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Jack Thompson Attacks DoD, ESA, GTA With Utah Bill 235

Posted by Soulskill
from the back-on-board-the-train-to-crazytown dept.
eldavojohn writes "Delusional disbarred Miami attorney Jack Thompson claims to have a bill in the state of Utah that targets retailers and entire industries with the Truth in Advertising Law. The best part of his rant: 'Our military appropriately uses violent video games a) to suppress the inhibition to kill of new recruits, and b) to teach killing scenarios. Games have the same effect on civilian teens.' While GamePolitics couldn't find the bill on Utah's state site, they did receive a response from him claiming 'I have a sponsor and a bill, and [the video game] industry is in trouble.' For 2009 bills, there seems to be merely a bill enhancing the Truth in Advertising Law but does not contain any of Thompson's verbiage. Good 'ole Jack — always good for some laughs, but really he needs to give it up one of these days."
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Jack Thompson Attacks DoD, ESA, GTA With Utah Bill

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  • by Weaselmancer (533834) on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @02:19PM (#26715001)

    ...and give him this guy as a cellmate. [wikipedia.org]

    At least they wouldn't run out of stuff to talk about.

  • by Rinisari (521266) * on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @02:23PM (#26715087) Homepage Journal

    Jack Thompson is always coming up with these solutions, but he has yet to prove a problem.

  • Re:Never (Score:3, Interesting)

    by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohnNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @02:25PM (#26715137) Journal

    He will never give up. The reason is simple - every time he goes off on one of his insane ramblings, news sites and services cover it and give his voice an audience. Until people stop caring what he has to say, he'll keep saying things. Unfortunately.

    As the submitter of this story, I think it's important we keep pointing out his actions because (1) he has lost (2) although I'm not a lawyer I believe it sets precedence for future cases and (3) even the general public can see through to his attacks on our freedom. I believe there are more lawyers masquerading in our legal system as legit when they're really just Jack Thompsons at heart and I hope the public learns about them by observing the obvious cases of dementia. In my opinion a good example is John Ashcroft [wikipedia.org].

    Sometimes Jack Thompson's arguments are so laughably false that I suspect he was installed by gamers, the entertainment industry and liberties advocates as a physical straw man!

  • by rev_sanchez (691443) on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @02:50PM (#26715575)
    The movie rating system is pretty messed up [imdb.com]. I prefer the Joe Bob Briggs method of rating movies from when he was on the movie channel. He'd run down the count of kills (with an emphasis on decapitations or anything out of the ordinary) and breasts and other nudity. We could throw in counts of bad language. The rating would be something like:

    up to 542 kills/per game - some with chainsaw
    8 breasts and 3 asses
    "shit" - 12, "piss" - 1, "fuck" - 17, "cunt" - 0, "cocksucker" - 3, "motherfucker" - 6, "tits" - 2

    Then a parent can decide if Timmy is ready to saw a zombie in half or if he needs to hold off on being able to hit a button to yell "motherfucker" at a Nazi for another year or so.
  • by EastCoastSurfer (310758) on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @03:00PM (#26715729)

    You're right, but have video games led to move violence? I think a bigger area to look at would be how do things like the huge popularity in MMA affect today's youth. Are people more likely to fight because they are watching so much realistic violence all the time? Or, are things like violent video games, MMA, etc... simply reflecting our current society where violence appears to be more prevalent than in the past?

  • Re:Employment? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by bigbigbison (104532) on Wednesday February 04, 2009 @09:08AM (#26724119) Homepage
    His money comes from his wife. Apparently she is actually a respected lawyer and a partner in a large law firm.

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