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Lawyer Angers Judge With Gay Sex Photos

Posted Sep 27, 2007 8:09 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Updated: Jack Thompson's attempt to make a point about a gay news Web site has backfired badly.

A federal judge is threatening action against the Florida lawyer for attaching electronic photos of gay sex to a motion filed with the court.

To make a point about “hardcore porn” on the National Gay News Web site, Thompson attached some of the photos available through site links, reports GamePolitics.com. Thompson wants the Florida Bar to take action against the lawyer who runs the Web site.

Judge Adalberto Jordan of Miami issued an order (PDF posted by GamePolitics.com) on Monday asking Thompson to show cause why he should not be referred to the court’s grievance committee.

"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, and it was not filed under seal,” Jordan wrote. “There was no need for Mr. Thompson to file these graphic images in the public record. A simple reference to the Web site and its alleged links would have sufficed.”

Blogs noting the story include Above the Law and the Miami Herald's Gay South Florida.

Above the Law headlined its post on the flap, "ATL Practice Pointers: Do Not File Gay Porn With Judge Jordan."

But Thompson saw a silver lining in the judge's order. He told GamePolitics.com in an e-mail: "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.

Thompson responded Tuesday with a motion seeking to amend a lawsuit he filed in May against the Florida Bar to add Jordan as a defendant. See this ABAJournal.com post for details.

Updated 10/04/2007 at 4:54 p.m. CDT

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