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Jack Thompson Faces Disciplinary Hearing 231

Posted by Zonk
from the disbarment-we-can-only-hope dept.
CoolC writes "Gamepolitics is reporting that attorney Jack Thompson is to face a disciplinary hearing before the Florida Supreme Court. The attorney faces five counts of professional misconduct, three of which are correlated with his ongoing campaign against violent video games. Thompson faces the possibility of disciplinary action up to and including disbarment."
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Jack Thompson Faces Disciplinary Hearing

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  • Re:i'm hoping... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by chaosite (930734) on Sunday February 04, 2007 @05:53AM (#17880132)
    First of all, its not gruesome death, just the loss of an unneeded appendage. Second, its not just that I don't agree with Jack Thompson - the man is disgusting in his conduct.

    http://www.g4tv.com/attackoftheshow/blog/post/6292 72/Jack_Thompson_vs_Adam_Sessler.html [g4tv.com]
  • Finally justice. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Trendy.Ideology (1058410) on Sunday February 04, 2007 @06:00AM (#17880164)
    At least actions like these will (hopefully) help to dissuade people from just blindly attacking and blaming videogames for everything that goes wrong in thier lives... Holding this person accountable for his gross misconduct is the first step towards really making progress against all these anti-videogame warmongering dimwits. It's about time someone put thier foot down and said "No." to all these figureheads shooting thier mouth off without knowing what the hell they're talking about.
  • Re:i'm hoping... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Zeinfeld (263942) on Sunday February 04, 2007 @08:28AM (#17880642) Homepage
    Reading through the comments it appears that his statements may well be the result of something other than his ideology. Such things happen. Quite why Slashdot has to treat each one as if it were an existential threat is beyond me.
  • Re:Finally justice. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by BakaHoushi (786009) <Goss.Sean@nOSPaM.gmail.com> on Sunday February 04, 2007 @08:37AM (#17880676) Homepage
    If you believe that this will help end people blaming other things on their problems, I've got this great Bridge in Brooklyn I'm itching to sell cheap.

    But seriously, before video games, it was rap music (in fact, it still sorta is), D&D, comic books, rock and roll, movies... And if you want to go back far enough in history, violence was caused by witches and Jews.

    Color me cynical, but as much as I'd love to stop seeing parents blame todays massive surge in teen violence (which, if I may be so bold, would like to point out DOESN'T EXIST. Despite school shootings being all over the news, these are still isolated incidents and overall, youth violence is way, WAY down) on video games, I know it'll only be temporary. Something will ALWAYS be society's scapegoat. In recent years, it's felt like America is easily the worst when it comes to this random blame-game (if simply because I have friends in Europe who point out lawyers don't carry the same negative stigma over the pond, where many of these lawsuits would be laughed out of court), but it's still all over the world. In 2010, gay marriage will be causing all of society's ills. In 2015, it'll be gay divorce. In 2600, it will be people who haven't converted from Christianity to Oprahism, and in 4576, it will be those of us that refuse to welcome our new cockroach overlords.

    Wherever people go, the scapegoat will always be right behind. ...All the same, even though in the long run, it will change little, I can't wait to see this jerkoff finally get what he has coming to him.
  • Re:Meh... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by aussie_a (778472) on Sunday February 04, 2007 @10:27AM (#17881110) Journal

    or the people who want everything totally free and unregulated, no matter the consequences,
    I have not seen anyone on this article put forth this opinion. The "problem" is, no-one has proven there are any consequences so people wanting everything totally free and unregulated no matter the consequences look exactly the same as those who want everything free barring no bad consequences.
  • Re:i'm hoping... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Tim C (15259) on Sunday February 04, 2007 @12:04PM (#17881682)
    I assume you're trying to make a pun, but I don't think dismemberment [cambridge.org] means what you think it does. While the definition doesn't call for it, the word certainly has (for me at least) connotations of a gruesome death.
  • Re:Department (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Rodness (168429) on Sunday February 04, 2007 @12:54PM (#17881980)
    Personally, I think his sentence should include cross dressing in a hooker's outfit, getting picked up by someone in a sports car, getting fucked, dumped, gunned down, and then run over.

    That'd be fantastic.
  • by merc (115854) <slashdot@upt.org> on Sunday February 04, 2007 @01:13PM (#17882074) Homepage
    This guy didn't just wake up one morning and get hit by an Atari 2600 being thrown out of a window. What happened that made him such an ardent opponent of gaming?

    John Walsh from "America's Most Wanted" is motivated by what happened to his son, what happened to Thompson?
  • Re: I'm hoping... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Sj0 (472011) on Sunday February 04, 2007 @01:22PM (#17882120) Homepage Journal
    What are you talking about? He pressed a button. There's nothing violent about pressing a button.

    NOW, sending tens of thousands of troops to a foreign country in a war of aggression and occupation and subjugation which results in 40,000 civilian casualties. THAT is violent.

    But I guess context is a silly thing. We don't need that.
  • by MightyMartian (840721) on Sunday February 04, 2007 @01:25PM (#17882144) Journal

    This guy didn't just wake up one morning and get hit by an Atari 2600 being thrown out of a window. What happened that made him such an ardent opponent of gaming?

    John Walsh from "America's Most Wanted" is motivated by what happened to his son, what happened to Thompson?

    He's an attention addict, who keeps getting his fix because everyone keeps on paying attention to him long after it's clear he's an immoral lunatic.

  • by Khyber (864651) <techkitsune@gmail.com> on Sunday February 04, 2007 @03:33PM (#17883046) Homepage Journal
    You don't need a license in order to represent anyone, as anyone can be your lawyer, given enough knowledge of any situation and the related laws.

    Only a fool represents himself. Jack Thompson will more than likely continue practicing, no matter where he is.
  • Re:i'm hoping... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by NormalVisual (565491) on Sunday February 04, 2007 @04:31PM (#17883346)
    He won't get disbarred unfortunately

    The difference is that he's before the FL Supreme Court now, the same people that just two months ago fired a renegade district judge for egregious behavior when no one else would. They don't seem to tolerate such misbehavior very much, especially when presented with a record like Thompson's. Here's hoping he's forced to find an alternate career. :-D
  • Re:Are you sure? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by dbIII (701233) on Monday February 05, 2007 @02:27AM (#17887148)
    I don't think so - they would be branded userers and heretics in the Dark Ages. The very Religeous Freedom they don't wish others to have is the only reason these Christianity Lite groups could form without persecution.

    By the way, I'm agnostic, but remain confused by the radical right wing Christian groups that appear to have lost the second half of their book somewhere and ignore most of the first half.

  • Wrong with America (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Khammurabi (962376) on Monday February 05, 2007 @10:08AM (#17889554)

    Damn, this guy is the ultimate sleezeball. If you ask me. Jack Thompson is a shining example of everything wrong with America these days (bigoted, sue-happy, uninformed but with LOUD AND STRONG OPINIONS).
    While clearly an idiot, the fact that people like Jack Thompson still exist in America at least gives me some comfort that free speech is not being infringed on. It gives me solace that our democracy has not yet gone down an irreparable path.

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