Lawyers Mine Facebook, MySpace For Clues They Can Use in Court

At Malbrough & Lirette in Houma, La., a secretary browses MySpace and Facebook Web sites each day.  She’s not checking the online social networking sites for personal reasons, but is performing one of her job duties."It’s an everyday occasion," said Joan Malbrough, a partner at the three-attorney firm, which handles family law, personal injury and corporate law matters. "Every new client we do a MySpace and Facebook search on to see if they or their spouse have any useful information."  In one case, Malbrough said she helped secure shared custody for the father after finding his wife had posted sexually explicit comments on her boyfriend’s MySpace page. In another case, a husband;s credibility was questioned because, on his MySpace page, he said he was single and looking…Lawyers and criminal cases are increasingly finding that social networking sites can contain treasure chests of information for their cases…

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