Jack Thompson, self-proclaimed crusader against video game sex and violence, has been permanently disbarred. The Supreme Court of Florida issued its decision on September 25, 2008, upholding a referee’s recommendation. In addition to losing his license to practice law, Thompson was also ordered to pay the Florida Bar $43,675.35 in costs.
In its decision, the court quoted extensively from the referee’s report, including the following:
Over a very extended period of time involving a number of totally unrelated cases and individuals, [Thompson] 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 had previously been prohibited from filing anything with the court “unless signed by a member in good standing of The Florida Bar other than himself.” In apparent disregard of that order, Thompson “submitted numerous filings…including the petition for review of the referee's report.” The court found that the clerk properly rejected each of Thompson’s submissions, and treated the case against Thompson as uncontested.
Thompson has filed a request with the U.S. District Court for an emergency stay of the order disbarring him. In a characteristic response to the decision, Mr. Thompson wrote to one commentator that “...this should be fun, starting now.”