On Saturday VentureBeat posted Dean Takahashi's excellent, eve-of-E3 interview with ESA CEO Michael Gallagher.
Among his remarks, Gallagher took a rare shot at embattled anti-game attorney Jack Thompson, telling Takahashi:
[Thompson] is in the rear view mirror... The bright future that lies in front of us does not include Jack Thompson...
Naturally, we couldn't resist asking the volatile Thompson for his reaction to Gallagher's remarks. In an e-mail to Gallagher, cc'd to GamePolitics, Thompson wrote:
I really enjoyed your "Jack Thompson is in the rearview mirror" comment. I think it is a reasonable thing to say, based upon what you think you know about what is going on between me and The Florida Bar, but in fact it is not accurate. You don't know what is going on behind the scenes.
What I would like you to know, however, is that I plan to file a lawsuit this week against the ESA. It's about time. If you think my current, soon to be past, Bar problems are an impediment to that suit, think again...
I look forward to the entire video game industry having the ESA and the ESRB in its rearview mirror. That should be accomplished soon.
GP: The lawsuit of which Thompson speaks is apparently some type of RICO allegation. We've asked for more details but are taking a wait-and-see attitude as to whether this one ever happens. Not every lawsuit Thompson threatens actually gets filed, and this one in particular has the whiff of a non-starter.
Thompson also sent Gallagher the picture included in this report, which is, we have to admit, an amusing touch.
Getting all of the Thompson news out of the way so we can focus on E3, the controversial barrister has - not unexpectedly - filed several motions with the Florida Supreme Court, objecting to last week's report by Judge Dava Tunis which recommended that he be disbarred for life.