Nevada Lawyer Sues Over Mean Facebook Comments
Divorces are one of the more emotional encounters an individual will have with the legal system. A divorce attorney often takes on the dual role of lawyer and therapist as he or she guides their client through the legal process of a divorce. You may not appreciate his or her soon to be ex-spouse's legal counsel. So what does a Nevada man do to vent his frustration with his wife's attorney? He takes to Facebook, of course.
Jordan Cooper, the unhappily-ever-after husband in Nevada, took to posting mean Facebook comments about attorney Jonathan Goldsmith, and he is now being sued for it, according to Above The Law. Cooper even went so far as to have a relative Facebook "friend" Jonathan Goldsmith in order to gain access to his pictures and personal information. Goldsmith is suing for damages stemming from the defamatory comments.
Facebook is becoming quite the fertile ground for attorneys and legal investigators. In addition to the Nevada lawyer suing over mean Facebook comments, Facebook is also being used in another area of divorces -- as evidence.
CNN quotes divorce attorney Ken Altshuler on Facebook's increasing utility: "Facebook is a great source of evidence. Its absolutely solid evidence because he's the author of it. How do you deny that you put that on." Far more common than the unique case in Nevada, divorce lawyers are looking to Facebook for evidence of infidelity, lies, and other forms of photo or written evidence. So the moral of the story is be careful what you post online. What you say in the cyber world may surface in a court of law.
- Facebook and Divorce: Airing the Dirty Laundry (Time)
- Facebook Used to Catch Bigamist (FindLaw's Law and Daily Life)
- Son Sues Mommy Dearest For Harassment on Facebook (FindLaw's Law and Daily Life)
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