That’s why Jauregui asked whether “everything written in that yearbook” was written by Moore. Play back that press conference, and you’ll see how careful the attorney was, at every point, to frame the question this way. Moore and Jauregui knew that the inscription itself, if separated from the appended notes, looked all too genuine. They were certainly clear that a single person couldn’t have written the whole thing. Which means that if Nelson wrote the notes, she didn’t write the inscription.

At the press conference, Moore’s campaign chairman, Bill Armistead, handed out copies of a judicial order bearing Moore’s signature. He and Jauregui used the document to advance a theory about the “D.A.” next to the signature. But what’s notable is that they didn’t focus on the signature itself. Clearly, they had looked up old documents signed by Moore. They could easily have presented samples of Moore’s handwriting that looked different from the inscription, if they’d found any. They didn’t. That’s because the inscription looks just like Moore’s signatures on other documents.