More on Jack Thompson vs. Utah Attorney General

Yesterday, GamePolitics reported on anti-game attorney Jack Thompson’s harsh criticism of Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff’s view that pending video game legislation authored by Thompson is unconstitutional.

The controversial attorney followed up with a caustic letter to Shurtleff (copied to several media outlets, including GamePolitics), which reads in part:

You are a free enterprise enthusiast who has locked arms with the video game industry even to the extent of doing tv ads endorsing the ESRB game rating system… 

Did you not know that sworn testimony before the US House of Representatives last year established that the ESRB rating system is a sham? 

You have publicly attacked Represenative Wyatt’s Utah video game bill.  You have no idea what you are talking about.  This is a constitutional bill.  I ought to know.  I drafted one nearly identical to it for Louisiana, and we got it passed unanimously…

The federal judge declared it unconstitutional because, he said, “there is no evidence that these games are harmful.  The Attorney General has provided me no evidence.”

And the judge was right, because the Louisiana AG took what we call “a dive.”  …because he wanted the law to fail.  The video game industry… threatened Louisiana… that if it sustained this law, it would pull its video game software design studios and other operations out of the state.  Thus, the State blinked… 

Here’s an offer for you:  If and when the bill is passed, step aside, and I’ll defend it, free of charge, as a deputized special assistant attorney general of Utah… 

Actually, Mr. Shurtleff, you must step aside.  You have been the recipient of free advertisements paid for by the video game industry…

Thompson, by the way, is in Utah today to address the annual convention of the Utah chapter of the ultra-conservative Eagle Forum in Salt Lake City. The website for the event lists Thompson as:

Crusading Attorney and Author of Out of Harm’s Way will speak on how violence in media (particularly VIDEO GAMES) is destroying youth by re-wiring their brains, causing involuntary violent behavior patterns. 

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