Perhaps there is no perfect day to explain to your wife why dozens of strange women are talking about jumping your bones. However, some days are distinctly worse than others. Take, for instance, today, our fifteenth wedding anniversary. I remain astounded that such a smart, funny, and attractive person would be slumming with me. I keep worrying that she'll come to her senses. Thank God for the hot girl/goofy guy phenomenon.
You can find the satirical aspirations to pluck my virtue over here at Regretsy, in the comments to a post showing a letter I wrote in response to a legal threat to a pro-bono client. The underlying legal threat — which I have now learned was sent to some 42 people — is here. BoingBoing and Instapundit have picked it up, so it's getting some attention.
This is a good thing. Frivolous legal threats chill free expression. They work because the legal system is expensive and imperfect. The best way to fight them — and to fight for the First Amendment — is for all of us to band together to confront and defy legal threats. It's the reason I join with other lawyers (like the formidable Marc Randazza) in providing pro bono help to threatened bloggers, the reason I put up the Popehat signal to look for local counsel and others to help, and the reason that I choose to mix it up with the threateners.
Will you help? You can, you know. If you're a lawyer, you can be part of the pro bono network of lawyers stepping up to defy frivolous legal threats. If you're a blogger, you can write about them, and help expose thuggish attempts to chill speech. If you're just someone who reads stuff on the internet, you can tip off lawbloggers when you spot legal threats, and you can educate yourself about — and support — anti-SLAPP laws and the efforts of organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Pick up the banner, fight the good fight.
By the way — if any of the other 41 people who got this threatening email are out there, I'd be happy to try to connect you with pro bono counsel.
Reminder: though the links reveal my Seekrit Identity and the letterhead of my firm, this blog is run only by me and my friends and co-bloggers. My firm has no involvement in its content.