Knoxville divorce lawyers call Facebook, MySpace friends in court

By Allison Rupp
Knoxville News Sentinel August 7, 2010

where can i buy prescription drugs without a prescription call Facebook, MySpace friends in court ” src=”http://knoxvillefamilylaw.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/facing-150×150.jpg” alt=”Knoxville divorce lawyers call Facebook, MySpace friends in court ” width=”150″ height=”150″ />A man shows up for a custody hearing dressed in a nice suit.

When the judge asks if he drinks or parties, he answers no.

He sounds convincing enough. However, his Facebook profile tells a different story to the judge and other lawyers.

Photos of guns, alcohol around the kids and an unidentified substance. Status updates about partying with friends.

His Facebook profile rats him out.

“They say things directly contradictory to what they say in court,” said Danny Garland, a Knoxville domestic law attorney who worked on such a case. “It contradicts that he can’t find a job when Facebook says he is not looking.”

Garland said Facebook, MySpace, online dating profiles and other social networking sites play a role in about 10 percent of his cases.

“In one out of 10, they will say something on there that just hangs them,” Garland said.

Garland and other Knoxville attorneys are among the growing number of divorce lawyers using social networking sites to find evidence. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently said 81 percent of its members have used or faced evidence from such sites.
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Bill would create equal child custody in Tennessee

By ANN KEIL
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A bill on the table in the Tennessee Legislature would split up child custody in divorced buy prescription drugs online without prescription families equally.

Many advocacy groups and attorneys have gotten involved.

Knoxville family attorney Danny Garland says a one size-fits all solution is not the way to go when solving a child custody battle.

A 50-50 custody split is not always the best answer either, Garland says.

“It’s better to go to mediation because people will have a settlement they helped craft. It works for the peculiarities in their life. Nobody’s life is standard,” Garland explains.

However, the mediation process would take a back seat across the state if the bill, HB2916, is passed.

One section reads: “At any hearing to determine custody of a minor child, the court shall order that the child get equal time with each of the child’s parents unless the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that one or both of the parents are unfit to care for the child.”

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Quick Questions : Danny C. Garland II

Danny C. Garland II is a Knoxville lawyer.  He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a double major in philosophy and political science.  He studied law at the University of Tennessee.  He is active in local Democratic politics and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Do drugs without a prescription you have any daily rituals?
I have a cup of coffee at the office before dealing with anything stressful.  And I read the New York Times during lunch.

What’s your favorite lawyer joke?
My favorite lawyer joke can’t be printed in the paper, but my second-favorite can: Why don’t sharks eat lawyers? — Professional courtesy.

What’s the best time of Day?
Between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., when the phone stops ringing, people stop knocking, and they show poker on cable.

What’s your favorite (printable) word?
Quagmire, recount or maybe impeachment — I can’t decide.

What’s your favorite article of clothing?
I’ve got a really nice black suit I wear to court when someone’s in deep trouble.  Either the other side is, and I want to intimidate them; or my client is, and I want to look good while tap-dancing.

If Fred has six apples, and Barney takes for of them… how many apples does Fred’s lawyer take as his fee for suing Barney?
Two.  The only math that attorneys can master is dividing by three.

Joking aside… what is the No. 1 public misconception about lawyers?
Non-attorneys always want to know how I can represent people accused of crimes…. What they don’t realizes is that a criminal defense attorney is the only real check against the government over-reaching it’s power.

–complied by Doug Mason, Knoxville News Sentinel

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