Even After Being Disbarred, Jack Thompson Can File Misguided Mistargeted Lawsuits

from the good-luck,-Jack dept

Ah, Jack Thompson. The lawyer who made a name for himself years ago by trying to misdirect the blame for pretty much any violent action by any teenager by claiming that it was "the video games' fault" has since been disbarred, and last we heard was getting scolded by Utah state politicians -- the one state where politicians were still putting up with his unsubstantiated claims. And, of course, through it all he continues to claim that everyone is out to get him -- with various video game blogs being a favorite target.

Of course, even though he's been disbarred, it doesn't mean he can't continue filing misguided lawsuits on a pro se basis -- and that's what he's done now. Eric Goldman alerts us to the news that Jack Thompson is now suing Facebook because some people on Facebook have said some mean stuff about him. Now, there's no doubt that some people online have said incredibly mean and hateful things about Jack, and may have made statements that are potentially threatening. But, apparently, while filing all of these lawsuits and getting disbarred, Jack Thompson never bothered to read Section 230 of the CDA, which protects the service provider (such as, say, Facebook) from the actions of its users. Details, apparently, are not Thompson's strong suit:
There's a bit in there where he suggests that there's some massive organized campaign against him, rather than just a bunch of random people having fun with him, because they appear to think he's a bit out to lunch.


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    Anonymous Poster, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 4:07pm

    Jack Thompson is a blithering idiot and a plight on both the American legal system and intelligent, free-thinking people in general. He should be confined to a lunatic asylum until his death to protect humanity.

    (Jack Thompson vs. Techdirt in 3...2...1...)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 4:11pm

    From what I've read so far, the conspiracy includes Take-Two, Penny Arcade, Facebook, the Constitution, flowers, bad parents, the internets, the aliens from District 9, Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, Thompson's neighbors, Stephen Colbert, and the Church of Scientology.

     

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    Anonymous Poster, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 4:12pm

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    You forgot Vince McMahon.

     

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    Yakko Warner, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 4:14pm

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    That's odd. He left out the Florida Judicial System.

     

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    Master Chief, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 4:15pm

    Obvious misdirect

    He is just trying to get someone else to use the violence in video games as a defense for their aggressive action. This guy is brilliant!

    He should also sue "crowd sourcing" since there is an organized campaign against him on the inter-web thingy.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 4:22pm

    Declare Him A “Vexatious Litigant”

    Do you have that concept in the US?

     

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    Chunky Vomit, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 4:46pm

    You forgot the adjective mistarded.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 4:55pm

    If we don't put a stop to violent video games all chaos will break loose and the world will end. It will be doomsday all over again, just like how the dinosaurs went extinct.

     

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    Matt (profile), Sep 30th, 2009 @ 5:21pm

    Re: Declare Him A �Vexatious Litigant�

    State-specific. Some have fee-shifting rules that make stupid plaintiffs pay the attorney fees of successful defendants. In federal court, it depends on the substantive law of the case. I have not read this complaint, so no idea if vexatious conduct will matter.

    In some states, including mine, a person can be declared a vexatious litigant and thereafter requires court approval before he can file any action. Only one person has ever been so declared, and it was because he was suing the judges themselves.

     

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    WarOtter (profile), Sep 30th, 2009 @ 5:28pm

    Must be karma

    Must be some sort of weird cosmic karma. I referenced JT in a post elsewhere yesterday, and today there is a news story about him.

     

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    Lucretious, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 6:22pm

    what kills me is that the very blogs that he accuses of attacking him have gone out of their way to be cordial and have given him plenty of space to spout his moronic rhetoric. Kotaku, Destructoid, Gamepolitics, etc have given him far more courtesy than the guy deserves.

     

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    Devin, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 6:27pm

    Hmm

    You know, as idiotic as his claims may be, people go way too far. There is absolutely no reason to threaten the guy. I think people's actions almost make his case look even more realistic when these dumb kids who love their FPS and other violence-oriented games decide to harass him and threaten him, even if it is indirectly like on Facebook.

    Threatening people is childish, but it should be taken seriously and as much as I dislike Jack Thompson's views, I completely agree that something has to be done to show threatening people is NOT okay.

    Quite a few people have been hurt or even died from scandals on social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace, like the girl who committed suicide after a neighbor woman pretended to be a young good-looking boy on Myspace, then 'broke up' with the girl, telling her that her life was worthless and she should kill herself. Granted, it is probably either the psycho woman's fault for being crazy in the head, or the parents' fault for not knowing what was going on, or not raising their daughter to believe in herself and not need boys to feel good about herself, but the social networking sites seriously need to be forced to hold some form of responsibility if they are just going to let things like threats--or worse--happen. Dare I say, we need internet police? A crazy concept, but innocent and unwitting people are being hurt by the nut-cases who use the internet as their weapon of choice.

    In the end, the internet is a dangerous place, and as much as I agree with free speech and all of that, there is a line that has been crossed many times now.

     

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    Devin, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 6:39pm

    Hmm

    You know, as idiotic as his claims may be, people go way too far. There is absolutely no reason to threaten the guy. I think people's actions almost make his case look even more realistic when these dumb kids who love their FPS and other violence-oriented games decide to harass him and threaten him, even if it is indirectly like on Facebook.

    Threatening people is childish, but it should be taken seriously and as much as I dislike Jack Thompson's views, I completely agree that something has to be done to show threatening people is NOT okay.

    Quite a few people have been hurt or even died from scandals on social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace, like the girl who committed suicide after a neighbor woman pretended to be a young good-looking boy on Myspace, then 'broke up' with the girl, telling her that her life was worthless and she should kill herself. Granted, it is probably either the psycho woman's fault for being crazy in the head, or the parents' fault for not knowing what was going on, or not raising their daughter to believe in herself and not need boys to feel good about herself, but the social networking sites seriously need to be forced to hold some form of responsibility if they are just going to let things like threats--or worse--happen. Dare I say, we need internet police? A crazy concept, but innocent and unwitting people are being hurt by the nut-cases who use the internet as their weapon of choice.

    In the end, the internet is a dangerous place, and as much as I agree with free speech and all of that, there is a line that has been crossed many times now.

     

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    jjmsan (profile), Sep 30th, 2009 @ 7:08pm

    Re: Re:

    Actually, he just recently filed a complaint against the president of the Florida Bar Association

     

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    Steve, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 7:47pm

    I agree with Devin, but ...

    is the restriction against Jack filing papers in Florida without the signature of another attorney in good standing still in force?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 10:28pm

    screw you Jack Thompson! Your not a damn lawyer anymore because you violated it. Now shut up and get a job at McD's and leave law to the lawyers.

    Sue me if you don't like it, Good luck with that.

     

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    Lucretious, Oct 1st, 2009 @ 2:04am

    Re: Hmm

    ....but the social networking sites seriously need to be forced to hold some form of responsibility if they are just going to let things like threats--or worse--happen.

    You are either incredibly naive or just trolling.

    So you beleive enacting some kind of legislation is going to stop people from being (and there's no other word for it) assholes? You don't see any kind of slippery slope insofar as free speech is concerned? Do you realize the amount of content that users put up on Facebook daily? It numbers in the tens of millions. Facebook is simply a tool to let people connect and is no more responsible for "allowing" that girls death than it is for juvenile idiots threatening Thompson. That's why the Safe Harbors legislation was enacted. While the girls death is tragic, she could have reacted the same way to a phone call or a handwritten letter. Would you then accuse Verizon or the US Postal Service of "allowing" it to happen?

     

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    athe, Oct 1st, 2009 @ 2:21am

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    Yes, they were all killed the RROD...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 1st, 2009 @ 3:31am

    Re: Hmm

    people go way too far?

    i think you're just taking things too seriously. virtually everything written on the internet is either false or sarcastic. the proof is even in your own email. do you really think "hot sluts are waiting for your massive man meat right now"?

     

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    Irate Pirate, Oct 1st, 2009 @ 4:25am

    Video games make me aggresive!

    Well, not really. The only ones that make me pissed off and aggressive are the badly designed and/or buggy ones. They make me yell at the TV and curse the developers. :)

     

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    Nick Coghlan, Oct 1st, 2009 @ 4:46am

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    Don't forget Penn & Teller (Jack had a starring role in their Bullshit! episode about violence in video games).

     

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    bobb, Oct 1st, 2009 @ 6:15am

    To Bad

    We don't have a federal slap law just for tools like this.

     

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    Free Capitalist (profile), Oct 1st, 2009 @ 7:22am

    Jack Thompson is a victim

    If Jack had only resisted the temptation and not played "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney"...

     

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    Philip (profile), Oct 1st, 2009 @ 7:52am

    Re: Hmm

    but the social networking sites seriously need to be forced to hold some form of responsibility if they are just going to let things like threats--or worse--happen.

    You may be onto something there! We may want to also look into enforcing phone companies to take responsibility for threats over the phone, too. Oh wait...that's right, that would be illegal. And why would it be legal on Facebook? Not to mention we're not even talking completely within US borders anymore.

    You do know there are already current laws in place for serious threats on life, right? And I do mean serious. Imagine the world if you got arrested every time you said "I'm gonna kill you!" even though you really had no intent to do so.

    Yes, the world is full of childish antics, but you know what? That's life. Learn to live with it and not take it so personal.

     

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