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California - How Liable am I?

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Junior Member
If I obtain criminal records of a family member who is no longer a family member, and then send these documents to the new family she's trying to scam..., er... marry into, Could she sue me?

I'm only sharing public documents at this point which anyone could go and find.

How about if I send these docs and include a cover letter introducing myself and my relationship to this woman; and then go into some detail explaining what these criminal records are and provide some additional details into her crimes that I've learned from some of her victims. Could I be sued for Libel then?

Okay. How about if I send the criminal records, provide some additional details, and tell her potential new suckers, ah, hmm, eh I mean family members my opinion of the woman and why they should beware (she lies, she's a thief, etc...). Could I then be sued? Again, these are my opinions but my opinions reflect her actions within her criminal records. Now could I be sued for libel? How about harrassment?

I have been advised to not send any more of these packets out with the included cover letter which I will do, so there are only 4-5 of these packets floating around (some to her new potential family and some to former employers of hers [she was an embezzler from one of her old employers]). Since there are so few of these packets out, and is seen by so few people, could this even be construed as a "public broadcast of Libelous statements"?

Have I violated any other rules I'm unaware of that she may sue me for?
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Senior Member
You have 1st amendment rights to express an opinion.
It is not slander or libel if it is facts and or public record, so the wording of the cover letter could be a problem if it gets too deep into opinion that is unsupported by facts and evidence.

If the victim is an elder or an at risk person you can always contact the appropriate APS.

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