Florida attorney Jack Thompson has been a thorn in the side of the gaming industry for a long time now, and it seems the Florida Bar has no love for him, either. Thompson has been found guilty of 27 counts of professional misconduct, and last week he had his day in court to receive his judicial spanking. It’s no surprise that the judge recommended an enhanced disbarment and a mandatory wait of ten years before Thompson can reapply. What will Jack do during his period of mandatory retirement since he won’t be able to file ludicrous motions and prance around courtrooms in an official capacity? Most likely he’ll still show up on any conservative news program that wants a vacant talking head to spout inaccuracies, quote flawed statistics, and espouse the evils of gaming. Failing that, he seems passionate about moving furniture, based on the transcript of his June 4 hearing:
JT: May I move the podium?
JUDGE: No. Just everybody leave it in one spot. That’s the way we usually do it in the courtroom.
JT: Can we change that one spot? No?
JUDGE: I’d prefer that you leave it right there.
JT: Nice. Can I pivot it?
JUDGE: Is that what you’d like, sir?
JT: I’m asking you.
JUDGE: Okay. That’s fine.
JT: I was allowed to move it before.
After playing with the furniture, throwing around some paperwork, and getting scolded for not playing nicely, Thompson picked up his toys and went home. GamePolitics has the exclusive transcript of the proceedings, which surely would have been amusing to witness in person. The hearing turned to standard legalese after Thompson’s exodus, a much less colorful affair than when he was in the courtroom. It just proves that every court is more amusing with a jester.
You can see the exclusive transcript here: GamePolitics