Being disbarred for life wasn't enough to keep ex-attorney Jack Thompson from pursuing his crusade against violent video games. Earlier this year, the Florida lawyer pushed for Utah to pass a new law that would use truth-in-advertising laws to keep retailers from selling violent games to children against rating label recommendations.
While that bill breezed through the state's legislature, the governor vetoed it last month, saying that the language used is so broad that it could be struck down for "an unconstitutional violation of the Dormant Commerce Clause and/or the First Amendment." According to the Salt Lake Tribune, that's when Thompson started an e-mail campaign to get the veto overridden by the legislature, an effort that was not as enthusiastically received as the initial bill. Senate President Michael Waddoups has heard enough from Thompson, threatening legal action unless the former lawyer stops e-mailing him.
"I asked you before to remove me from your mailing list," Waddoups explained to Thompson. "I supported your bill but because of the harassment will not again. If I am not removed, I will turn you over to the AG [Attorney General] for legal action."
Waddoups told the paper that he would go after Thompson for violating the federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, which can levy a fine of up to $11,000 for harassing "e-mail whose primary purpose is advertising or promoting a commercial product or service." Thompson told the Tribune that his actions--including sending an attachment of a Grand Theft Auto IV lap dance scene to the senator--don't constitute harassment.
"As disturbing as the image is, it's something an adult ought to be able to handle looking at," Thompson said. "There are two women who are clad and a guy's looking at them. I would love to be tried criminally for writing a state senator an e-mail with something he thinks is pornographic, but who is not offended by the fact that children can buy this."