Duggar Defense Falls Apart As City Attorney Says Josh Duggar’s Police Report Release Was Legal

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During their interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar claimed that the release of their son’s police report was illegal, but City of Springdale City Attorney explained why the release was completely legal.

During their Fox News interview, Jim Bob Duggar claimed that Josh Duggar’s police report was illegally released, “You know, at this point our family is just trying to regroup from these attacks. When you’re in every newspaper and everything throughout the world, it’s been an unprecedented attack on our family. And it was actually — this information was released illegally, so I wonder why all this press isn’t going after the system for releasing juvenile records. That is a huge story. Now, what our son did 12 years ago, I’m sure it’s a major story to them too, but yet, hopefully, justice will be served on the ones that released juvenile records to protect other juveniles’ from their records from being released.”

Michelle Duggar said that the family’s trust was violated by the police, “What’s devastating as a mom for me is we took our children to the children safety center. We trusted them. We trusted the police department. Our children poured out their hearts. They shared everything. And then to have their trust betrayed? And for all of their information and everything they share to be turned over to a tabloid, for those things to be twisted and shared in a slanderous way, story after story, tabloid after tabloid.”

Springdale City Attorney Ernest Cate knocked down the Duggar defense, “On 5/20/15, in full compliance with Arkansas Law, the Springdale Police Department responded to a records request under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. The requested record was not sealed or expunged, and at the time the report was filed, the person listed in the report was an adult. Any names of minors included in the report, as well as pronouns, were redacted from the report by the Springdale Police Department in compliance with Arkansas law prior to release.”

The court order that the record by destroyed did not come until the following day, May 21, so this means that the release of Josh Duggar’s police report was completely legal. The Duggars claims of police misconduct don’t have a legal leg to stand on. What the police misconduct defense was designed to was to distract from the Duggars role in covering up and enabling their son’s crimes.

Because of the death of Freddie Gray and other incidents, police misconduct has become a topic that is frequently in the news. The Duggars tried to play the victim by crying police misconduct, but their accusations are nothing more than a cynical attempt to drum up sympathy and get their television show back on the air.

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28 Replies to “Duggar Defense Falls Apart As City Attorney Says Josh Duggar’s Police Report Release Was Legal”

  1. OK, here’s something the Duggars should learn about freedom of information laws…

    If a record is not sealed or expunged, then it is fair game to use. The fact that record got wiped out by a judge who clearly has a bias involved here came after the fact.

    It’s pretty much over of them.. I, for one, will mourn the fall of these hypocrites.

  2. It looks as though Michelle has Duggar self a hole too deep to get out of.

    Scadenfruede for these Reichwing, criminal, pedophilic, “Christians.”

  3. In trying to avoid a mess, they got themselves into a bigger denial & cover-up scandal. It serves them well to get publicly caught into their own denial web.

    You know more is coming when even the Huckster is pulling out his support.

    Those abuser adults need to go in a big way, hope that the molested get the help they will need for a long time.

  4. This wasn’t a ‘defense.’ This was a smokescreen to divert attention from the crime. Again.

    where are the victims? Safe? Or at home?

  5. Yeah, I meant to say will not… I don’t get what’s up with the edit button and why it won’t save, but whatever…It’ll be fixed. I trust the people here.

  6. Slander: to make a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone.

    Libel: the act of publishing a false statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone.

    Homeschooling didn’t do her any good either, did it?

    It isn’t either slander, or libel, if it is true. Which they have admitted it was.

    I never could stand that show. To me it is as much a sin to have more kids than you can afford to take care of, both financially and psychologically, and these two have more than proven my point.

  7. Just keep it up Duggars! The longer you stay in the white hot spotlight, the greater the chance that you will lose the support of even your most vociferous fan club members. Everything you say is parsed under a microscope and guess what? You’re seen as duplicitous liars of the first order. You are gone and too stupid to know it.

  8. How does a news report with facts to back it up an attack? And then this:

    “What’s devastating as a mom for me is we took our children to the children safety center. We trusted them. We trusted the police department. Our children poured out their hearts. They shared everything. And then to have their trust betrayed? And for all of their information and everything they share to be turned over to a tabloid, for those things to be twisted and shared in a slanderous way, story after story, tabloid after tabloid.”

    These folks are crazy. Look Duggars, go away and just enjoy the money you got while it was good. Oh, and make sure you spend it wisely.

  9. JESUS! GIVE ME STRENGTH! I’m SO sick and FU#KIN’ tired of the GOP! and the GOP’s evil spawn! the RELIGIOUS RIGHT! I’m gonna lay this out crystal clear! these religious FREAKS trying to defend those WHITE TRASH cult members makes me wanna vomit!! especially these GOP FEMALES, who all the sudden doesn’t think molesting a child is a big deal! BULL$HIT! it is a big deal! A- it’s against the damn law! B- the duggars covered up the child molesting! which in itself is a CRIME!! those are 2 CRIMES right there! josh should have gotten DEEP psychological treat! and REMOVED from the home! the girls should have received counselling and the parents should be UNDER a prison! and the grandfather should be in prison too! This whole damn family is FU#KED UP! OH BUT WAIT! now the GOP’s FREAK squad wants YOU to believe JESUS will forgive them! REALLY? MAYBE JESUS is saying, Why did YOU cover up everything? WHY did you KEEP having 9 more KIDS? WHY did you agree to be on TLC in THE DAMN FIRST…

  10. I’m REALLY pissed off about this for many reasons! my heart breaks for those girls! I’m PISSED because A- these greedy bastards didn’t use the sense GOD gave a fly! WHY would anyone with common sense, knowing theres a skeleton in your closet that’s so FU#KIN’ BIG, you know the truth will eventually come out! with that BULL$HIT in the family, you’d think the LAST damn thing you’d want is a DAMN TELEVISION SHOW! I’m MAD, because now all the GOP’s RELIGIOUS FREAKs are getting upset because NORMAL people aren’t ready to forgive them! HEY GOP! kiss my A$S! if the duggars were BLACK or HISPANIC and weren’t REPUBLICANS! you’d be screaming BLOODY MURDER!! FUX NEWS would be on FULL TILT!, o’reilly and that POS meygan kelly would be BABBLING something about, jesus & santa being WHITE! I heard some dumbA$S republicans trying to compare the duggars to bill clinton & monica lewinski! lol last time I checked, monica was a GROWN A$S woman! and it wasn’t rape either! NICE TRY!…

  11. “And for all of their information and everything they share to be turned over to a tabloid, for those things to be twisted and shared in a slanderous way, story after story, tabloid after tabloid.”

    Oh but it’s just peachy keen wonderful when they get paid LOTS of money to be featured in tabloid articles about how wunderbar their whole family is and how they are living some near-perfect godly life. Which of these stories are the twisted ones?

  12. I read an article at Addicting Info today that mentioned the Foxbots are defending the Duggars with all of their might. They don’t “understand” why the MSM is making such a big deal of this; liberals are hypocrites; Bill Clinton had a sexual relationship with a “child,” too; Lena Dunham molested her sister and is praised for it. It goes on and on. What they don’t realize is that this isn’t a left v. right matter, it’s a measure of who we are as a nation of individuals and whether we abandon principles we claim to believe in when it’s someone we “like.” Obviously, the Foxbots are in the latter category. They don’t seem to understand that not everyone takes a cavalier view of incest, pedophilia, and child abuse. While they base their “forgiveness” on their alleged biblical principles and are focused on protecting JD and his family, most of the rest of us are concerned about the welfare of the victims and the Duggar parents lying and gaming the legal system.

  13. Hey, Duggars:
    Why was it okay for the media to be all up in your family business when you were profiting from it? Now that you’ve been caught out, the media is suddenly your enemy? I’m glad the police released your son’s record. Juveniles shouldn’t be able to get away with crimes any more than adults should. As they say, the dirt comes out in the wash. Never watched your show and now, thankfully, it’s off the air.

  14. “We trusted the police department. Our children poured out their hearts. They shared everything.”

    But they were asleep and didn’t know anything had happened. Which is it you dimwitted breeding machine?

  15. If you weren’t molested as a child, you have no right to make an opinion on Josh Duggar. 1. He was 15 2. His parents had no obligation to report 3. They got their children help. All of them.
    It was more than what was done for me when I was molested by our next door neighbor when I was 9 years old. The neighbor was a real adult at 27 married with 2 children. 4 years of therapy as an adult and I still feel broken. Leave the Duggars alone. No Uterus NO opinion. Get it? I hope so.

  16. I sympathize with you for what you went through and are still trying to come to terms with, BUT even though I was not molested, I still know the difference between right and wrong. Josh Duggar molested his sisters and a babysitter and his family tried to cover it up. From other reports, his father did not report it to the police until Josh was 18 and the counseling he got was helping on a construction site. Did his sisters get counseling or is this just another lie from the Duggars?

  17. The system got it bang on and are not afraid to say so and call out the Duggars on their slippery motives.

    Bravo, Jason Easley!

  18. Buy used and save the difference.

    When the series first aired, all the shopping sprees we saw were at Thrift Shops — when Smugger, Anna and the kids went shopping during their house hunting in DC, it was at expensive souvenir shops — as if one cudn’t find a T-shirt or hoodie with any DC logo at the nearest SallyAnn.

    Money was flowing like wine. [wink]

  19. Last time I checked, I had a uterus, I was molested as a child by a maternal uncle and I sure as heck have an opinion of Josh Duggar.

    First off, let me be very clear that I am sorry for you childhood abuse however you seem to be using the wrong barometers to measure the abuse. The fact that your abuser was older doesn’t necessarily make it worse — one could argue that having a trusted brother violate you has further reaching consequences.

    At 15, Josh knew right from wrong yet he habitually and incestually sexually abused 4 of his sisters – one was only 5 years old.

    Despite what the Duggars say, NONE of the kids got the much needed counselling — NONE! There are no records of it and the recording would be mandatory.

    They may have been trying to protect Josh but they likely caused greater harm as pedophilia ia very resistant to treatment and the best hope is when they are young. 12 years have passed and according to the medical books, Josh is likely to still be lusting.

  20. Last time I checked, I had a uterus, I was molested as a child by a maternal uncle and I sure as heck have an opinion of Josh Duggar.

    First off, let me be very clear that I am sorry for you childhood abuse however you seem to be using the wrong barometers to measure the abuse. The fact that your abuser was older doesn’t necessarily make it worse — one could argue that having a trusted brother violate you has further reaching consequences.

    At 15, Josh knew right from wrong yet he habitually and incestually sexually abused 4 of his sisters – one was only 5 years old.

    Despite what the Duggars say, NONE of the kids got the much needed counselling — NONE! There are no records of it and the recording would be mandatory.

    They may have been trying to protect Josh but they likely caused greater harm as pedophilia is very resistant to treatment and the best hope is when they are young. 12 years have passed and according to the medical books, Josh is likely to still be lusting.

  21. Unless you were in their house you have no idea what they did or didn’t do.. He touched them yes, molested them NO he did not. he did not have sex with them in any kind of way so there was no sexual nothing. People need to mind their own business. Just because you read something it doesn’t mean you can make a decision about what happened by what you went through your self. Stop judging them when you don’t live in their house and don’t know them personally..

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