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Are you asking if there is anything you can do to stop them from telling someone?
As best possible, yes
or, if they do, what recourse is left to me
Unfortunately if they are telling the truth there is nothing that can be done to stop them and there is no recourse.
There is no law that prevents someone from being a gossip if they are not lying.
ok. even if it is overtly malicious?
Unfortunately, the motivation doesn't matter so long as they are telling the truth. If they vary from the truth then you have options.
You can sue them for slander or libel if they lie. For instance, if they told people that you have a conviction for a rape instead of criminally negligent homicide then you could sue them.
Even though they are both felonies, they are not interchangeable.
Your conviction is a matter of public record and you can't sue someone for revealing public information.
yes, of course
I wish I had better news for you.
You could have a lawyer send them what is known as a cease and desist letter and threaten legal action if they tell anything. You and the lawyer would both know it wasn't a real threat but the other person may not know.
That may "scare them off".
that may be useful
I know of cases before where that has worked.
I am personally acquainted with cases where similar letters have been sent and the people have not spread the gossip even though it was perfectly legal for them to do so.
They just didn't want to run the risk of getting sued.
ok. any other thoughts?
No, that's about the only thing that you can try that has a chance of working and it's a pure bluff.
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