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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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RE: Ignore?
By senbassador on 3/1/2008 9:22:37 PM , Rating: 2
"The best way to lose your argument is to overstate it."

I forgot who said that. While it is true that short term changes to your attitude can come from video games, TV, etc, an argument that the changes will be permanent is a bit flaky. I also think you're overstating the argument of teenagers being impressionable. Maybe in the short term, but if you go on to stop playing them for half a year or so, or even less, I doubt you'd get statistically significant differences. I'd like to see some honest study comparing 25 year olds who played violent games when they were 15 verses those who haven't; verses studies of 15 years who play them verse 15 year olds who don't.

I also think your watching porn 8 hours a day scenario is a bit extreme. Seriously, if you have 8 hours a day to blow off on porn or something else equally stupid, porn is probably the least of your problems. I doubt even teenagers have that much spare time.


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