Utah Senate President Wants to Prosecute Jack Thompson Under CAN-SPAM Act

April 14, 2009 -

It seems as though Jack Thompson may have burned his final bridge in Utah - and turned a former political ally into an adversary in the process.

In an e-mail sent out earlier today, Thompson claimed that Utah State Senate President Michael Waddoups (R, at left) has threatened to have him prosecuted if the disbarred attorney doesn't stop sending him e-mails.

Waddoups, who presided over the Utah Senate as it overwhelmingly passed Thompson's video game bill last month, apparently became upset by an Easter Sunday e-mail in which Thompson attacked Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

As GamePolitics has reported, the disbarred Florida attorney and the popular Utah A.G. have been trading insults ever since the bill was vetoed by Gov. Jon Huntsman. On Sunday Thompson slammed Shurtleff in yet another e-mail which claimed that the A.G. is ignoring the sale of pornography to minors. That's a highly questionable assertion, since in this case Thompson is defining Grand Theft Auto IV as pornography.

To back up his point, Thompson included a screenshot depicting of a pair of strippers giving GTA IV protagonist Nico Bellic a lap dance. Why Waddoups reacted so strongly is not entirely clear, although it is possible that he was offended by the pic. Or perhaps he has grown weary of Thompson's persistent attacks on Gov. Huntsman and A.G. Shurtleff, both fellow Republicans. GamePolitics contacted Waddoups for comment, but the Senate President did not return our call.

In any case, Thompson supplied the text of an e-mail that he says he received from Waddoups earlier today:

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.

In response, Thomson re-sent the lapdance pic to the entire Utah legislature:

If you are offended by seeing this, as was Senate President Waddoups, then know that you should be more offended by the fact that Utah kids can buy the game in which there are repeated sexual encounters like this... 

You will apparently read in the Salt Lake Tribune tomorrow morning that Senator Waddoups has now threatened me with criminal prosecution by Mark Shurtleff for sending him “porn.”...  Mr. Waddoups now threatens me for alerting him to this... I look forward to my criminal prosecution in Utah...

GamePolitics readers may recall that Thompson has a bit of a track record for attaching actual porn - not the GTA virtual variety - to his e-mails. In 2007 a federal court judge and the Florida Supreme Court took him to task for doing so (see Judge Spanks Jack Thompson For Including Gay Porn in Court Filing).

UPDATE: The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Waddoups wants to pursue Thompson under federal anti-spam legislation:

Waddoups, on Tuesday, confirmed he would attempt to pursue legal action under the federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

While that law carries a punishment of up to $11,000 in fines, it covers "e-mail whose primary advertisement purpose is advertising or promoting a commercial product or service," according to the Federal Trade Commission.

UPDATE 2: Predictably, Thompson has written to the U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City, urging that Waddoups be prosecuted for violating his civil rights. The letter, which we have also received via e-mail, can be viewed in the comments to the Salt Lake Tribune story.


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Re: Jack Thompson Says Utah Senate President Is Threatening ...

And yet Jack is completely unable to understand why this happens to him every single time.  It's like he has some kind of learning disorder.

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AE: Leave his family out of it please.

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No I will not leave his family out of this.  By supporting him monetarily, and not doing anything to keep his behavior under control, she is an enabler.  Why is this so hard to understand?

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It's not hard to understand at all. We just want to avoid stooping to his level. By bringing his family into any arguments against John Bruce, you are doing exactly what he would do in the same situation against you.

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Re: Jack Thompson Says Utah Senate President Is Threatening ...

While your reasons for wanting that is understandable, it is impossible to keep his family out of it.

Personally, I as well as a few members here (they know who they are)* feel sorry for Patricia and Little John b/c they have to put up with his antics more than anyone else. I specifically do not believe they deserve to be damned for supporting Jack as they cannot do anything else regarding the problem with him.

*If you are one of these, but actually do not feel that way, please correct me. Thanks.

I can understand censoring people who are bashing Patricia for all this, but mentioning them is not stooping to his level.

As I didn't see the comment prior to censoring, I assume Zerodash was bashing Patricia, and this is supported to the comment he left that you're replying to.

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Agreed to a point. Bringing up his wife and child to some degree isn't that hypocritical since Thompson pretty much did it first, what with using his child as a sample size of one, making the son look like something of a stooge, while later using his wife as a sort of pity card on more than one occassion. "Meh, she has cancer, i need time with her, postpone the thing i said i wanted done immediately."

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Hey I heard that... I don't learn that poorly... JT is just a fake crook promoting himself...

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Someone, PLEASE bring him up on charges. He has to have done SOMETHING illegal, he's just done so much.

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Looks like someone just did...

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All I can say is.... wow.

He really doesn't know when to quit does he?

 

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This isn't funny anymore. Jack is seriously digging a hell of a mess of legal trouble.

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Dude, this is insanely funny. I almost can't believe it's happening. It's so perfect. This is seriously like a cartoon. JT just can't win. No matter what goofy venture he persues, he just can't succeed. He's like the realy life version of Team Rocket.

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gamadaya, this is why I want Jack brought back. He never ceases to make people laugh.

This is why I want him to be granted a hearing with the SCotUSoA. It will make him look even worse when he fails.

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Re: Jack Thompson Says Utah Senate President Is Threatening ...

You know I could see him doing the whole "Blasting off again routine"  And prehaps a cheesy theme to introduce himself everyime.

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"Prepare for trouble!
Make it double!
To promote unneeded legislation!
To spam all faxes within our nation!
To denounce the evils of G.T.A.!
To send the Bar some porn that's gay!
Johnny!
Bruce!"

(Yeah, I used to watch the Pokemon cartoons a lot.  Go ahead and make fun.)
 

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Oh my god... I nearly fell on the floor after reading that

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That was awesome!

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Actually, Pokemon (along with Dragonball Z) is the reason why I'm a big fan of anime and manga  (I watch a lot of entertainment from Asia, China and Japan to be exact).  The Pokemon manga (along with DB and DBZ manga) is the reason why I'm reading manga today.  Let's not forget good ol' Toonami (RIP Toonami) that help made anime public to everybody.  I would credit all these for making anime and manga popular today, it's no longer a small market like it was in the early 90's.  You don't have anything to be embarassed to be about, what Pokemon did was give anime a spotlight. 

 

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Oh, my God, that was excellent. Two thumbs up.

And don't be embarrased: I watched Pokemon, too. Pretty good cartoon, although the two (or three, if you count the one with James' huge rack) banned episodes should've just been slightly edited to be appropriate for kids' TV.

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EPIC WIN!!!

Never underestimate the power of idiots in large amounts.

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LEGENDARY WIN!!!

fixed it for you

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Heh, you're learning.

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*takes a bow* Thank you, thank you. I'll be here till....probably till the day I die. Love Gamepolitics.com...

Um...Quick question...why the wins? I'm not being unappreciative! Just...was it about James' rack? Or...what?...

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Brilliant. :)

Grombar SMASH!

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He does do a cheesy routine

"Attorney and your not "

Oh wait.....

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LMAO!!!! Oh look Jack found a new name to add to his conspiracy list! Ah Jack...you really don't learn do you? Seriously though, it really seems that Jack is trying to get arrested.

Edit: Oh...look at that....the update....looks like Jacky might get slapped by the law afterall. Ouch. Jack, don't threaten and harass people...considering your nasty history, you've gotten off lightly. Now is the time to suck up and shut up.

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Keep it up Jack, see what's gonna happen...

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Why oh why oh why oh why does he do this stupid, retarded stuff???

Just when you think he's peaked at the amount of stupid he can show, he does something to top it!

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Re: Jack Thompson Says Utah Senate President Threatened to ...

It's like Don Quixote tilting at windmills... or the disbarred lawyer version of Jackass.  Take your pick.

 

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How hard would you laugh if JT gets jail time for doing this stuff.  I think after doing this to another state, and being disbarred, he should already be forced into jail time for disturbing the peace, wasting tax payer money with his mindless chatter, and for waster electricity for his spam online.

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