GP has never seen an attorney put out a press release hyping the opening day of a lawsuit before, but we've just received one from Jack Thompson. It is a quite remarkable document in many ways, and reads in part:
"This Thursday, November 3, 2005, at 1 pm the Alabama fireworks ignite in the Fayette County Courthouse. This may make the OJ Simpson trials look like quilting bees."
"Defendants Sony, Take-Two/Rockstar, Wal-Mart, GameStop, and cop killer Devin Moore have all been sued for their respective roles in the June 2003 murder of two police officers and a dispatcher. The corporate defendants are nervous, and here's proof:
"The primary strategy is to get Miami attorney Jack Thompson kicked off the case, alleging in court documents that he is 'paranoid' and cursed with a 'colorful history of disciplinary problems.' Forget that the referred to Bar complaints came 15 years ago from the porn industry and that Thompson has always been a 'lawyer in good standing with The Florida Bar' and 'officially certified sane' by The Bar after the ACLU and the radio pornographers last tried this nonsense."
"That exoneration of Thompson did not stop Sony and Take-Two's law firm, Blank Rome (which has given more campaign contributions to the Republican National Committee than any other lobbyist - they are lead registered lobbyists on The Hill for Take-Two), from plunking down in front of Judge Moore an order stating that Thompson may have a 'mental illness...'
"Oh, and certain regional governments in Japan have banned the sale of the Grand Theft Auto games to minors, but Japan's Sony has no problem whatsoever dumping this garbage into American kids' brains. Looks like Pearl Harbor 2 by Sony/Take-Two...'
EDITOR'S NOTE: Did he just say what GP thinks he said?
"Devin Moore himself has written Thompson explaining the role of the murder simulation games. The video game industry has no rebuttal to the scientific evidence, except to question the mental health of the lawyer who, with the rest of the legal team, filed the affidavits that have this scofflaw industry on the run."
"It may well be that Thompson will be kicked off the case and/or that the case will be dismissed. Thompson is not as presumptuous as other lawyers who claim to know what an honorable judge in Alabama will do. If that happens, there are remedies, but in the meantime this case is a reasonable judicial means to rightly compensate three devastated families targeted by an out-of-control industry. "
"The most reckless video game company in the world, Take-Two, has been fined $9 million by the SEC for accounting fraud and is currently under investigation by the FTC for illegally embedding explicit sexual content in a Grand Theft Auto game sold to children. Thompson is unethical? This is a nuclear bomb calling a cap gun explosive."
"Blank Rome questioning the ethics of Jack Thompson? One of its partners is Barbara Comstock, whom the Washington Post called a 'one-woman wrecking crew'... Ms. Comstock was on the staff of Indiana Senator Dan Burton back when he had a mistress illegally on his office's federal payroll and was also supporting an illegitimate child... Barbara Comstock's fingerprints are all over the false and defamatory character assassination of the lawyer who opposes her corporate clients' mental molestation of minors for money..."
"Stay tuned. You ain't seen nothing yet."