'Misguided' Duggar Lawsuit: City of Springdale's Full Statement

Several of the Duggar sisters are suing the City of Springdale, Arkansas, for leaking information about their molestation as children by their older brother, Josh Duggar. Although the family has been quiet about it for the most part, Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, have tweeted that they are hoping that this lawsuit will send a message that releasing the names of minors is “never okay.” The girls are also suing In Touch Weekly for leaking the document to the press. The City of Springfield made a full statement in regards to the lawsuit. “May 19, 2017
Statement by Legal Counsel for the City of Springdale:
“The City of Springdale has learned that a lawsuit was filed against the city and two of its public servants by Plaintiffs Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy Duggar. The lawsuit details events that date back to a multi-agency investigation into allegations of molestation of the four named plaintiffs and one other person by Josh Duggar, and claims that that the release of a heavily redacted police report pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act Request was somehow unlawful. The claims and allegations in this lawsuit are without merit and are false, and we are confident that the Federal Court will take the time to carefully hear the facts and arguments in this matter. “The City of Springdale was pleased to prevail in a previous legal action regarding the release of information related to this matter. As we stated nearly two years ago, the city takes seriously its responsibilities to the public under the FOIA as well as its obligations to protect the privacy of victims. With this obligation, the city made the family aware of the Freedom of Information Act Request for the police report and kept the family regularly informed of the status of the request prior to the production of the redacted report. “It is unfortunate that now, at this late date, the Plaintiffs have chosen to file a misguided lawsuit against dedicated public servants and seeking damages from public tax dollars. “Please direct all inquiries to the attorneys listed below. “Thomas N. Kieklak
Harrington, Miller, Kieklak,
Eichmann & Brown, P.A.
4710 S. Thompson, Suite 102
Springdale, AR 72764
Telephone (479) 751-6464
Facsimile (479) 751-3715
tkieklak@arkansaslaw.com “R. Justin Eichmann
Harrington, Miller, Kieklak,
Eichmann & Brown, P.A.
4710 S. Thompson, Suite 102
Springdale, AR 72764
Telephone (479) 751-6464
Facsimile (479) 751-3715
jeichmann@arkansaslaw.com “Susan Keller Kendall
Kendall Law Firm, PLLC
3706 S. Pinnacle Pkwy #201
Rogers, AR 72758
Telephone (479) 464-9878
Facsimile (479) 464-9768
skk@kendalllawfirm.com” Time with the sistas! ???? Due date has come and gone… guess babe just wants to hang out in there for a bit longer! ???? Miss ya, @kristennicoleyoung, @masiespace & @ohtannanbomb! A post shared by Jessa Seewald (@jessaseewald) on Feb 2, 2017 at 5:00pm PST According to the girls who filed the lawsuit, they feel that spreading the information about them and allowing In Touch Weekly to write a story about them made them “victims on a global level.” While their names were redacted due to their minor status, the fact that Josh is named as the perpetrator and his sisters the victims, including citing their ages, made it possible for people to deduce who the victims were. In order for In Touch Weekly to gain access to the information, they filed a Freedom of Information Act and were granted it. However, the city could actually win the case due to the fact that the girls names were never actually mentioned, just implied. As many criminal filings are public record, it may be possible that they will get away with what they did. So glad these visitors got to pop in for a bit today! @jessaseewald @ben_seewald #sister #brotherinlaw #lovemyfamily A post shared by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on Mar 20, 2015 at 11:23am PDT Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald were the only sisters to publicly make a statement. The pair appeared on a television show where they both talked about the impact this had made for them. The girls said that they had already gotten past this as a family and were horrified and embarrassed to have this information circulated around the Internet, especially without their permission. The girls told TMZ that they are suing to “to protect all children who are victims of abuse,” but unfortunately, due to their celebrity status, it is easier for news outlets to gather information about them and publish them. The Duggar family claimed that the girls had already forgiven Josh Duggar for his actions, but some speculate that this is because their religion teaches them that not forgiving someone is as bad as the original act itself. Others have said that Josh has had therapy and been in treatment for what he did, but that his therapy was “Christian” and therefore without anyone who is actually licensed. [Featured Image by Jill Duggar Dillard/Instagram]

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