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Thompson given until March 5th to prove that he has not "abused the legal system"

Whenever a tragedy occurs, it is virtually a given that Florida attorney Jack Thompson is making a beeline for the nearest media outlet to voice his predictable opinion that video games were the cause of the violent outburst, and has made several attempts to use the legal system to further his cause; however, the Florida Supreme Court appears to be striking back.

GamePolitics, who has had no shortage of communication with Thompson in the past, is reporting that Thompson himself has forwarded the Florida Supreme Court's "Order to Show Cause" that was sent to Thompson's office earlier this week, and has posted the following excerpt from the email exchange:

02/19/2008  ORDER-SHOW CAUSE
It appears to the Court that you have abused the legal system by submitting numerous frivolous and inappropriate filings in this Court.

Therefore, it is ordered that you shall show cause on or before March 5, 2008, why this Court should not find that you have abused the legal system process and impose upon you a sanction for abusing the legal system, including, but not limited to directing the Clerk of this Court to reject for filing any future pleadings, petitions, motions, letters, documents, or other filings submitted to this Court by you unless signed by a member of The Florida Bar other than yourself.
The phrase "numerous frivolous and inappropriate filings" stands out to any member of the gaming community familiar with Mr. Thompson's less-than-stellar record in attempting to sway the gaming industry. Mr. Thompson's vitriolic response was both equally amusing and confusing, as he the eggs on the very court that serves him the notice:
This is the single greatest gift that any court has ever given me in my 31 years of practicing law.  I shall now, through a new federal lawsuit, deconstruct The Florida Bar ... This court has threatened Thompson. He does not threaten back. He hereby informs this court that he will see it in federal court.

The Florida court is looking forward to this appearance.

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RE: Ignore?
By glenn8 on 2/22/2008 1:01:21 PM , Rating: 2
Not true. I see plenty of articles about this guy from various gaming sites. Message boards included.

RE: Ignore?
By Chris Peredun on 2/22/2008 1:05:50 PM , Rating: 5
Not true. I see plenty of articles about this guy from various gaming sites.

Granted, but the articles on gaming sites - or any sites with gamers writing for them - tend to focus more on the absolute absurdity of his claims and highlighting them for the entertainment of the readers, vis-a-vis a breaking news announcement of "Monkey seen flinging feces and gibbering incoherently; more at 11."

RE: Ignore?
By glenn8 on 2/22/2008 1:13:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I see what you're saying. But from my experience people with attention issues tend to like any kind of attention. We're talking about a guy so delusional he's challenging the Bar. He probably thinks people who laugh at him do so because deep down they fear he is right.

RE: Ignore?
By Chris Peredun on 2/22/2008 1:21:09 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, the "negative attention is still attention" idea seems to be one that Thompson subscribes to. Mind you, the higher he builds his house of cards, the funnier it will be when someone turns on the ceiling fan.

RE: Ignore?
By FITCamaro on 2/22/2008 1:34:34 PM , Rating: 3
Exactly. Look at Tom Green.

RE: Ignore?
By BrownJohn on 2/22/2008 3:41:01 PM , Rating: 5
I'd rather not, thank you.

RE: Ignore?
By murphyslabrat on 2/22/2008 1:21:53 PM , Rating: 2
That may be it. Deep down, I feel that violent video-games really are destroying our community. Fortunately for me, I just got my copy of Crysis. I have a project and an exam due Monday, but after that the community-destroying can commence.

RE: Ignore?
By ImSpartacus on 2/24/2008 7:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
Any publicity is good publicity.

RE: Ignore?
By cubby1223 on 2/23/2008 3:28:51 AM , Rating: 2
Not true. I see plenty of articles about this guy from various gaming sites. Message boards included.

If he didn't have the attention from major media outlets, he wouldn't have the level of attention from gaming sites.

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