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Thank you for using Just Answer. I look forward to assisting you.You have a couple of options to explore, but I'll be completely honest -there's no "magic" legal answer or option that's guaranteed to put an end to this . First, you should see whether you can get a restraining order against her, which would prevent her from having contact with you or coming near you. You don't say what state this is in, and all states are different (in Florida, for example, restraining orders generally can only be taken out against close family members). Even if you do get a restraining order against her though, that wouldn't prevent her from making false statements against you to others. In that situation, what you could do is talk to a lawyer about a possible defamation suit. Defamation of character occurs when a person intentionally or negligently makes false statements about someone (either in writing or verbal) to a third party or parties, resulting in damages. Now, damages could be hard to prove -I understand she has been a great source of stress and aggravation and made hurtful comments, but a court can't put a price on feelings. Damages could be something like medical bills resulting from having to see a therapist due to her actions, or loss of income for example, if her false statements caused you to lose your job, or customers. Sometimes, a demand letter from a lawyer threatening legal action is enough to stop a person's behavior, but given that this has continued on for several years, and even criminal charges didn't stop your brother's wife, I don't know if that would be enough.
So it certainly sounds like her false statements could have caused you monetary damages, which would support a defamation claim.Pennsylvania does not have any type of civil harassment restraining/protective orders, only "protection from abuse" type orders, which deal with domestic violence matters.That said, if the behavior of your nieces or your brother's wife is to the point of threatening, obnoxious and repetitive behavior, another thing you might consider is filing a police report for harassment. The police would then have to look into the matter and decide whether they wanted to charge them with criminal harassment.
The message to your sister wouldn't be criminal harassment against you, but the other messages potentially could be, and it may be worth you filing a police report. Just keep in mind that harassment is repetitive. A couple of text messages or phone calls likely wouldn't rise to harassment, but a dozen text messages, or your phone going off all night as she tries to call, or flooding your email with nasty messages? Absolutely that could be considered harassment.
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