Jack Thompson gets disbarred
"Disbarred for 10 years, maybe permanantely. Could this be the death knell for Jack Thompson's Crusade against video gaming?"
Published: 27th September 2008 | Source: Kokatu |
Well Done Jack!
For those of you who maybe haven't heard of him, Jack Thompson is an American lawyer , and is the bane of the gaming industry. He has launched repeated high profile attacks on the gaming industry, and in particular the Grand Theft Auto series of games, due to his own Christian beliefs. He was even part of a legal team who tried to prove that GTA was responsible for 18 year old Devin Moore's shooting of three US cops in 2003, and were acting on behalf of Moore's family.
It seems now though that the reputation he has earned is coming back to bite him in the bum, as he has just been disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court. This means that in 30 days time, he will be banned from practicing law in the state of Florida for the next ten years at least. It appears though that he hasn't taken the ruling laying down and he lodged a 4,500 word response in writing at the disbarment hearing, before walking out of the hearing before it had concluded. He was pretty scathing of the Florida Bar, and the disbarment process and eventually the reply ended in quotes from the bible.
The judge who presided over the hearing, Dava Tunis, has recommended to the bar that the disbarment should be made permanent and that Jack Thompson should also be fined $43,000. Thompson was eventually found guilty of 27 out of 31 charges of misconduct, arising when he was involved in the Devin Moore case. Despite the case being found against him, we are sure this will not be the last we hear of Jack Thompson.