What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Florida
Hey Folks - just joined today, and what a plethora of good information! I came in search of just this type of site today because of something that's happening to that age-old friend of mine . . .
Seriously, i have a friend who was recently divorced. It seemed amicable on paper - he filed, she filled out her necessary dissolution components, and he was the only one to appear in a very short court hearing. Since then, however, she has taken many shots at discrediting him, especially to his older children (2 teens; we think she leaves the 10 year old out of it). Sadly, this is all pretty much standard fare in many post-divorce adjustment periods. Today, however, things got a little more dicey. Police officers came to his place of employment and informed him that they'd recieved a "tip" that he was selling pot on government property, (he works for the county) and that they were compelled to search his car and office, using drug dogs. He whole-heartedly invited them to do so, which resulted in nothing more than a little bit of embarrassment for his choice of brides some 20 years ago. Naturally, they would not tell him who provided the "tip," which i can understand. What troubles me is just how much of our limited resources are spent on crank calls such as this one by disgruntled ex-spouses and/or others, in some effort to just embarrass or damage someone's reputation. He has nothing to hide, but how long do folks think he's pure if something like this happens often? Are the police required to put this person on some kind of "crank" list or do they need to respond every time the same person makes this sort of accusation? Does my friend have any legal recourse against this person? At this point, he only has a strong suspicion that it's her. He has no other known enemies. Is there any legal way to find out who actually made the accusation? I would think that only in that case could you file anything at all about defamation, no?
Thank you for even reading all this! I'll look forward to any comments you may have.