As his formal disbarment nears, Jack Thompson has decided to appeal to the mercy and compassion of the courts by hurling personal insults at a judge.
Thompson was recently recommended for disbarment for a minimum of ten years by the Florida Supreme Court, which found him guilty of 27 counts of professional misconduct, including knowingly making false statements, engaging in conduct involving dishonesty and “using means that have no purpose other than to embarrass, delay or burden a third person.” Thompson has battled the proceedings, accusing the judge who made the disbarment recommendation of falsifying an oath of loyalty and filing federal lawsuits against the Florida Supreme Court, but none of his efforts thus far have had any effect on his fate.
Sticking with the tactics that have brought him this far, then, Thompson has now written a letter to the Judicial Qualifications Commission in Florida in which he insults Judge Dava Tunis, who presided over his case, and filed a separate motion to have her findings struck down, which he also uses as a vehicle to insult her.
In the letter to the Judicial Qualifications Commission, Thompson questions many of Tunis’ actions during the proceedings against him, accusing her of incompetence and claiming, “She is just making this stuff up as she goes, and she is too sloppy to keep track of what she is making up.”
“But, hey, it’s only my 31-year law career that is at stake here, and her Republican buddy Jeb Bush who put her on the bench has his buddies’ Bar complaints in front of her, so you can’t really expect her to rise above her entanglements and act like a real judge,” he continued. “Finally, maybe there is another explanation here: Maybe Dava Tunis is mentally impaired.”
Pointing out that he has undergone psychiatric evaluation in the past in connection with his courtroom foibles, Thompson suggests Tunis should undergo a “battery of psychiatric and psychological tests” to determine her fitness as a judge. “The raving wild woman I saw in the last minutes of our trial in December 2007 in which she stood up behind her bench and was shouting and waving her arms was someone who had become unhinged,” he wrote. “Is she still unhinged?”
In a second document, filed with the Florida Supreme Court, Thompson again attacks Judge Tunis, calling her “hopelessly befuddled” and claiming she “couldn’t care less if she makes a fool of herself in her headlong pursuit of Thompson as if she were a prosecutor.” He even manages to work in an “Earth to Tunis” crack before making a vague threat about her judicial future.
“This Referee, this oathless Tunis, is so out of her judisprudential [sic] mind that she can’t even keep her fabrications straight,” he wrote. “Welcome to Dava in Wonderland.”
Despite this fine display of inspired legal maneuvering, Judge Tunis’ final report recommending Thompson’s disbarment is still scheduled to go before the Florida Supreme Court in September.