Jack Thompson's Latest Suit Ridiculous By Even His Standards
from the the-lady-holding-the-scales-of-justice-cringes dept
You sort of have to admire Jack Thompson, the “blame the video game” lawyer: just when you think he can’t get any more ridiculous, he goes and outdoes himself by accusing a number of video-game web sites of racketeering. Several days ago, Thompson was sued by his favorite target, Take-Two Interactive, makers of the Grand Theft Auto series and other games, in an attempt to head off his inevitable attempts to block the release of two of its upcoming games. Thompson, of course, saw another opportunity to do some pro bono marketing work for the company, and filed a countersuit, written in his own inimitable style, in which he suggests the company is behind a “vast conspiracy to deprive [him] of his civil rights”. Thompson has alleged before that certain media outlets have been paid off by Take-Two — you know, places that are generally regarded as less than credible, like The New York Times, USA Today and Reuters — but the racketeering allegations are a new twist. The world-vs.-Jack conspiracy isn’t anything new, since he’s even gone so far as to accuse an Alabama judge (who tossed him from representing a case there) as being paid off by the game industry, allegations which have gotten him in some hot water with the Florida Bar. It’s easy to understand Take-Two’s frustration with Thompson, and it’s hard to understand why he continues to be allowed to use the legal system as his personal plaything.