In our previous story GamePolitics broke the news that Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups (R) threatened to have anti-game activist Jack Thompson prosecuted if Thompson did not stop sending him e-mail.
In a remarkable development, a website run by Utah Senate Republicans has publicly taken Thompson to task over the issue:
Jack Thompson sends a lot of Email.
At 6:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday he sent another Email message to a group of contacts and highlighted a picture that, if not legally pornographic, was certainly offensive.
President Waddoups was on the recipient list. He sent a polite but direct request back to Mr. Thompson:
OK, I’ve had enough. Please remove me from your Email list.
Jack Thompson wrote back:
Sir, did you look at the material being sold to minors in Utah that I sent you?
President Waddoups responded with a second request to be removed:
Yes, I read them all and I got the picture. No more please.
Well . . . a few days went by with no relief. This morning Michael Waddoups – probably a little bugged – sent a third request to be removed from Thompson’s Email list…
I asked you before to remove me from your mailing list. 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 for legal action.
So Jack Thompson issued a press release… Jack Thompson might be right. He might be totally, completely, dead-on right on his video game issue. He might not (smart people can disagree). Either way, this behavior doesn’t help his cause.
GP: It’s not clear who edits the Utah Senate blog, but there is an offer to post the original e-mails if readers request them.
UPDATE: In order to provide some context to this story, in the comments section I’ve posted the (NSFW) GTA IV screenshot that apparently pushed Sen. Waddoups over the edge. It’s clearly not pornographic although it is racy.
UPDATE 2: The Utah Senate Site has posted the series of e-mails between Sen. Waddoups and Thompson.