Roy Moore's attorney, Trent Garmon, sent a notice letter to Alabama Media Group (al.com) and (presumably) The Washington Post and The New Yorker. I'm certain WaPo's white-shoe attorneys are drunk with laughter. You can read it for yourself: Steve Deace published the al.com version.
I found the letter hard to read because I believe in grammar. Things like proper sentence structure, having a subject and a predicate, using correct active and passive verb forms and minding my tenses are important to me. Obviously, they're not important to Mr. Garmon.
David French, a Harvard-trained attorney, showed great mercy in taking this letter apart, because he didn't go all the way into sarcasm, and only highlighted the worst bits.
Suffice to say, if this was written by first year associate at a respectable law firm, there's no way it ever would have made it out the door. It's not even a good first draft.
His chief achievements appear to be reciting the entire West Point hymn, "The Corps" while unmasked in a gas chamber (which French said demanded respect) and playing a lot of college football. Garmon's main practice appears to be ambulance chasing, which is a fairly good paycheck, if you never hit a courtroom. ("Train accidents," really?)
In 2014, Garmon was suspended for at least 91 days (it was actually longer, 91 being a significant number) for cold-calling the grieving family of a 13-year-old days after the funeral, under the pretext of being a pastor (and attorney). He then solicited the family to set up a meeting to discuss their "legal rights." He made several calls to both parents, according to documents, and never mentioned counseling or church affiliations.
Suspensions of 90 days or under are automatically reinstated, but over 90 days require the state Supreme Court to act to reinstate. Garmon's suspension lasted 205 days, and his reinstatement was probationary for an additional 18 months. The probation presumably ended in April 2016.
Garmon's bio claims he has "represented a state Supreme Court Chief Justice," and from that we can reasonably assume it was Moore.
Not to despoil Mr. Garmon's reputation: his bio also shows he has worked for Alliance Defending Freedom (a reference from 2013) and participated in cases with the ACLJ. I haven't checked with those sources to see if Garmon is still active with them.
A letter of this poor quality is almost insulting in the midst of Moore's troubles. To me, it means that Moore could not retain an attorney with a better reputation and a practice focused on libel and journalism law. That means nobody wanted to take on The Washington Post because they appear to have covered their journalistic P's and Q's very well. It also means Moore may have very little evidence to back up claims of false reports and careless reporting.
The letter calls for the media outlets to publish a public retraction within five days. More likely, the next five days will be spent mocking the letter itself.
As calls for Moore to step away multiply, this beclowning letter only adds kerosene to the funeral pyre of awful.