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Jack Thompson vs. Mortal Kombat 89

Nate writes to mention the news that Jack Thompson has issued a cease and desist for the new Mortal Kombat:Armageddon title. Says Mr. Thompson: "It has today come to my attention that the newly recently Mortal Kombat: Armageddon contains an unauthorized commercial exploitation of my name, photograph, image, and likeness within the game." Thompson's likeness has appeared on websites in the game over the last few days as a result of his construction in the 'build-a-fighter' mode. His image is not actually a selectable character in the game, a fact he's chosen to skirt in his demands to Midway. If that's not enough Jack Thompson news for today, Game|Life has the video and commentary on Thompson's dressing down by the judge in the Bully case. Video courtesy of the Destructoid site.
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Jack Thompson vs. Mortal Kombat

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  • by twistedsymphony ( 956982 ) on Friday October 27, 2006 @01:32PM (#16611438) Homepage
    Mediocre? The few reviews I've read had mostly good things to say about this title raiting it in the 80s and some in the 90s []. I haven't played it myself so I can't say for certain, but several of my friends have purchased it already and have raved about it... I lost interested in the MK series when the went 3D (I've been playing a lot of UMK3 in the Xbox Live Arcade though). However I must say that the ability to create a character that looks just like Jack Thompson as definitely made me interested... Perhaps I'll pick this title up. If midway didn't hire JT to market this game, they sould at least stend him some cookies, I'm sure they'll make money off of this.
  • Summary of the video (Score:5, Informative)

    by nuzak ( 959558 ) on Friday October 27, 2006 @02:31PM (#16612568) Journal
    This summary is kind of haphazard, and may not be totally chronologically accurate, there may be things out of order -- I don't really feel like watching it again though.

    First 5 minutes of it are spent watching some dork drive, then run into the courthouse, camera running. Thank god for fast-forward. Once inside the courthouse, he gets both Jack and Judge Friedman in the picture. Mostly Jack, whose body language is nothing short of nonchalantly defiant throughout.

    Judge F, throughout, speaks very calmly, slowly, repeats himself quite a bit, indicating that this isn't the sort of game he would want his kids playing, but "that is not the test" and that the defendant would prevail on first amendment grounds.

    Jack first speaks up, saying something like "am I going to be allowed to speak at this hearing?" but offers nothing, except to try to hold up a rather oversized (about 5 feet tall) sign, which we don't get to see. The judge doesn't actually say anything except "no" and Jack quickly takes the sign down, and it doesn't come back up (at the end of the video as Jack is leaving the courtroom, you can see that it has some relevant statute concerning disqualification of judges). Jack hands the bailiff a normal sized printout to hand to the judge, but no indication is given as to what it contains. One could easily assume it's the same thing as on his poster.

    The judge then goes on to call Jack's behavior "inappropriate, unprofessional, and contemptible", and in his usual style, repeats himself quite a bit saying it. He mentions how Jack filed a lawsuit against the judge and attempted to use that as a reason for the judge to recuse himself, which the judge shoots down by saying that you can't simply sue a judge you don't like just to get him out of your case. While the judge is dressing Jack down for this, Jack is making a big show out of putting away his papers, like he's getting ready to leave.

    Jack does get a little soliloquy in though: basically he tells the judge to his face that he "you misrepresented what was said in your chambers", and several times used the word "misrepresented" -- basically accusing Judge F. of lying. Ouch. The Judge is pretty much unfazed by this.

    I saved the best for last: Judge Friedman won't hear the Motion to Show Cause, he's kicking it to another judge. The reason for this is that Judge Friedman has himself filed a complaint with the Florida Bar about Thompson's behavior.

    So not only is Thompson still facing contempt charges, he's going to be up against the bar again. Last time, the FL Bar paid him off to go away, but now he's almost certainly going to face disciplinary action again, and this time, they might just decide to give him some serious payback.
  • by AlwaysHappy ( 951252 ) on Friday October 27, 2006 @04:01PM (#16614442)
    You left out what in my opinion was the best part! Jack actually tries to hold his sign up two or three times, the judge finally gets him to keep it down, and then tells the bailiff if he puts the sign up again to take him into custody. I used to worry that this guy might actually convince people that video games were horrible things, but after seeing that video I have no worries anymore. He acts more like a 5 year old then a lawyer.

Stinginess with privileges is kindness in disguise. -- Guide to VAX/VMS Security, Sep. 1984