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President Donald Trump pardons Drumstick the turkey on Tuesday during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Drumstick and his understudy, Wishbone, were raised in Minnesota by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his wife, Sharlene, and five members of the Douglas County 4-H chapter. (AP photo)

Bar Buzz: Reporting the context of the allegations

Alabama former chief justice and current senatorial candidate Roy Moore is suing the Alabama Media Group for defamation and a host of related claims. Presumably, Moore hired the best lawyer who would take his case.  That lawyer, Trenton Garmon, sent a demand letter to the media group’s lawyer that is worth a read at Slate.com or Above the Law.com. But here’s a sample:

“Your client’s organization has made and/or supported defaming statements. This is due to the careless and/or intentionally refused to advance the truth regarding our clients. We also believe that your client, by and through its agents, have damaged our clients by being careless in how they handle headlines and report the contextual of the allegations.”

And here’s the response, in part:

“Your letter goes on to say that AL.com’s reporting has harmed Mr. Moore’s reputation. Mr. Moore, however, has quite a colorful past that long-preceded any of AL.com’s recent coverage of your clients. Moreover, much of the information that you claim harmed Mr. Moore’s reputation had already been published by those who know him personally and reported by other media outlets. In other words, any damage to Mr. Moore’s reputation was self-inflicted and had already occurred long before AL.com’s recent reporting.”

Comments from legal writing gurus are welcome.

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