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Jack Thompson 'misconduct'
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The judge presiding over a misconduct caseagainst lawyer and fervent anti-videogame campaigner, Jack Thompson,yesterday delivered a report which supports a guilty verdict on 27 ofthe 31 charges brought against him. From Arts Technica:

These are not small offenses, as Judge Tunis recommendeda guilty verdict for, among other things, "knowingly making a falsestatement of material fact or law to a tribunal," "using means thathave no purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a thirdperson," "engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, ormisrepresentation," and "making statements that the lawyer knows to befalse or with reckless disregard as to the truth or falsity concerningto the qualifications or integrity of a judge.

The supreme court is still to make a ruling on these charges - thatwon't take place until September. However, it seems Thompson hasexasperated the powers that be by submitting a series of bizarre filingsseemingly including a self-penned picture book designed to 'explain'his point of view to the court. Images apparently included, "swastikas,kangaroos in court, a reproduced dollar bill, cartoon squirrels, PaulSimon, Paul Newman, Ray Charles, a handprint with the word 'slap'written under it, Bar Governor Benedict P. Kuehne, a baby, Ed Bradley,Jack Nicholson, Justice Clarence Thomas, Julius Caesar, monkeys, ahouse of cards..." Sounds like an average night on the town with AmyWinehouse.
Naturally, the games community is revelling in this 'victory', butthe report is fanning the flames of publicity that Thompson soobviously feeds on. I'm now thinking he could actually be a disruptivecomic genius who's command of confrontational humour makes Andy kaufmanlook like Jimmy Cricket.
What do you think?

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