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Jack Thompson About To Go Out of Business

Date/Time Permalink: 05/21/08 01:38:08 pm
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Ars Technica shares with us a moment to lift the spirits of gamers everywhere:

"In early 2007 the Florida Bar filed a five count, 38-page complaint against Florida Lawyer Jack Thompson, seeking sanctions against the outspoken critic of video games." ... "The trial ended in December 2007, and the verdict was expected in late April of this year. Judge Dava Tunis had asked for an extension in order to, among other things, deal with 400 'pleadings, e-mails, letters and missives (including pictorials)' sent by Thompson since the end of the trial. Judge Tunis has now released her report, with recommendations that Thompson be found guilty of 27 of the 31 charges."

That's... let's see here... how do I feel about this? I'll let Mark Slackmeyer from Doonesbury sum it up for me:

guilty guilty guilty!

Boy am I going to miss this guy! Never has there been a more flamboyant public descent into insanity as the story of J.T., over such a trivial issue. Never has more attention to what is really wrong with this sick society been diverted to such a red herring as blaming crime on video games. Never have so many otherwise rational people been so mislead by so much smoke. Why, I specifically got my kids playing first-person shooters just because to do so opposes all that the Jack Thompsons of this world stand for.

I kind of regret that he didn't take up his sword against FOSS instead of video games, because that would have made him my problem directly, and I would have had ever so much more fun with him.

But here's the nougat center of the article, the picture book described at

"The court described one of Thompson's recent filings in detail. He dubbed it a 'children's picture book for adults,' interspersing images with text in his motion due to 'the court's inability to comprehend' his arguments. Images included 'swastikas, kangaroos in court, a reproduced dollar bill, cartoon squirrels, Paul Simon, Paul Newman, Ray Charles, a handprint with the word 'slap' written under it, Bar Governor Benedict P. Kuehne, a baby, Ed Bradley, Jack Nicholson, Justice Clarence Thomas, Julius Caesar, monkeys, a house of cards,' the order said."

Oooooh, do I want a PDF copy of that! I want to contrast and compare it with Charles Manson's sketches! I want to print it out and color it! How about it, lazyweb? Got a link to a torrent for me?

UPDATE 5/25/08: Thanks to commenter "Anonymous" (who is one busy guy out there on the web!) who found a copy of the picture book posted in a forum. It turns out that he just included pictures/photos clipped apparently from the web and assembled in a text editor. Bummers! I was hoping for hand-drawn images on stained notebook paper in smeary ball-point ink, as would befit a true Luddite.

Still, it has its high points. good find!

Update 9/25/08: - And lo, it came to pass... Jack Thompson is disbarred!!! Not only that, but he can never reapply! Ever ever ever! Note the Slashdot link, demonstrating a rare instance of the dingdongthewitchisdead tag!

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