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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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Devil's Advocate
By artemicion on 2/22/2008 10:45:24 PM , Rating: 1
For the most part, I'm ok with violence/sleeze in video games, but just since the tech/gamer community seems to be so fervently anti-censorship I do want to pose a few questions.
First off, I'm not convinced that violent video games ARE NOT a significant causal factor in violent tendencies in people. Most gamer arguments are anecdotal: "I played CS, and I don't kill people", or "I have X number of friends who played GTA and none of them kill people" which isn't convincing, in a global sense. What if violent tendencies could be measured on a scale and violent video games pushes you some negligible amount toward the violent side, which, as gamers, we could defend by saying, "oh it has a de minimis effect on people overall so it's ok". Or maybe .01% of the population because their genes or the way they were brought up are susceptible to the influence of violent video games. Maybe gamers defend by saying, "oh 99.99% of the population shouldn't have to sacrifice their right to play violent video games to accommodate .01% of the population." Or maybe we just blame the parents (gamers love blaming the parents -_- though I would ask how likely you would stop playing video games just because your parents told you to. Personally, I told my parents to shove off when they tried to get me to stop playing Doom 1).
Just throwing some talking points out there.




RE: Devil's Advocate
By FITCamaro on 2/23/2008 10:21:20 AM , Rating: 2
Nearly all cases where someone who commits a violent act and plays video games, they all have some emotional or psychological problems to begin with. Do video games affect them in a negative way that might drive them to do something which they wouldn't do if they didn't play them? Possibly. But someone like that should not be playing said games to start with if thats the case.

You can't say violent video games should not be made because .0001% of people who have other mental problems might get more violent from playing them.

As far as the parental side, good parents don't merely tell their kid not to play something. They don't let their kid play it period. If the kid tries to, they ground them and spank their ass with a belt. Besides, if you raised your kids right, they'll listen to you. Good parenting starts at birth. Not when theres an issue. My parents did everything right with me. With my brother, they screwed up a bit and were too lax.


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