Jack Thompson to be Disbarred

In more general news, Jack Thompson – attorney at large well known for his anti-gamist attitude – is to be disbarred, GamePolitics reports.

In her report, the referee states: Over a very extended period of time involving a number of totally unrelated cases and individuals, [r]espondent has demonstrated a pattern of conduct to strike out harshly, extensively, repeatedly and willfully to simply try to bring as much difficulty, distraction and anguish to those he considers in opposition to his causes.

He does not proceed within the guidelines of appropriate professional behavior, but rather uses other means available to intimidate, harass, or bring public disrepute to those whom he perceives oppose him.
* [Thompson] made false statements of material fact to courts and repeatedly violated a court order
* [Thompson] communicated the subject of representation directly with clients of opposing counsel
* [Thompson] engaged in prohibited ex parte communications
* [Thompson] publicized and sent hundreds of pages of vitriolic and disparaging missives, letters, faxes, and press releases, to the affected individuals
* [Thompson] targeted an individual who was not involved with respondent in any way, merely due to “the position [the individual] holds in state and national politics”
* [Thompson]falsely, recklessly, and publicly accused a judge as being amenable to the “fixing” of cases
* [Thompson] sent courts inappropriate and offensive sexual materials
* [Thompson] falsely and publicly accused various attorneys and their clients of engaging in a
conspiracy/enterprise involving “the criminal distribution of sexual materials to minors” and attempted to get prosecuting authorities to charge these attorneys and their clients for racketeering and extortion
* [Thompson] harassed the former client of an attorney in an effort to get the client to use its influence to persuade the attorney to withdraw a defamation suit filed by the attorney against respondent
* [Thompson] retaliated against attorneys who filed Bar complaints against him for his unethical conduct by asserting to their clients, government officials, politicians, the media, female lawyers in their law firm, employees, personal friends, acquaintances, and their wives, that the attorneys were criminal

A good day for gamers everywhere, let’s hope it’s a step to more sensible treatment of gaming in the media.

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