Jack Thompson Guilty on 27 Counts of Misconduct; Final Ruling Falls to Florida Supreme Court

By Aaron Linde, May 20, 2008 8:00pm PDT The judge presiding over infamous anti-game litigator Jack Thompson has recommended that the attorney be found guilty of 27 counts of misconduct in Thompson's recent Florida Bar trial, GamePolitics reports.

Florida Judge Dava Tunis issued recommendations of guilt related to Thompson's participation in several video game-related cases such as Strickland v. Sony, in which the attorney represented families of two police officers and a dispatcher killed by Devin Moore, reputed Grand Theft Auto fan.

The recommended charges from Tunis will be sent to the Florida Supreme Court by September 2nd, which will tender a ruling alongside possible disciplinary action—such as disbarment—against Thompson. Tunis will also preside over a disciplinary hearing for possible sanctions against Thompson on June 4th.

Among the numerous misconduct recommendations were charges that Thompson knowingly made a false statement of material fact or law to a tribunal, employed tactics meant to embarrass or delay a third person, and engaged in dishonest, fraudulent, or otherwise deceptive conduct.

The outspoken Thompson is perhaps the most vocal and noteworthy opponent of the gaming industry, and has previously brought legal action against numerous game developers, publishers, and retailers. Thompson most recently wrote a letter to GTA publisher Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick's mother on Mother's Day, comparing the chairman to a Hitler Youth.

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