Friday, 28 September 2007

Trials and tribulations of "a certain lawyer"

Jack Thompson, self-styled crusader against computer generated nastiness is at it again folks, only this time he may have finally gone too far.

Alongside his well-publicised legal shenanigans against the computer gaming industry, he's also been targetting other parts of the media, including music (2 Live Crue) and websites. In this instance his target is the "National Gay News" website, for providing links to explicit gay porn (and no, I'm not going to link to their site).

So what's the problem with that? Making hardcore porn available to anyone regardless of age (especially children) is bad, right?

No arguments from me there, if it turns out to be true, that is. The main problem for Jack is that when he filed the electronic court dockets he attached hardcore gay porn images as part of it. Unfortunately this means that the courts public records (available online to people of all ages) now contains hardcore gay porn - not just links to it.

This is worse than what he is trying to take the "National Gay News" to task for.

Of course, Jack doesn't see the problem here. To quote the man himself:

"I’m not the one in trouble. The judge found a certain lawyer’s material obscene. I absolutely love it. This is the best thing to happen to me in a long, long time. Check my [case] filings, sweetie."

Well, that "certain lawyer" may find himself in a wee bit of trouble if this material does turn out to be obscene. In case you have any doubt as to who the "certain lawyer" is, let's let Judge Adalberto Jordan have his say:

"The attached exhibit, which includes several graphic images of oral and genital sex between adult males, was filed electronically in the docket in this case, without prior permission from the court…

To the extent that the other attorney’s alleged conduct is in any way relevant… there was no need for Mr. Thompson to file these graphic images in the public record. A simple reference to the website and its alleged links would have sufficed…

Through his actions, Mr. Thompson made available for unlimited public viewing, on the court’s docketing system, these graphic images.

For this reason, by October 5, 2007, Mr. Thompson shall show cause why this incident should not be referred to the court’s Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Admissions, Peer Review, and Attorney Grievance for appropriate action."

Jack doesn't seem too worried though:

"Thompson may have more to say in his own defense as to his alleged contemptuous behavior, but at this juncture, with all respect, he does not apologize for nor regret what he has done… if this court desires to throw Thompson into jail for trying to sound the alarm in this dramatic fashion… then Thompson is prepared to go there."

Let's hope he doesn't end up sharing a cell with Big Bubba. . . . .

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