Today Mike Leach filed a lawsuit in Lubbock District Court that accused ESPN and James-hired public relations firm Spaeth Communications of defamation.
Here is the letter Leach attorney Liggett sent to ESPN:
Lawsuit excerpt covering Spaeth Communications:
What Leach wants:
The 12-page lawsuit is very detailed in its documenting of ESPN reports, on-air and on the web. The suit also lists email communications involving Merrie Spaeth, the owner of Spaeth Communications.
As I’ve documented here extensively, Spaeth’s firm was made famous by its “swift boat” campaign to discredit 2004 presedential candidate John Kerry.
It was Spaeth who commissioned the infamous “electrical closet” video that Adam James shot himself after the fact. Spaeth has also confirmed to me that the video was disseminated on the web via anonymous pseudonyms.
In other words, Craig James didn’t want people thinking he was behind the video, which ESPN itself aired in heavy rotation for days.