My question involves restraining orders in the State of Ohio.
Short Backstory: The situation involves my brother and his ex-wife. The ex-wife lost custody of my niece for a variety of reasons, but mostly because her new husband physically abused my niece (while the ex-wife and he were on a drug binge). Nearly two years have passed since then, during which time she has fallen nearly $5000 in arrears on court-ordered child support. She is currently facing jail time for Contempt of Court for failing to pay that child support, too.
The Problem: As the custody/child support case has turned ever more against her (she's very close to angering the Judge so much that he may cut off even the bi-monthly supervised visitation she is currently allowed), she has retaliated by using CPOs as weapons to harass my brother.
She fabricates an event—such as an assault or a threatening phone call—and uses that to get a Temporary Protection Order. Then once she has it, and before there has been any hearing over it, she immediately fabricates another event to claim he has violated it. Her goal is presumably to get him thrown in jail, and possibly also to lend weight to her floundering (and failing) attempts to regain custody of my niece.
Please note that in EVERY case so far, my brother has (fortunately) had witnesses and alibis to disprove her allegations. For example, on one occasion a pharmacy security camera showed him picking up a prescription at the very same moment that he was supposedly attacking his ex-wife, twenty miles away.
So the Protection Orders are invariably thrown out, but it sometimes takes weeks or even months to get them thrown out; and in the meantime, he still gets dragged off to jail every time she fabricates a "violation," and he still has to spend money on a lawyer to defend himself against this nonsense. And to make matters worse, the psycho ex-wife appeals every dismissal to drag the whole thing out as long as possible.
To date, she has done this FOUR times. It's the same pattern, every time: She fabricates an event and obtains a PO, then she fabricates another event and claims violation of the PO, and then she appeals the inevitable dismissals—and occasionally, she appeals the dismissal of the appeal, too.
She spends so much time pulling this nonsense that the people in the courthouse know her by name—and they roll their eyes with disgust at the mention of her too, and they have indicated that they KNOW she's only using the system to harass my brother, but they can't do anything to stop her from filing the papers.
Lately, she has even expanded her harassment to include other family members: In addition to her latest false allegations against my brother, she has also filed for a PO against our sister and myself—and the primary cause listed on that complaint is that we were talking about her on my sister's blog. Evidently even she knows that's not grounds for a PO, because she followed that with some fabricated nonsense about us following her or watching her, or something—but it shows what kind of childish, delusional psycho we're dealing with that "taunting and name-calling on the Enternet" (sic) really IS listed on that complaint.
Frankly, I don't understand why she is permitted to keep doing this.
One Complication(?): The custody/child support case is in Greene County. The psycho ex-wife lives in Montgomery County though, and that's where she files all her false allegations of stalking and harassment to get Protection Orders.
So, my Question: What can be done to stop this?