Instead of fading into obscurity after Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal in 2015, the Duggar family quickly rebuilt their media empire even though TLC canceled 19 Kids & Counting, and Josh decided to file a few lawsuits because he was angry that the Springdale, Arkansas, police department told his nasty secret. However, the courts do not agree with Josh’s “logic,” and a judge has thrown out his most recent case against his hometown.
Josh believed that the police violated his rights when they released information about his criminal record to reporters at Life & Style. The former reality star argued that the police broke the law because they released the records of a minor, but he was 27 when they did it.
And, he argued that he had a right to privacy, but also claimed that when the police released his records, it damaged his ability to make money as a celebrity.
The judge disagreed.
“Josh Duggar notes that he has a ‘certain level of celebrity’ and that he engaged in public life,” the judge wrote in his ruling. “Yet he claims that by appearing in a popular reality television series, being a leader in national, political, and civic organizations, and engaging in public speaking, he somehow was conducting himself in a manner consistent with an expectation of privacy.”
The judge in the case also issued a public ruling and declared that Josh waited way too long to appeal the initial ruling. He wrote that the Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure for the Plaintiff to respond had already passed without Josh filing a response. So, he dismissed the case with prejudice.
After his scandal, Josh ended up in rehab for sex addiction and lost his lobbying job in Washington D.C., so he returned to Arkansas and opened a used car lot. But, according to In Touch Weekly, the car lot was illegal because Josh didn’t take the proper steps to obtain the right permits.
Josh failed to apply for a conditional use permit, and the fire marshall caught him and notified the proper authorities. They notified Josh three separate times that he wasn’t in compliance before he took the situation seriously.
In addition to obtaining the proper permits, the county also required Josh Duggar to display the building’s address at the entrance, install smoke detectors in his office, create a fire lane for emergency vehicles, and construct a 20-foot driveway.
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