Jack Thompson Threatens Utah Legislature

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Jack Thompson Threatens Utah Legislature

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The ongoing adventures of ex-lawyer Jack Thompson and the government of Utah continue as Thompson threatens the entire state legislature with legal action over the anti-game bill's (timely) death.

To recap: America's favorite former lawyer helped co-author Utah HB-353, a bill that would impose harsh penalties on game retailers that claimed they would not sell mature games to minors but did anyway. HB-353 passed the Utah House as well as the Senate - but met a surprising death when Utah Governor Jon Huntsman unexpectedly vetoed the bill.

Whatever positive relationship Thompson might have once had with members of the Utah state legislature soured quickly thereafter, with Thompson accusing the Utahans (Utonians? Uties?) of pandering to peddlers of pornography, and the Utah politicians accusing Jack Thompson of being totally batsh*t and spamming their email.

Of course, saying that Jack Thompson doesn't know when to give up is sort of like saying that Hideo Kojima is just a little crazy. GamePolitics reports that Thompson has threatened to call the wrath of the F.B.I. down on all 104 members of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives for "violating his civil rights."

This latest howling frenzy comes after Utah Rep. Curtis Oda joined State Senate President Michael Waddoups - who asked the Utah Attorney General to look into prosecuting Thompson for spam after the lawyer mailed legislators pictures of strippers giving GTA4 protagonist Niko Bellic a lap-dance - in objecting to Thompson's zany antics. While we haven't seen what Rep. Oda actually said to (or about) Thompson, we do know that the former lawyer circulated an email on Sunday threatening bloody murder:

If I get one more threat of criminal prosecution for sending you all proof, as I have, that pornographic video games are being sold to children in Utah because of the willful refusal of your Attorney General to enforce your state's pornography laws, then I will add ALL of you to the sworn criminal complaint now in the hands of the FBI in Salt Lake City. You will be identified as co-conspirators to violate 18 USC 241 and 242...

Maybe the real problem here is that Utah, as a recent study proves, leads the nation in consumption of on-line porn. Maybe some among you are into this stuff, and you feel threatened...

I'm not going to put up with it. I've taken down some of the largest pornographers in the world. Taking down your legislature will be a piece of cake by comparison.

Well, Jacko, we all know where biting off more than you can chew got you last time, don't we? If I may quote the Bard: "it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

On a mostly-unrelated note: "Jack Thompson and the Government of Utah" sounds almost like an awesome fantasy novel, doesn't it? The intrepid ex-lawyer braving a harsh and untamed land - kind of like Conan the Barbarian, only with less naked chicks.

(Via Kombo)

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"I really hate that man...."

I think he is the shining beacon of humanity.

I wish he were God, with Uwe Boll as his leftenant.

CantFaketheFunk:

I've taken down some of the largest pornographers in the world.

Wait...
What?
When did that happen?

Dragonblade146:
"I really hate that man...."

seconded the problem with people who protest this stuff is that they never tried a game believing it would taint their oh so pure mind and make them want to shoot someone

A simple /facepalm is not an adequate response to Thompson's shenanigans. Mayhaps someday he will realize the futility of what he is doing.... meh probably not.

On a side not, props to Utah for doing something cool for the first time ever.

Anti-Game bill is a little bit off the mark there isn't it? All the bill covered was, in your own words, "a bill that would impose harsh penalties on game retailers that claimed they would not sell mature games to minors but did anyway."

Surely this is would be a good bill to have in place, it would stop 10 year olds playing games they shouldn't, for example GTA IV, at the very least it might reduce the amount of brats I would have to put up with online.

This is why I will never live in Utah again. They pissed of Jacky? Now they're awesome.

CantFaketheFunk:
The ongoing adventures of ex-lawyer Jack Thompson

That sounds like a epic game someone should make it!

This story is awesome. And here I thought we wouldn't get any more Jack Thompson drama.

Pi_Fighter:

CantFaketheFunk:

I've taken down some of the largest pornographers in the world.

Wait...
What?
When did that happen?

Yeah.
What!
When now?
Who?
I hope to god not Naughty America!!!

scarbunny:
Anti-Game bill is a little bit off the mark there isn't it? All the bill covered was, in your own words, "a bill that would impose harsh penalties on game retailers that claimed they would not sell mature games to minors but did anyway."

Surely this is would be a good bill to have in place, it would stop 10 year olds playing games they shouldn't, for example GTA IV, at the very least it might reduce the amount of brats I would have to put up with online.

Well, its Utah. They strive for perfection in the Lord's eye. anything impure must die. *shiver* Sorry 'bout that. I still have nightmares about that place. The government is by far the most biased in any state in the US.

Ollie596:

CantFaketheFunk:
The ongoing adventures of ex-lawyer Jack Thompson

That sounds like a epic game someone should make it!

Just my thought..

..wait, isn't Blizzards new MMO a new franchise? Can you see it?! IT'S WORLD OF JACK THOMPSON!

Wow, look at that picture of him. He uses a conventional keyboard for his laptop. Jackie, baby, take a look at that flat surface in front of the screen.

CantFaketheFunk:
GamePolitics reports that Thompson has threatened to call the wrath of the F.B.I. down on all 104 members of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives for "violating his civil rights."

Holy freaking crap.

At least it can't get much worse than this.

Psychosocial:

Ollie596:

CantFaketheFunk:
The ongoing adventures of ex-lawyer Jack Thompson

That sounds like a epic game someone should make it!

Just my thought..

..wait, isn't Blizzards new MMO a new franchise? Can you see it?! IT'S WORLD OF JACK THOMPSON!

Wait a minute I didn't think of that imagine the adverts. "Hi I'm Mr.T and i'm a level 5 lawyer OBJECTION!"

(Gets jail ready)

Now i just sit here and wait.....

Maybe we should start sending him letters of support, y'know to persuade him to gothrough with spamming the FBI with false claims.

I bet they'll love him for that.

scarbunny:
Anti-Game bill is a little bit off the mark there isn't it? All the bill covered was, in your own words, "a bill that would impose harsh penalties on game retailers that claimed they would not sell mature games to minors but did anyway."

Surely this is would be a good bill to have in place, it would stop 10 year olds playing games they shouldn't, for example GTA IV, at the very least it might reduce the amount of brats I would have to put up with online.

The problem with the bill is that it would simply act as incentive for retailers to ignore ESRB ratings entirely. If they don't say they won't sell M-rated games to minors, they can't get in trouble. So it would actually serve to harm consumers by stripping one of the most valuable information tools that parents have to learn about the content in the games their children are playing - the ESRB ratings.

Ollie596:

Psychosocial:

Ollie596:

CantFaketheFunk:
The ongoing adventures of ex-lawyer Jack Thompson

That sounds like a epic game someone should make it!

Just my thought..

..wait, isn't Blizzards new MMO a new franchise? Can you see it?! IT'S WORLD OF JACK THOMPSON!

Wait a minute I didn't think of that imagine the adverts. "Hi I'm Mr.T and i'm a level 5 lawyer OBJECTION!"

The new death knight will be a judge.

The final bosses will be Sam and Dan Houser. I want the game now.

I can't wait for this to be turned into a game or even a mod for GTA4 when he goes round blowing up game stores or the 104 members of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives... or would that be better as a True Crimes: Streets OF Utah - Wrath Of Jack Thompson

Why can't he just die.

In fact I'll keep him alive. He reminds me of a TV character who is always trying to do stuff but fucks it up somehow. Like a really crap villan.

CantFaketheFunk:

scarbunny:
Anti-Game bill is a little bit off the mark there isn't it? All the bill covered was, in your own words, "a bill that would impose harsh penalties on game retailers that claimed they would not sell mature games to minors but did anyway."

Surely this is would be a good bill to have in place, it would stop 10 year olds playing games they shouldn't, for example GTA IV, at the very least it might reduce the amount of brats I would have to put up with online.

The problem with the bill is that it would simply act as incentive for retailers to ignore ESRB ratings entirely. If they don't say they won't sell M-rated games to minors, they can't get in trouble. So it would actually serve to harm consumers by stripping one of the most valuable information tools that parents have to learn about the content in the games their children are playing - the ESRB ratings.

Then an easy way to get round this would be to add an amendment to the bill making it a legal obligation to display the rating system. The bill if handled correctly would be beneficial for the general publics perception of video games.

Im still not sure why video games aren’t subject to the same classification on movies, ie rated by the same body with the same legal implication, but also parents already understand the system and recognise what is suitable. It is something that is done in a half arsed manner in the UK, if a game has a BBFC symbol then it is illegal to sell to a person under that age.

scarbunny:
......It is something that is done in a half arsed manner in the UK, if a game has a BBFC symbol then it is illegal to sell to a person under that age.

So they get their mother, father, older bro/sis or even a cat to buy it for them.
It's only illegal to buy something cert. whatever, but not to buy it for someone else even if they are underage.

scarbunny:

CantFaketheFunk:

scarbunny:
Anti-Game bill is a little bit off the mark there isn't it? All the bill covered was, in your own words, "a bill that would impose harsh penalties on game retailers that claimed they would not sell mature games to minors but did anyway."

Surely this is would be a good bill to have in place, it would stop 10 year olds playing games they shouldn't, for example GTA IV, at the very least it might reduce the amount of brats I would have to put up with online.

The problem with the bill is that it would simply act as incentive for retailers to ignore ESRB ratings entirely. If they don't say they won't sell M-rated games to minors, they can't get in trouble. So it would actually serve to harm consumers by stripping one of the most valuable information tools that parents have to learn about the content in the games their children are playing - the ESRB ratings.

Then an easy way to get round this would be to add an amendment to the bill making it a legal obligation to display the rating system. The bill if handled correctly would be beneficial for the general publics perception of video games.

Im still not sure why video games aren’t subject to the same classification on movies, ie rated by the same body with the same legal implication, but also parents already understand the system and recognise what is suitable. It is something that is done in a half arsed manner in the UK, if a game has a BBFC symbol then it is illegal to sell to a person under that age.

The are subject to exactly the same classification method, with exactly the same legal implications as movies. That is to say, none. The MPAA ratings in the USA have no legal force at all, they are a voluntary, industry applied system. Just like the ESRB ratings. Movie studios don't have to get their movies rated if they don't want to, and movie theaters and video stores don't have to follow the ratings for sales if they don't want to. Most of the theaters and stores belong to professional organizations that do require them to support the ratings, but again, it's all voluntary.

If I were a retailer and was told "if you say you won't sell M rated games to kids and do so, you'll go to jail", I'd just stop saying I won't sell M rated games to kids. Even if I display the ESRB rating system, I'd put a sign right under it saying "this store does not recognize or follow these ratings". Otherwise, there's too much chance of selling a game to a kid, even by accident or because one of your employees is an idiot. It wouldn't be worth the risk. As it stands, without threats of jail and fines, most retailers do a pretty good job (better than theaters, in fact) of following the ratings. Further legislation isn't needed, education for moronic parents is what is needed.

Oh, and a deep pit capped with steel and concrete is also needed. For idiots like Thompson, natch.

scarbunny:

CantFaketheFunk:

scarbunny:
Anti-Game bill is a little bit off the mark there isn't it? All the bill covered was, in your own words, "a bill that would impose harsh penalties on game retailers that claimed they would not sell mature games to minors but did anyway."

Surely this is would be a good bill to have in place, it would stop 10 year olds playing games they shouldn't, for example GTA IV, at the very least it might reduce the amount of brats I would have to put up with online.

The problem with the bill is that it would simply act as incentive for retailers to ignore ESRB ratings entirely. If they don't say they won't sell M-rated games to minors, they can't get in trouble. So it would actually serve to harm consumers by stripping one of the most valuable information tools that parents have to learn about the content in the games their children are playing - the ESRB ratings.

Then an easy way to get round this would be to add an amendment to the bill making it a legal obligation to display the rating system. The bill if handled correctly would be beneficial for the general publics perception of video games.

Im still not sure why video games aren’t subject to the same classification on movies, ie rated by the same body with the same legal implication, but also parents already understand the system and recognise what is suitable. It is something that is done in a half arsed manner in the UK, if a game has a BBFC symbol then it is illegal to sell to a person under that age.

Such a provision would be unconstitutional. All of the other bills that attempt to do the exact same thing you suggest - legally barring the sale of these games - have been struck down as unconstitutional. In fact, the particular language of this bill - framing the matter as violating the Truth in Advertising act - was specifically designed to circumvent those constitutional concerns.

When will the media stop listening to this wackjob?

Wait...since when did Jack actually take anyone down? I only recall him losing...a lot.

I feel kinda tired, so i only have one response after reading this:

HobbesMkii:
Wow, look at that picture of him. He uses a conventional keyboard for his laptop. Jackie, baby, take a look at that flat surface in front of the screen.

I do the same. Laptop keyboards are horrible, and the proximity to the screen makes them ergonomically unfriendly. I basically use my laptop as a minimal footprint desktop; the laptop sits on a pedastal (or is attached to an external monitor with its lid closed), and the conventional keyboard is in front with a mouse.

Is that him in the pic of the article? He looks so unhappy. If it is, I'm going to save it on to my computer.

I'm sure all of the Utah legislature is shaking in their collective shoes at Jack's threats.

And let's not forget, clutching their beloved porn.

Ollie596:

CantFaketheFunk:
The ongoing adventures of ex-lawyer Jack Thompson

That sounds like a epic game someone should make it!

Only if it contains a high violence and porn content, and it can only be sold to under 18s

CantFaketheFunk:
but met a surprising death when Utah Governor Jon Huntsman unexpectedly vetoed the bill.

That part cracks me up. Oh, we can't see it coming, right? We know that ole' bungee-boy keeps bouncing back for more, but he's a day late and a dollar short. Actually... *Checks his math* ...he's about 18 years late and $756.74 short.

Keep it up, Jack! We love to see you running the hamster wheel!

I'm beginning to wonder if this isn't a MASSIVE trick. I have an image of a sane Jack Thompson, pretending to be an insane, hype-suing madman former lawyer, in the style of Borat....

Anywho...

CantFaketheFunk:
GamePolitics reports that Thompson has threatened to call the wrath of the F.B.I. down on all 104 members of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives for "violating his civil rights."

Jack Thompson - Violating everyone else's rights for his own personal whims since his birth.

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