Jack Thompson speaks at a debate held at the California University of Pennsylvania  (Source: Wikipedia)
Thompson's lawyering could meet a swift end

Jack Thompson, the Florida videogame lawyer-crusader that everyone loves to hate, may see an end to his legal career – compliments of a particularly obstinate Florida Judge.

Bucking the Florida Bar’s recommendation of a 10-year disbarment, Judge Dava Tunis upped the ante and recommended nothing short of a lifetime, permanent ban on Jack Thompson’s ability to practice law in the state of Florida.

“Over a very extended period of time involving a number of totally unrelated cases and individuals, the Respondent has demonstrated a pattern of conduct to strike out harshly, extensively, repeatedly and willfully to simply try to bring as much difficulty, distraction and anguish to those he considers in opposition to his causes,” wrote Tunis.

“He does not proceed within the guidelines of appropriate professional behavior, but rather uses other means available to intimidate, harass, or bring public disrepute to those whom he perceives oppose him.”

Her recommendations come as part of a whopping 169-page document (PDF) that all but crucifies Thompson, citing him for his conduct throughout a history of fighting obscenity in music, radio, and video games.

Thompson previously walked out of his a disbarment hearing, citing Tunis’ supposed lack of authority to hear the case due to an “invalid” loyalty oath – Thompson and a team of legal researchers claim to have found that “none” of Florida’s elected officials appointed since 2000 have a valid candidate oath. Further, this supposed oversight violates a handful of Florida criminal anarchy and treason statutes, including a law against impersonating public officers regarded as a 3rd degree felony.

The final verdict on Thompson won’t come down until September, and, in the words of The Escapist, “it seems very likely that his career as an attorney is over.” Even if he is barred from practicing law, Thompson has made a healthy side career out of public appearances and speaking engagements, appearing on everything from Fox News to California University of Pennsylvania. Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if he decides continues his crusade by proxy, using other attorneys to negate the effects of a disbarment.

Finally, it’s worth noting that Thompson has had a long-running beef with the Florida Bar, as well: in 1992, he attacked the Bar’s constitutionality after accusing it of keeping a vendetta against him due to his religious beliefs. He eventually settled that matter out-of-court, in return for a $20,000 check.

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