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Jack Thompson ordered to take psych test

An official on the Florida Bar (the law version, not the beer version) ordered that controversial Miami attorney Jack ‘video games are evil’ Thompson submit to psychological testing and accept a 91-day suspension of his law license. What does this all mean? All is explained inside.

According to a post on GamePolitics, Jack Thompson has emailed the site stating that he has been asked to undergo a psychological test and accept a temporary suspension. The claim has not yet been verified by the Florida Bar however. Tensions have been high between Thompson and the Florida Bar over the conduct of the controversial attorney. Recent cases relating to Grand Theft Auto and Bully have raised questions about the way the attorney goes about his business and with regards to his views on the gaming industry. A scheduled June 25th hearing involving Thompson and the Florida Bar was postponed. Meanwhile, mediation talks have taken place between Thompson and the Bar.

On Sunday Thompson cc’d gaming website GamePolitics an e-mail of what seems to be a filing with the Florida Supreme Court, which has jurisdiction over Bar disciplinary matters. In it Thompson writes of an ongoing attempt to mediate the dispute:

Mediation failed today because there was no mediation whatsoever… [Florida Bar official] Ms. Tuma not only did not move off her [suspension] demand one iota, not one smidgeon, but she instead upped her demand by requiring that Thompson undergo a battery of psychological tests as part of the fabulous deal The Bar offered him…

Ms. Tuma [sic] last demand going into the mediation was a 91-day suspension, and she opened and ended with that and a shrink’s couch. This is bad faith…

This “mediation” was a charade… Finally, [Thompson] requests a status conference herein as soon as possible so that we can… shut this Star Chamber down. Thompson is not the one who needs a psych evaluation.

So basically the Bar and Thompson are locking horns over his conduct. The Bar has been criticised by Thompson for their handling of complaints against him, he currently has two federal lawsuits against them pending. The Bar has filed a motion to dismiss his claims. All sounds a bit messy to us. So whatever your views on Jack Thompson (if you’re a fan of video games they are most likely not too favourable), it doesn’t look like he’s going to disappear any time soon. We’ll let you know how this one pans out.

Many thanks to Dangerous Dan for submitting.

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Comment by RapidRunner on 2007-07-06 17:52:03 | Reply

Lmao! It’s about time.

Comment by Dangerous Dan on 2007-07-06 18:18:18 | Reply

i submitted this news dont i get credit ?

Comment by Steve B on 2007-07-06 19:08:38 | Reply

Sometimes you eat the bar, sometimes the bar eats you.

Comment by xboxian on 2007-07-07 18:57:42 | Reply

Sometimes you eat at the bar, sometimes you drink at the bar.

Comment by mass9 on 2007-07-06 19:18:44 | Reply

hahahaahah.
great news for the start of the weekend.

Comment by darkrom on 2007-07-06 19:28:02 | Reply

Finally indeed. This man is nuts. I saw a non-violent game where you surf as a penguin. After playing it I wasn’t even a LITTLE bit tempted to go surfing. Or become a penguin for that matter.

Comment by Xendrid on 2007-07-06 20:25:16 | Reply

That man needs to be put in a padded room and beaten by people in Gears of War nightmare armor!

ROFL! This post just made my day.

Comment by detroit adam on 2007-07-06 20:48:16 | Reply

i see this asshole getting his way

Comment by CleanSweep31 on 2007-07-06 21:08:59 | Reply

Maybe he should play some Brain Age in preparation for those test?! :)

ROFL!

Man, JT is a wreck in that pic.

Comment by STUMPA on 2007-07-07 10:41:55 | Reply

really i saw that game i am now a penguin and i go surfing, thats crazy. But not as crazy jack psyco thompson lmoa

This asshole may well adam, hes a slippery cunt with friends in high places.
anyone ever see that vid on youtube bout the ‘we hate games’film they are bringing out? it blames pretty much everything on the planet on videogames, its pretty nutty. cant remeber what its called but some people did responses that were joke.

Comment by Fury on 2007-07-07 17:05:32 | Reply

Haha lets hope they crucify the guy thats on a crusade against games!

Comment by STUMPA on 2007-07-07 19:23:06 | Reply

hopefully he will get beaten with an iron bar lollolololololol that will teach the twat

Comment by Nabiki on 2007-07-09 03:35:55 | Reply

Great news…hope it sticks.

Comment by Jack Thompson on 2007-07-10 16:10:40 | Reply

I was NOT ordered to take a psych exam. I’m not crazy, but apparently you all are. Can’t you people read? Jack Thompson

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-07-10 16:54:39 | Reply

Of course we are crazy.

Everyone of us mad as a hatter, guess thats what these video games do though, just blur the lines between reality and fiction until you can’t hold down a job, can’t have relationships with other people and ultimatley commit crimes and get arrested then sectioned.

Oh wait, I have a job, I have a girlfriend (for 8 years) I have my own house. Wow, who would of thought it? you can operate in normal society even if you have been playing games.

Maybe what we need to do is find the nuts and cordon them off from society instead as it is clearly the individual rather than the enviroment that is the problem.

Okay then, nuts line up. You too Jackie boy, fromt of the line please.

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