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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
TO: JOHN BRUCE THOMPSON
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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Florida Bar
By azzameae on 2/22/2008 6:23:10 PM , Rating: 2
Just to clarify a previous post, the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners are for all intents and purposes one and the same. The Florida Bar is an "Administrative Board of the Florida Supreme Court". The Court sets the rules and the the Bar follows them out. The Court generally establishes committees and has a full time staff to carry out its instructions. This is how almost all Courts and State Bar organizations function, though I think some Bars are established legislatively.

Also, the Florida Supreme Court has a near unlimited power in punishing and expelling its members. If he plans on making a first amendment claim (only one possible as far as I can tell), he is likely to be reminded that his membership in the bar is predicated on his behavior, and that his first amendment rights do not extend to violating Florida rules of civil procedure and our ethics requirements. Best of luck to him :)




RE: Florida Bar
By werepossum on 2/22/2008 6:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
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.


This should be hilarious, as Thompson could not deconstruct a Lego tower IMHO. It's especially cute that he intends to do this by filing a lawsuit in a new court; I guess showing cause was a non-starter? It's a bit disconcerting though that he starts in first person and then, without warning, shifts to third person. Multiple personalities, perhaps?


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