Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Corey McDonald's lawyer emails me

Received this email Tuesday concerning my post about Sims Garrett and Corey McDonald:

"To whom it may concern:
I have spoken with Mr. McDonald concerning you recent blog posts concerning his relationship with Mr. Simms Garrett. I have known Mr. McDonald for over three (3) years and have found him to be an honest man who operates his business with the utmost integrity. Mr. McDonald is a former marine who has never been convicted of any crimes whatsoever. Mr. Garrett on the other hand has obviously had his fair share of run ins with the law. I understand that you are entitled to free speech and you are just conveying 3rd party information to your audience, however, Mr. McDonald emphatically disagrees with the truth and veracity of your article/blog and finds same to be libel/slander. Portraying Mr. McDonald in such a false light could have a devastating financial impact on his business.
I appreciate you candor at the end of your article displaying that this is only Mr. Garrett's side of the story, but that statement comes only after having referred to Mr. McDonald as a wannabe Dog the Bounty Hunter etc., etc.,. Unless you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you can rely upon Mr. Garrett's information, I kindly request that you remove his name from your blog and/or any future articles you choose to publish.

Best regards,
Gary Lee Williams
Associate Attorney (Licensed in AL & MS)
Rainer Law Firm, PLLC"

I replied:
"I aslo know how to use discovery as well."

To which he replied:
"Sounds like you want to be a lawyer. Are you?"

My reply is made in this post:

Mr. Williams, you are more than welcome to file suit and find out if I know how to use discovery. Also be aware that I will use all legal tools at my disposal, including the application for Rule 11 Sanctions and filing of bar complaints since no slander or defamation was made. Mr. McDonald is more than welcome to submit his side of the story for publication. Keep in mind that if you are to sue me for said post, part of the subject matter involves the Ridgeland Police Department. Since truth is an absolute defense to charges of slander and defamation, it is conceivable I would be forced to file discovery motions requesting records and testimony from the Ridgeland PD as well as your clients business practices and client lists.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

He must've gone to night school if he doesn't know if libel or slander pertains to the written word. And that part about not ever mentioning his client's name again on your site is real cute. You should post his name every day just to prove you can. And then maybe have a special section on the side like you do with Karen and Heather. Call it "RPD Corruption and Corey McDonald".

Hookah said...

Gary Lee Williams PWNED

KaptKangaroo said...

Nice. Very nice.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he doesn't realize you have a JD degree, 'Fish.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Williams,

"it's always wise to know the dog you're about to bark at"

Anonymous said...

typical ed rainer product.

KF, you can't just publish a quote. publishing either a slandererous utterance or a libelous statement CAN BE, is not automatically, actionable.

btw, publishing your private pissing matches isn't very amusing to some, but heck, if it sells this blog, and it IS your blog, piss at it.

Jim Craig said...

KF, if you receive a summons and complaint, you know who to call . . .

Anonymous said...

Dude you got balls the size of grapefruits.

Anonymous said...

doesn't take much to impress some people.

Anonymous said...

I think Mr. McDonald's interests would be better served if next time would hire an attorney who could write a coherent letter without grammar errors. He might also be better served if said lawyer had at least a cursory grasp of libel laws.

Anonymous said...

If that is the original e-mail, somebody needs to proofread before they try to strike a blow. Typos or spelling errors, somebody is sloppy.

Kingfish, I hate to say it, but the lawyer is right. Exposing bogus police arrests can lead to loss in the bondsman's revenue. He may have a point! LOL!

Rule 11, is not it great! Discovery...Ridgeland PD, now that would be very interesting. Wow, what would be found if this went forward, not to mention the 1st Amendment prevailing!

Curt Crowley said...

I don't know Mr. Williams, but his statement "Sounds like you want to be a lawyer. Are you?," is the same type of arrogant, chronic assholic attitude that makes me want to beat the s--t out of most lawyers I have to deal with.

Btw, I've litigated against his boss, Ed Rainer, and respect him as an advocate. This type of garbage is beneath what I would expect from the Rainer firm.

Lisa said...

My favorite line (and I'm sure I'm taking this out of context) was "Mr. McDonald emphatically disagrees with the truth". I would have expected much more from Rainer's firm as well. I've heard Rainer is quite the bulldog divorce attorney (unless I'm thinking of someone else-it is late). He didn't even spell Sims correctly.

whatshername said...

Bravo KF ... Bravo.

Anonymous said...

KF, could you link to your post about McDonald/Sims? I'd like to read it but am having trouble finding it...

Anonymous said...

Anon: 8:51, just scroll down. "Another Soto victim comes forward".

Anonymous said...

Kingfish--the New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled that a newspaper was immune to suit when it correctly reported on the allegations of a lawsuit.

AP article:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_NJ_LIBEL_RULING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

NJSupremes Ruling: https://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/supreme/A7808SalzanovNorthJerseyMedia.pdf

Killer excerpt:

"Publications that might otherwise be actionable under the law of defamation, through exercise of an
established privilege, may be protected from liability because of a recognition that the publisher is acting in
furtherance of a socially important interest that is entitled to protection, even at the expense of uncompensated harm
to an individual’s reputation.

One such privilege, the fair-report privilege, extends to publication of defamatory
matter concerning another in a report of an official action or proceeding, or of a meeting open to the public that
deals with a matter of public concern.

This privilege acknowledges the value placed on the right of the public, in a
democratic society, to be informed about a wide variety of official matters. The fair-report privilege attaches where
the report is accurate and complete or a fair abridgement of the occurrence that is recounted.

--David Neil McCarty

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure you have this all under control KF. Bravo!!!

Anonymous said...

Sims, is pleased! Way to put the early mud slinging to a rest. I just hope everyone keeps this thing "cival".......so to speak. ;-)
Mr. Garrett's playing his "full house" hand very near to his chest. I truly think he's just flashed a slight peak of only one of his cards. Let's just hope he slams the entire hand down on the table here really soon

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Anonymous said...

Rainer Law Firm turned out NUMEROUS documents to my attorney with all type of errors. I don't take anything that firm turns out seriously. Like earlier post said, "typical" of Rainer Law.

Anonymous said...

After that 'strongly worded letter' from the Raineer law Firm PLLC I stopped back to see that this post was still up.

I am glad that I was not charged for those communications. I would have asked 'why are you asking the question if you don't know the answer?'

Anonymous said...

Funny, but a lawyer in Brookhaven decided to send my Mom a letter demanding payment for a bill due to an LLC she owned. Only problem is, the letter was addressed personally to her AND there was no contract compelling her or the LLC for the alleged debt. I went to a legal forms site, found the forms I needed to send back, researched the law, composed a direct letter alleging harassment and quoted FDCA statutes and guess what? No response. Shut them down. The "threat" that was made upon my Mom was returned with FACTS and upon realization that my Mom was not going to take it, a simple letter told an attorney that was willing to "threaten" her with civil proceedings quickly realized that the law is on the side of those who do right, not on the side of those who seek to take advantage.

The legal profession in MS is on notice. Not by me, but by all who have fallen prey to the "old standards."

Anonymous said...

Funny,

"Mr. McDonald is a former marine who has never been convicted of any crimes whatsoever."

his attorney might want to look a little deeper into the actual facts of that statement......

Anonymous said...

Of course he's never been charged with anything. He lives in Madison County where his family's in law enforcement. Good Ole Boy immunity I guess.?
I imagine Mr. Garrett is ready to welcome all challengers

Anonymous said...

Is it true Sims Garrett is working with the federal government on this case? This could get very interesting.

Anonymous said...

I heard Sims was working with the Mossad.

Anonymous said...

I'd be curious to compare Sims Garrett's military service record to Mr. McDonalds. Mr. Garrett was in the U.S. Navy and worked with E.O.D. Mobile Unit-17. I'm not exactly sure what Mr. McDonald did in the Marine Corp but I do know he didn't leave on the best of terms. I'm real curious to know exactly what Mr. Garrett did in the service. Explosive Ordinance Disposal personel in the Navy are all Seals. I know Mr. Garrett wasn't a Navy Seal but I am curious to know what his "job decription" was.............
I'M LOVINNNNNNN ALL OF THIS!!!

Has anyone seen Mr. McDonald or Mr. Garrett out anywhere???? I'm wondering what they're both up too. I heard Sims went to Virginia.? anyone know?

Anonymous said...

BLAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Anonymous said...

Sims moved to Jackson!!! Can you blame him?

Sims has got some swing in the world evidentally. It looks like powerful people all over the country are watching this whole situation. Reporters have contacted Mr. Garrett but he's waiting a few extra weeks before his first interview. His family and close personal friends have hired a media consultant. This whole thing looks like it's been in the works for a while.

Anonymous said...

corey mcdonalds criminal conviction can be found on the docket of rankin county court. he was convicted in april 2007. he then lied, under oath, about having the conviction in his application to renew his bail bond license. as a result the dept of insurance fined him and permanently revoked his license.

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