Updated: Going beyond previous sanctions imposed on a controversial Florida lawyer, the state supreme court today has permanently disbarred Jack Thompson in agreement with a referee’s report (PDF) issued in July that said Thompson repeatedly attempted to harm his opponents’ reputations “with utter disregard to the administration of justice and complete indifference to the consequences his conduct would have on their lives, law firms, judicial careers, clients, families and reputations.”Thompson, who is known for his advocacy against violent video games and pornography, reportedly has 30 days to appeal, and based on his past history is likely to do so. Meanwhile, he has filed (PDF) to seek an emergency stay of the state supreme court ruling in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida. “This type of infringement of the civil rights of U.S. citizens by state governments is precisely why we have federal civil rights laws, and in this instance 42 USC 1983. I shall be vindicated, and The Florida Bar will be harmed, probably grievously, by its own hand. I can’t wait for my day in court,” he tells ABAJournal.com in an e-mail.Last week, Thompson filed a federal civil rights suit (PDF) against the Florida Bar and… Read full this story
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