The attorney wants to speak at the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association.
Miami, Florida-based Attorney Jack Thompson has written to Presdident Hal Halpin of the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association, about two matters. Thompson forwarded the letter to the media, as usual.
First, Thompson offered to speak at the 2006 IMEA Executive Summit. Here’s what the letter said:
First, I should like to offer to speak to your attendees at the 2006 IEMA Executive Summit. Love me or hate me, I don’t think it is refutable that over the past seven years I have been the visible leader of the effort to stop the sale of Mature-rated games to minors. It started with my efforts in the Paducah case. It’s not ending in Alabama. In fact, I’m just getting warmed up.
The IEMA presentation could be billed as “Know Your Enemy.” I have certain things to say about how government regulation can be avoided that need to be heard. Your attendees really have no idea a) what “we” really want and b) what is coming their way that will be hurtful to their and IEMA’s interests. Trust me on that. I am in constant contact with “our” side.
Thompson then went on to mention how he could help prevent government regulation of the industry:
Secondly, what is coming your way can in fact be avoided, but IEMA has to act fast. I am no fan of government regulation, but it is about to kick in, as a last resort, to deal with the excesses, primarily, of Rockstar Games and the fall-out from “Hot Coffee.” I can get Hillary off your backs, and if I were you, I wouldn’t want her on my back.
Hal, I really do not cavort through my days with horns and a pitchfork. I am not just well-intentioned (as best I can tell), as you graciously surmised in your recent Gamasutra interview, but I am also rather well wired into the political process in Washington on this issue (I don’t need David Walsh’s permission), and I can assure you that “something wicked this way comes” for the industry. You, Hal, can be the one who authors the avoidance of that. You are further correct in noting that I have a commitment to “win” this fight that runs deep. If I lose my law license in the process, it will be a profoundly worthwhile trade. I’m a student of the Old and New Testaments. That is how it works.
Please call me, as I wrote you quite sometime ago about this. It’s gotten worse, and it will get worse still. If anyone in America on the “wrong side” of this issue can tell you, peace can be had through me. Peace is good. Profits are good. Government regulation, according to IEMA, is rather bad. I am your ticket out of where the industry is right now. This is not egomania. This is reality.