We live in interesting times, don’t we? Was hoping that the next Duggar lawsuit related news we would hear would be involving Homeland Security’s case against Josh Duggar that shuttered his used car lot. Or that he’s lost the case against him brought by Carl Echols.
No, there has been action in the case that Josh’s victimized sisters bought against law enforcement of the records release. They were upset that Josh’s crimes were exposed to the public, claiming to have been identified and harmed by the documents. Even thought the names were redacted out.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed some of those involved as individuals in the lawsuit ‘qualified immunity’, which means that they cannot be held personally liable in a case of this type. From NWArkansas Online:
“Qualified immunity shields public officials from liability for civil damages if their conduct didn’t “violate clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.”
It does not excuse the organizations being sued, just the individuals from being held financially responsible in a civil suit. Legal eagles here, can you help us understand how this might affect the cases brought by Jessa Seewald, Jill Dillard, Jinger Vuolo and Joy Forsyth?
“Four daughters of the Jim Bob Duggar family sued Springdale and Washington County officials in May 2017 claiming they improperly released redacted police investigation documents to a celebrity magazine, In Touch. The magazine published the information, which allowed the girls to be identified, the suit said.
The police investigation concluded Josh Duggar fondled the sisters and at least one other girl. The statute of limitations had run out and no criminal charges were filed.”
The magazine filed a Freedom of Information request to get the information, which is perfectly legal. The only people who first exposed the names of the victims were Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar themselves. Perhaps the daughters should sue their moneybags parents?
Will be interesting to see which way this case goes. It is my deepest wish that all four of the victims receive counseling in the aftermath of all of this. Counseling they should have received when it happened, that their parents nixed in favor of covering up for their son. Tragic.
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