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Judge Bans Thompson from LA Videogame Case 81

Posted by Zonk
from the no-friend-of-this-court dept.
BluePariah writes "The ever-vigilant folks at Game Politics are reporting that Federal District Court Judge James Brady has refused Jack Thompson's request to file an amicus curiae brief in the lawsuit over Louisiana's videogame law." From the article: "Thompson, of course, was heavily involved in the Louisiana statute, helping Rep. Roy Burrell (D) draft the underlying legislation, HB 1381. The anti-game attorney claimed in his request to the court that Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti, a named defendant in the case, approved of Thompson's amicus motion. As previously reported here on GamePolitics, Thompson's request to file an amicus brief - if granted - would have permitted the long-time video game industry nemesis to provide information to the court even though he is not a party to the lawsuit."
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Judge Bans Thompson from LA Videogame Case

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  • lol pwned (Score:3, Insightful)

    by adam.dorsey (957024) on Thursday July 20, 2006 @03:58PM (#15752155)
    Good to see the rest of the world recognizing his abject insanity.
    • by JimXugle (921609)
      More like "BOOM! HEADSHOT!"

      I'm gonna go play my extremely violent tetris now, k?
    • Or, at the very least, someone in a position of authority recognizing it. This (for once, someone who deserves the title) most honorable judge should be the one hearing all the asinine cases where robbers sue the homeowner who actually defended themselves when their house was broken into, or people who sue fast-food companies because their food is 'addictive'. (To be fair, I'm sure that not all the plaintiffs are the ones who initiate the suit in the first place; the attorneys are most likely the ones hauli
  • Ahem (Score:4, Funny)

    by MrSquirrel (976630) on Thursday July 20, 2006 @03:59PM (#15752157)
    Let me be the first to say... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... It's about time judges started giving Jack Thompson the respect he deserves.
    • Now all I can think of is "At least TV respects me...." * click * "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA"
    • Re:Ahem (Score:1, Offtopic)

      by tgd (2822)
      They dropped pants and gave him a Cleveland Steamer?

      Oh, you just mean they said no to his motion?

      Oh well. One could have hoped...
  • by MikeRT (947531) on Thursday July 20, 2006 @03:59PM (#15752158) Homepage
    "We already have enough of your 'free bird cage liner and toilet paper' for the rest of the month. Please wait until next month before delivering anymore.' Respectfully, LA district court
  • One-Page Judgment? (Score:4, Informative)

    by dmatos (232892) on Thursday July 20, 2006 @04:00PM (#15752166)
    More like one-sentence judgment. Wow:

    "IT IS ORDERED that the motion for leave to file an amicus curie brief be and is hereby DENIED."
    • by Dr. Eggman (932300) on Thursday July 20, 2006 @04:33PM (#15752379)
      Did anyone else hear the UT 2k4 announcer's voice when they read "DENIED"? I wonder if amicus curiae is latin for Redeemer Missile...
      • No, but I heard the voice of that judge from the Simpsons.
        • The one that's Malcom's mom, or the other one from older series' like when Sideshow Bob is being released?
          • Older series, he's a guy (Judge Snyder I believe). This is from the episode "Bart - The Murderer." When during Bart's trial Skinner comes into the court room and tells his story of how he was accidentally trapped in the garage (and that Bart didn't kill him), the D.A. requests that the testimony be struck from record. The judge responds with a vehement "DENIED!!!" I only remember this because at my previous job it was one of my co-worker's favorite Simpsons lines to quote.
    • It's not as powerful as it may seem. Legal briefs/motions/proceedings are often worded that way. Standard legalese, in other words.
  • by tbannist (230135) on Thursday July 20, 2006 @04:02PM (#15752182)
    Wow, he tried to list himself as co-defendent and co-counsel on the amicus brief. I can't think of any rational reason to list yourself as either when you're neither. It makes me suspect he was trying to create evidence that he could later use to show that he had been personally sued by the video game industry, and then complain about how they hound him relentlessly for his pursuit of American Justice. Of course, the co-counsel part is obviously there to pad his resume.
  • by paladinwannabe2 (889776) on Thursday July 20, 2006 @04:03PM (#15752190)
    For those of us (like me) who aren't lawyers, an Amicus curae [wikipedia.org] is a "friend of the court". In other words, he testifies to the court about what he knows about an issue. Apparently the courts have decided that he doesn't know Jack.
  • The Judge ganked his ass with a HS! About time someone pwned him. What a lamer, Thompson, T4UTD.
  • Barely even one page... Jack got owned in one sentenced.
    GG judge!
  • To any lawyers on here...what's the appropriate impressive-sounding legal Latin term for "FUCK yeah?"
    • Re:IANAL.. (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Fuckus yeahus?
    • Ita Fornicus sounds about right...;)
      • Re:IANAL.. (Score:3, Informative)

        by WilliamSChips (793741)
        But it's not, because fornic- isn't the root to a second-declension(-us, -i nouns), it's fornix, fornicis meaning an arch(which is where the prostitutes hung out). Would be more like Fornicatione Ita!(you can reverse, word order doesn't matter here) pronounced four-nick-aht-ee-own-ay ee-tah.(The important part is that the e isn't silent)
        • Know what the best part of this comment is? There are still teachers who wonder why nobody wants to study Latin now that it's no longer mandatory everywhere.
        • Good! Now write it out one hundred times. And if it's not done by sunrise, I'll cut your balls off!.
        • I'd kind of like the past participle, "ita fornicatus", since that would also simultaneously convey the sense of "haha PWNED!!!!11"
          • The adverb, "Ita fornicate", would be better. And actually "fornicanter ita", "fuckingly so" would be closest to the real definition.
        • But it's not, because fornic- isn't the root to a second-declension(-us, -i nouns), it's fornix, fornicis meaning an arch(which is where the prostitutes hung out). Would be more like Fornicatione Ita!(you can reverse, word order doesn't matter here) pronounced four-nick-aht-ee-own-ay ee-tah.(The important part is that the e isn't silent)

          What's Latin for "Christ almighty, it was a f*cking joke" ?

          • > What's Latin for "Christ almighty, it was a f*cking joke" ?

            Please don't get him started on that.

            But c'mon, I'll be damned if "fornicatione ita" doesn't sound damned cool in an Italian accent. I'll have to go up to North Beach and start shouting that... If I make it back in one piece, I'll let you know how it went.
  • by antifoidulus (807088) on Thursday July 20, 2006 @04:20PM (#15752296) Homepage Journal
    in case he didn't notice, violent video games really aren't Louisiana's #1 priority right now....
  • by BluePariah (987431) on Thursday July 20, 2006 @04:24PM (#15752322)
    I have been following the Jack Thompson effect for sometime now and I have tried wrap my head around why exactly he has chosen roam around the country like a snake-oil peddler. It's easy to assume he does it for the money, but in many of these cases he's not the being paid. He tries to files these friend-of-the-court motions and calls himself an expert in a field that doesn't exist (often citing his television appearances as somehow legitimate proof of his expertise).

    Old Jackie is dumb and insane. He is a hateful little wretch of a man doing everything he can to reconcile his crumbling world view. This is not a matter of republican or democrat, liberal or conservative. Jackie is a whore and a junkie of the first order and he'll side with anyone who will get him a taste. He comes up with dubious data from studies conducted by his cronies that supposedly expose the dangerous and seedy underbelly of the vicious peddlers in the video game market. Yet his attacks are vapor all over and he knows it. There is an old saying amongst the legal crowd:

    If the facts are on your side, pound the facts. If the facts are not on your side, pound the table

    This is how Old Jackie rolls. It will bite him in the end, though, when people remember more about his woefully disillusioned ramblings then they do about his countless attempts to ban video games state by state. He has only been allowed to get this far because gamers are a notoriously lazy bunch, but that will only last so long. Eventually, as they say in the gamer crowd, Old Jackie will get omgwtfpwned and go crawling back to whatever rat-infested Florida swamp that he came out of.

    • If the facts are on your side, pound the facts. If the facts are not on your side, pound the table

      The sooner you realize that this is how the majority of people on this ol' mudball operate, the sooner you can expect life to get a little easier.

      Most people cling to their illusions like they're the only thing keeping them from drowning, because it's easier than thinking, and most people don't seem to want to that. I can only assume that they've had it knocked out of them by the experience of public sch

    • It's easy to assume he does it for the money, but in many of these cases he's not the being paid

      And yet most of us know who he is. Assumedly, if somebody wanted to go sue "BloodyExposiveGames.com" they might pick up on his name from the media and pay him to be their lawyer.
    • After reading his bio on Wikipedia, I can't understand why those rappers didn't just pop a cap in his ass. Maybe the West needs a version of the "suicide bomber" who risks hard jail time by wasting some piece of shit like Thompson.
      • Maybe the West needs a version of the "suicide bomber" who risks hard jail time by wasting some piece of shit like Thompson.

        Unfortunately, that would just make him (and I hate to use this term when referencing him) a martyr. He speaks out against things people enjoy, and if someone were to "take care of him", so to speak, then his nonsensical ramblings would end up carrying more weight. More people would hear about him because of it, and they would get the idea in their head that he was right because some

    • I've often wondered why he does this too. I've come up with a few possibilities:

      His college roommates wouldn't let him play pong with them
      His mother was raped by a madman wielding a thrustmaster
      If he can't pass Super Mario, no one else can either

      Perhaps the world will never know why the man is crazy...
    • If the facts are on your side, pound the facts.
      If the facts are not on your side, pound the table


      And if the table is not on your side, pound sand [urbandictionary.com]
  • ...that my last name is the same as his. Between him and former senator Fred "Law & Order" Thompson, I may have to change it to something less controversial...like "Hussein" or "Qaddafi".
  • Doesn't he have the 1st amendment right to say anything he wants ... including those stupid things that will only make us laugh at him and hate him more?
    • Yes. The court just realizes that anything he's likely to say is going to be largely irrelevant and/or content-free, and doesn't intend to let him shoot his mouth off in thier courtroom.
      • anything he's likely to say is going to be largely irrelevant and/or content-free
        Would that make it a TV commercial, a politician's public apology or any news on the Hollywood Access Extra Inside Entertainment Report?
    • > Doesn't he have the 1st amendment right to say anything he wants

      Neither libel, fraud, nor vexatious litigation are protected by the first amendment. Thompson's existence revolves around all three.
  • by 91degrees (207121) on Thursday July 20, 2006 @07:01PM (#15753392) Journal
    I haven't read the article or read any comment from Jack yet, but I'll bet I can guess his spin on this will be something along the lines of "The Games industry his clearly absolutely terrified of me. This is why they went to so much effort to have me barred from this case. This is proof that I'm winning."

    Anyone want to take me up on this bet?
  • How can he claim to be an expert on video games when he doesn't even get the medium that the game he is discussing comes on. Someone should tell him, well not tell him because its funnier this way, that GTA:VC comes on DVD's not CD's but that's okay, i'm surprised that he even knows that they come on a medium. Also he clames that he has expertise about video games because he predicted on TV that Colimbine would happen...I thought he was a lawyer. If that was actually ever used as justification in court h
  • Is there a way to launch a general challenge against someone who rampages around claiming expert witness status? In other words, could someone sue him, unrelated to any specific case, to stop him from claiming he is an expert witness?
  • It's pretty easy for me to imagine Jack as the Old Man Withers to the Scooby-Doo gang of gamers.

    Damned meddling kids.

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