GOP State Chairman Tom Wilson says prankster who impersonated him in an e-mail to several Republican County Chairmen can avoid criminal prosecution if he/she comes forward by 9AM tomorrow morning with an apology. Earlier today, an attorney representing Wilson sent a letter to the individual by e-mail stating their intention file charges.
The full contents of Wilson’s e-mail to email@example.com:
“Earlier today you received an email from our counsel informing you of our intent to file criminal charges against you for the emails you sent to county chairmen. To clarify, I intend to file these charges tomorrow whether or not you send any additional emails pretending to be me. Your actions are illegal, dishonest, and an affront to democracy and decency. I will not tolerate them. However, as you have represented that this was merely “a prank” committed by a college student who meant no harm, I wish to provide you with the opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution. Everyone makes mistakes and I am willing to forgive a youthful error in judgment. To avoid prosecution, however, you must take responsibility for your actions, acknowledge the error of your ways, and demonstrate a commitment to doing the right thing. That starts by contacting me and disclosing your true identity. Next, you will email those who received emails from you apologizing for your deceitful actions and you will sign a consent order agreeing that you will never again send any communication posing as someone else. If you agree to do those things, I will not file my criminal complaint against you. My offer is sincere and heartfelt. If I do not hear from you by 9 am tomorrow, Friday March 28, 2008 I will assume your motives were not as you stated in your email to politckernj.com and proceed as promised with a criminal complaint.”