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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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Influences not Imposes.
By Alazar on 2/25/2008 12:06:09 PM , Rating: 2
The theme that our dear friend Jack-O wants to get at is that video games CAUSE the problems society faces.

This is a gross mis-statement. People, like Jack here, seem to not understand that a video game does not cause a person to do anything. This argument falls under the same category as gun violence. People want to play the blame game and foist off their issues against something else in order to avoid their own shortcomings.

The gun's simple existance does not make the person go and shoot someone. Likewise, a violent video game does not make people go and shoot someone. These things do not "impose" their will/intent on anyone since they have no will. It's the free will of the person to go and kill someone.

On the other hand a game can INFLUENCE people. If you're raised in a violent neighborhood chances are you'll be influenced to be violent yourself. As I'm sure it has been stated, the people who are linked with violence and violent video games often have some sort of mental issue prior to. The game may or may not be a deciding influence.

But, like all influences, it is up to the free will of the person to rise above or submit to that influence.

Games don't kill people. People kill people.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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