Judge Swann Gets a Bad Press Release

It is highly unusual for a lawyer to publicly criticize the judge in a case, though it might be easier for a lawyer from out of town.

Attorney Elliot Schuchardt has issued a press release criticizing Family Court Judge Bill Swann’s actions in a divorce case. Schuchardt said Swann appointed a state-paid attorney for a man in a divorce case who earns $73,000 a year when attorneys are supposed to be appointed only for indigent defendants, making less than $23,000. Schuchardt, who represents the wife, says Swann would not declare the wife in the case indigent though she is an unemployed teacher.

Schuchardt, whose firm is in Pennsylvania, has asked Swann to recuse himself from the case.

The divorce case of Dendy v. Dendy has been going on since July 2007 and has occasioned 25 hearings.

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Comments » 16

noxcounty writes:

Swann needs to go - he is arbitrary and capricious in his rulings, his demeanor, and in the schedule he keeps (only 100 days a year)

Taxpayer writes:

Wow. Its unbelievable what the metropulse will print just because a "lawyer" calls them and says it true. I have been going through a divorce in Swanns court and he has been very fair to everyone. I have seen the Dendy v Dendy case several times when I am there waiting on my case. Elliott Schuchardt is by far the worst attorney I have ever seen. Elliott Schuchardt is dating and living with the wife/client in the Dendy case. The only reason the husband (100% sole custody) has a state paid attorney is because of the debt incurred during marriage (over 100k, I think?) and that Elliott Schuchardt is trying to put the husband in jail for 70 days, based on false allegations. Furthermore, I was in court last week and saw Mr. Schuchardt get permanantly removed from the Dendy case....Then an hour later he sends this "press release" to the metropulse. Notice how knoxnews or any other news didn't pick it up? I guarantee that he called every news outlet within 100 miles. Mr. Elliott Schuchardt used to practice in Knox county, until he was a known terrible lawyer so he moved to Pennsylvania.

Justicewillprevail writes:

I have lived in Knoxville for most of my adult life. I have had a couple of friends go through Judge Swann's court and he is a fair and nice judge. With all due respect, Mrs. Dendy must have done something proposterous and "annoyed" Judge Swann to have her atty. removed from the Court. I feel it was in poor judgement that if what @TaxPayer says on Mr.Schuchardt's part to go to the "press".. As I said earlier, I myself being female, have had 3 other female friends go through his 4th circuit court and he is ALWAYS on the mother's side... which makes me wonder...what has she DONE? I really shudder to think..I agree if the man has sole custody of the child, and she is "unemployed" and not contributing enough financially, by all means give the poor man a lawyer and yes we should pay. Mrs.? Dendy, however, should incur every expense that I as a taxpayer are paying these atrocious 25 hearings!!! I am glad they both are living in PA bc I would hate to see them on the street.. Kudos to Swann for Swann kicking him and her out. Sounds like she would be a hazard to her son/daughter anyways..As I said before, Swann always gives the mother the benefit of the doubt, maybe you will get the mental help you both need Schuchardt/Dendy? Good Luck to you both

Justice4All writes:

Well Folks you might want to check your facts! I have never lived in PA and as the USPS would tell anyone as I get a ton of mail daily in Ohio my home. I certainly am not dating at the moment, (lol pretty sure I would be the first to know). As to debt Mr Dendy took out 60000 of personal loans from his fam to purchase cigars,alchol, and vacations during his appointed time with kids for which he claimed to be working(yes it was documented), as well as get a new home. We subpeonead the financials and his Amex bill so it is not hard to prove his crazy spending sprees. Happy to share with media or court. Check your facts folks.That's a number one rule in journalism and don't speak if you cant back it up.Just because you say it doesn't make it so.
FYI Judge Swann has never kicked me out of court and I actually was checked out by a Paramedic at the courthouse and they called an ambulance due to my heart issue and I spent the day in hospital getting more tests and then drove home. That would have been hard to do if I was getting lol thrown out of court. You dont seem to have gotten much right in your post.
Clearly the former comments did not come from anyone who was really in court or they would have gotten the facts closer to the truth and less libelous.

Justice4All writes:

OH FYI if you want to see the real release with a date and time hack here you go as the earlier comment was wrong the release was made more than a week earlier:
http://dragonaters.blogspot.com/searc...

Justice4All writes:

in response to Justicewillprevail:

I have lived in Knoxville for most of my adult life. I have had a couple of friends go through Judge Swann's court and he is a fair and nice judge. With all due respect, Mrs. Dendy must have done something proposterous and "annoyed" Judge Swann to have her atty. removed from the Court. I feel it was in poor judgement that if what @TaxPayer says on Mr.Schuchardt's part to go to the "press".. As I said earlier, I myself being female, have had 3 other female friends go through his 4th circuit court and he is ALWAYS on the mother's side... which makes me wonder...what has she DONE? I really shudder to think..I agree if the man has sole custody of the child, and she is "unemployed" and not contributing enough financially, by all means give the poor man a lawyer and yes we should pay. Mrs.? Dendy, however, should incur every expense that I as a taxpayer are paying these atrocious 25 hearings!!! I am glad they both are living in PA bc I would hate to see them on the street.. Kudos to Swann for Swann kicking him and her out. Sounds like she would be a hazard to her son/daughter anyways..As I said before, Swann always gives the mother the benefit of the doubt, maybe you will get the mental help you both need Schuchardt/Dendy? Good Luck to you both

You seem very confused. The records for divorce cases can viewed and actually in contested divorces it will show that the male is traditionally favored in recent years and I can cite many instances.. Check your facts. Hearsay as to your opinion means nothing but the record speaks.
Also court costs are part of standard divorce fees since you obviously are lacking knowledge as to the real ways of court situations.
I believe you also just falsely accused a judge of throwing someone out of court that they did not. Im not sure Honorable Judge Swann would care for you misspeaking on his part. Its never a good idea to tell the Judge what he has said or not.

Justice4All writes:

in response to Taxpayer:

Wow. Its unbelievable what the metropulse will print just because a "lawyer" calls them and says it true. I have been going through a divorce in Swanns court and he has been very fair to everyone. I have seen the Dendy v Dendy case several times when I am there waiting on my case. Elliott Schuchardt is by far the worst attorney I have ever seen. Elliott Schuchardt is dating and living with the wife/client in the Dendy case. The only reason the husband (100% sole custody) has a state paid attorney is because of the debt incurred during marriage (over 100k, I think?) and that Elliott Schuchardt is trying to put the husband in jail for 70 days, based on false allegations. Furthermore, I was in court last week and saw Mr. Schuchardt get permanantly removed from the Dendy case....Then an hour later he sends this "press release" to the metropulse. Notice how knoxnews or any other news didn't pick it up? I guarantee that he called every news outlet within 100 miles. Mr. Elliott Schuchardt used to practice in Knox county, until he was a known terrible lawyer so he moved to Pennsylvania.

Mr Schuchardt is now formerly in charge of the pending Dendy vs Dendy case in the HIGHER courts and is focusing resources onto that component. You also are confused as to facts.Including the fact that this has been picked up in other locations as you were confused. The items to which you are speaking are inaccurate and as I am she I will safely say you are innaccurate in numerous examples throughout your diatribe. It is okay to have differing opinions but not to innaccurately portray them as fact.
A few definitions you may want to become familiar with:
1. What is defamation?
Answer: Defamation is the making of false statements, oral or written, about another person. There are two types of defamation, libel and slander.
2. What is libel?
Answer: Libel is a form of defamation that results when a false and defamatory statement is written about a person (as opposed to spoken about a person)
Hope this helps you with your confusion.

Justice4All writes:

in response to noxcounty:

Swann needs to go - he is arbitrary and capricious in his rulings, his demeanor, and in the schedule he keeps (only 100 days a year)

Certainly a somewhat unusual schedule for such a busy court.

Eleanor_Rigby writes:

The Dendy case involves allegations of improper payments to Judge Swann. If such payments were not made, then let Judge Swann produce the records of his campaign donors. The records are MISSING from the Knox County Election Commission.

Taxpayer writes:

in response to Justice4All:

Mr Schuchardt is now formerly in charge of the pending Dendy vs Dendy case in the HIGHER courts and is focusing resources onto that component. You also are confused as to facts.Including the fact that this has been picked up in other locations as you were confused. The items to which you are speaking are inaccurate and as I am she I will safely say you are innaccurate in numerous examples throughout your diatribe. It is okay to have differing opinions but not to innaccurately portray them as fact.
A few definitions you may want to become familiar with:
1. What is defamation?
Answer: Defamation is the making of false statements, oral or written, about another person. There are two types of defamation, libel and slander.
2. What is libel?
Answer: Libel is a form of defamation that results when a false and defamatory statement is written about a person (as opposed to spoken about a person)
Hope this helps you with your confusion.

Never argue with an idiot. They will just bring you down to their level and win with experience.

Justice4All writes:

in response to Taxpayer:

Never argue with an idiot. They will just bring you down to their level and win with experience.

Pretty clear, Taxpayer, that you have no first hand knowledge on any of the facts and have never seen any of the issues in person. Well they do say ignorance is bliss. Enjoy your stay in Never Never land.

LindaWagner writes:

in response to Eleanor_Rigby:

The Dendy case involves allegations of improper payments to Judge Swann. If such payments were not made, then let Judge Swann produce the records of his campaign donors. The records are MISSING from the Knox County Election Commission.

Thank you for this information. I will be requesting these records. If they are MISSING the Metro Pulse should be investigating this! swann is way beyond corrupt.

ForFairness writes:

Judge Swann is unfortunately out of control and the man thinks he is above the law and an expert in every field. I know of four people who have dealt with him recently and he has used the same "tactics" on all four (who are not acquainted with each other). He orders psychological examinations and when they prove to be contrary to his expectations he considers them invalid and removes them from evidence. He makes hasty off-the-cuff decisions and then when presented with evidence which contradicts his initial opinion at a later date, he refuses to back down because he will not admit that he has made a mistake or that he was wrong. Many good people are suffering due to his inability to be fair and unbiased. He is apparently allowing the conditions & circumstances prevailing under his previous marriages to contaminate his thinking and he is extremely biased and obviously has an "agenda". He is NOT making the welfare of the children his first priority. Children and their protection should come first and foremost, regardless of their parent's rights and regardless of the amount of money a parent may make or who their attorney may be! If there is even the slightest doubt that a child has been physically abused then that child should be removed from the abusive parent's custody immediately. Judge Swann apparently is more concerned with the parent's rights than those of the child, even to the extent where he refuses to hear or believe the reports of expert psychologists. He is allowing alcoholic parents to have custody of their children, telling them "just don't drink around the kids." He is provided with evidence that a parent is driving under the influence while the children are in the car and he still allows that parent to retain partial custody. SHAME ON JUDGE SWANN! He is not God and he should not be allowed to put innocent children at risk just to ensure that the parent has a "right to custody". He is more likely to favor certain attorneys who may have contributed to his campaign. He should be ordered to provide a list of all attorneys who are in his "pocket" and those attorneys would not be allowed to represent clients in his court. Judge Swann apparently is highly influenced by the use of certain "buzz words" (which are known by many in his court) and he falls for & believes inaccurate accusations against an individual simply due to the use of those terms. When this happens, there is no turning back, and he refuses to see or listen to the truth. He is extremely prejudiced and is hurting many innocent parents and children and he should be removed from office immediately. He is not an effective, fair, impartial or unbiased judge. It is time for Judge Swann to GO!

francess writes:

in response to ForFairness:

Judge Swann is unfortunately out of control and the man thinks he is above the law and an expert in every field. I know of four people who have dealt with him recently and he has used the same "tactics" on all four (who are not acquainted with each other). He orders psychological examinations and when they prove to be contrary to his expectations he considers them invalid and removes them from evidence. He makes hasty off-the-cuff decisions and then when presented with evidence which contradicts his initial opinion at a later date, he refuses to back down because he will not admit that he has made a mistake or that he was wrong. Many good people are suffering due to his inability to be fair and unbiased. He is apparently allowing the conditions & circumstances prevailing under his previous marriages to contaminate his thinking and he is extremely biased and obviously has an "agenda". He is NOT making the welfare of the children his first priority. Children and their protection should come first and foremost, regardless of their parent's rights and regardless of the amount of money a parent may make or who their attorney may be! If there is even the slightest doubt that a child has been physically abused then that child should be removed from the abusive parent's custody immediately. Judge Swann apparently is more concerned with the parent's rights than those of the child, even to the extent where he refuses to hear or believe the reports of expert psychologists. He is allowing alcoholic parents to have custody of their children, telling them "just don't drink around the kids." He is provided with evidence that a parent is driving under the influence while the children are in the car and he still allows that parent to retain partial custody. SHAME ON JUDGE SWANN! He is not God and he should not be allowed to put innocent children at risk just to ensure that the parent has a "right to custody". He is more likely to favor certain attorneys who may have contributed to his campaign. He should be ordered to provide a list of all attorneys who are in his "pocket" and those attorneys would not be allowed to represent clients in his court. Judge Swann apparently is highly influenced by the use of certain "buzz words" (which are known by many in his court) and he falls for & believes inaccurate accusations against an individual simply due to the use of those terms. When this happens, there is no turning back, and he refuses to see or listen to the truth. He is extremely prejudiced and is hurting many innocent parents and children and he should be removed from office immediately. He is not an effective, fair, impartial or unbiased judge. It is time for Judge Swann to GO!

Amen! The circle of attorneys that operate there in his court, ie his officers, are very well versed in non verbal communication with Swann ie saying phrases like "tender years" "in fear" the list goes on and on! They all contribute to his campaign fund in exchange for wins in court. He calls them into his chambers mid trial to do so. This is true! wasnt he busted for having partial ownership in a psycological evaluating firm several years ago. The same firm he forced families to go to and pay in cash up front. He has put so many families into bankruptcy in order to fight to be able to see their kids. He has ruined the employablity of so many by issuing criminal contempt charges against innocent people simply to assist attorneys by giving the the leverage to collect attorney fees from people who have exhausted their savings trying to make it through his little system. Contempt charges are not bankruptable because if the person chooses not to pay him they go to jail. ITS CALLED EXTORTION!

Screwedbycourt writes:

Well Having been Before J Swann in the 4th Circuit Court I can say that I want to know the Psychology group he owned part of and when , also I have been before him 10 or more times. I went to jail by him and had bond set for contempt of court at 150,000 $ and spent 45 days in there when it should have been 10 MAX. He is a little screw ball and a poor judge, He has been Married 4 times but his divorces are sealed to hide the facts. I want him out he is Biased and Unfair and has small dog syndrome. Get rid of him on the next election, and yes I can back up everything I say about him. I agree with The Lawyer .

Screwedbycourt writes:

Yeah all the Buzzed words were used in my case against me, David Valone one of his favorite patsies is the worst I dont know what they have going on but it is wrong. And so Is Swann.

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