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Still another bar complaint came later in 2006, when Thompson was attempting to stop Rockstar from releasing a new game, Bully, which he decried as a "Columbine simulator." Thompson filed suit against the company and then in October attempted to have Miami-Dade County Judge Ronald Friedman recused, alleging the judge was involved in a coverup with secrecy worthy of a Star Chamber.
In a letter sent to Judge Friedman and copied to the meida, Thompson wrote, "Next time you promise a 'hearing,' I'll bring a parent with me whose kid is in the ground because of a kid who trained to kill him or her on a violent videogame. Try mocking that person, I dare you."
A few months later, as part of his ongoing campaign against Kent, Thompson followed links to gay porn on Kent's website and purchased membership. Then he downloaded the images and sent copies to members of the Florida Supreme Court. Soon he was warned that if the inappropriate filings continued, sanctions would follow. But he didn't stop.
On March 20, 2008, the Florida Supreme Court, after an almost saintly history of patience with Thompson, struck back. The justices sanctioned Thompson and forbade him to submit further filings unless they were signed by a second attorney. He paid little attention to the order.
Judge Tunis collected every pleading since then and included them in her recommendation to the state Supreme Court on May 15. In her preliminary recommendations, she found Thompson had committed a litany of violations of the Florida Bar code of conduct, and recommended disbarment for 10 years. The justices can lock him out of the courtroom longer if they choose.
Here are just a few of the violations detailed in Judge Tunis's preliminary report:
• Making false statements to a tribunal.
• Presenting, participating in presenting, or threatening to present disciplinary charges under these rules solely to obtain an advantage in a civil matter.
• Communicating the merits of the cause with a judge before whom the proceeding is pending.
• Making extrajudicial statements.
• Using means that have no purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a third person.
• Engaging in conduct involving fraud, dishonesty, deceit, or misrepresentation.
Jason Della Roca, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, won't take a position on Thompson's disbarment. But he believes Thompson is really just distracting society from the real problems. And he insists the lawyer's arguments about videogames as "murder simulators" are absurd. "Dude, I'm pushing a space bar and handling a mouse," he says. "How far removed from a firearm can I be?"