I’m lazy this morning so no re-write. =)
Florida lawyer Jack Thompson certainly had it coming: the anti-gaming activist got served, being found guilty of 27 out of 31 charges against him. For those who haven’t been following the anti-gaming circus and the ensuing court proceedings against Thompson’s behavior, the lawyer earned the ire of many colleagues and gamers by pulling outrageous stunts to make his stand against video games known.
The presiding judge, Judge Dava Tunis, ruled Jack Thompson as guilty for several charges, which include:
- Knowingly making a false statement of material fact or law to a tribunal
- Knowingly disobeying an obligation under the rules of a tribunal
- Communicating the merits of the case with a judge before whom the proceeding is pending
- Using means that have no purpose other than to embarrass, delay or burden a third person
- Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation
- Engaging in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, including to knowingly or through callous indifference disparage or humiliate litigants or other lawyers
- Making statements that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to the truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge
That’s not the end of Thompson’s woes, however, with a hearing about possible sanctions for Thompson scheduled on June 4, and Judge Tunis’ full report to the Florida Supreme Court due on September 2.