What Video Game Must The Florida Bar Have Played To Want To Disbar Jack Thompson?
from the what-goes-around-comes-around dept
Well, it’s been a little while since blame-the-video-game lawyer Jack Thompson has been in the news, but a gaming news site has turned up some interesting news: Thompson’s facing a disciplinary hearing from the Florida Bar, and could lose his license to practice law (via Destructoid). Three of the five complaints against him stem from his involvement in case in Alabama, where he was the lawyer for the families of two police officers and a dispatcher who were killed by an 18-year-old. Thompson, of course, blamed the Grand Theft Auto video game, and tried to further his pet cause by representing the families in a suit against several companies in the game industry. However, the judge in that case tossed Thompson from it and suspended his visiting license to practice law in Alabama. Thompson responded by accusing the judge of accepting bribes, and being part of a vast game-industry-driven conspiracy against him. Now, Thompson says he’s got nothing to fear because the hearing in front of the Florida Supreme Court won’t happen, since he’s sued the Bar. While he won’t share any details of the lawsuit, there’s a good chance it mimics an earlier suit against them, which a judge rejected by noting it had nothing but “wild accusations of a vast conspiracy against him that the Bar is unfairly proceeding against him.” While Thompson certainly has every right to voice his opinion on video-game violence (and make an ass of himself in the process), it seems pretty obvious that he’s been allowed far too much leeway in the courts and with law enforcement, so some sort of rebuke or censure would certainly seem to be in order.