
"Oh man, I can't believe we spaced on the date!"

Well then ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20731781)

does that mean someone can legally declare Jack Thompson as a nuisance?

The real public nusiance (2, Funny)

jelton (513109) | more than 6 years ago | (#20731799)

Jack Thompson is the real public nusiance.

FYI (3, Insightful)

BytePusher (209961) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732237)

I read through Mr. Thomson's COMPLAINT FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF AND FOR BREACH OF AGREEMENT to see what he was complaining about. Otherwise he is seeking legal action for Best Buy not obeying a settlement they agreed upon:

13. When plaintiff first filed an action similar to this in Miami-Dade Circuit Court it was against defendant Best Buy to stop the sale of "Mature-rated" video games at its stores to customers under the age of 17. Best Buy settled that suit by agreeing to henceforth age ID any customer who appeared to be 21 years of age or younger in order to intercept and prevent any sales to anyone under 17. Best Buy announced this new policy nationwide.

I'm not a lawyer, but I think this is the "Breach of Agreement" part of his complaint. I suspect he has a case for this portion of his complaint.

Below is the stuff about the game itself:

9. Halo 3 is a video game that allows the virtual reality player to rehearse violent acts resulting in the death of one's virtual victims. Lee Boyd Malvo, the younger of the two "DC Beltway Snipers" was trained on Halo to kill residents within Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. His "mentor," John Muhammad, knew the efficacy of the first Halo video game in this regard, because the Army in which he served used this same murder simulator to train snipers to kill. Malvo learned well on Halo.

10. The role of Microsoft's Halo in the "DC Beltway Snipings" was reported on NBC News and was introduced into evidence in the trial of Lee Boyd Malvo.

11. The proof as to the causal nexus between violence simulation video games and real-world violence is legion, but one of the more notable proofs is found in the August 2005 Report of the American Psychological Association that establishes the direct causal link between violent teenaged video game play and teenagers' aggression. The recent U. S. Supreme Court case of Roper v. Simmons, which struck down the juvenile death penalty, cites the brain scan studies similar to those coming out of Harvard, Indiana, and Michigan State Universities that prove that these violent games are processed in a different part of the brain in adolescents and teens than in adults, and it is the sector of the brain that leads of teen violence copycatting these violent games like Halo 3.

Where does he get the money from? (1)

MLCT (1148749) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732379)

Obviously he doesn't have lawyer costs, but he dose have court costs and the other financial penalties (such as loosing a case and being forced to pay the other sides costs). Where is the money coming to fund all of this? Have far right "moral authority" groups set up a slush fund for him? Filing suit after suit can't go on for ever.

READ HIS LAWSUIT (1)

unixluv (696623) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732473)

If anyone bothered to read his lawsuit, he is not out to ban the game. What he wants is MS and Best Buy to not sell it to anyone under 18. As a parent, I can respect that.

Vexatious litigant (1)

CountBrass (590228) | more than 6 years ago | (#20732789)

In the UK there is the concept of a vexatious litigant, if the court decides you are one then you can no-longer initiate legal action of any kind. I assume that is the case in the US and was wondering if there were moves afoot to have Jack Thompson declared one?
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