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Josh Duggar Just Lost a Lawsuit Against the Tabloid that Broke the Story of His Underage Molestation of 5 Girls

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Two years ago TLC cancelled one of its top hit shows, “19 Kids and Counting,” after reports broke about the reality TV family’s eldest son having molested five girls, including several of his young sisters, when he was 14 or 15 years old.

Josh Duggar sued Arkansas officials who had released police reports to In Touch magazine. He just lost his case against the officials. He and his sisters also sued In Touch Weekly, which broke the news of his actions. That case also was dismissed.

“A federal judge dismissed virtually all of Josh Duggar’s claims against Springdale and Washington County officials who released decade-old, redacted police investigative reports about Duggar molesting four of his sisters to a celebrity magazine that published the information,” Arkansas Online reports.

Citing the First Amendment, U.S. District Judge Tim Brooks dismissed most of Duggar’s case against the tabloid, and the case filed by and with his sisters, saying In Touch did not publish false information.

LOOK: Jessa Duggar Wants You All To Know You’re Probably Going To Hell

Last month Josh Duggar was sued by the man whose photo Dugger allegedly used as his own on on at least one of his paid accounts at Ashley Madison, the “dating” website for those interested in extra-marital affairs. Salon reports Duggar “is being sued by Los Angles-based D.J. Matthew McCarthy, who claims Duggar used his image to solicit sex online.” Duggar reportedly also used McCarthy’s photo at OKCupid.

Dugger had those accounts while working as the head of FRC Action, a job for which he had zero relevant experience but did offer name-recognition among FRC’s anti-gay base.

Not only did the Duggars lose their TV show after news broke of Josh’s actions, Duggar lost his job at Family Research Council Action, the political arm of the anti-gay hate group FRC. One branding expert estimated the Duggars could be losing $25 million a year as a result of Josh’s actions.

President Donald Trump spoke at an FRC convention this past Friday.

Josh Duggar apologized for cheating, blaming Satan and a porn addiction.

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Watch: Dan Savage Blasts Duggars For ‘Demonizing’ LGBT People While Covering Up For Their Son

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‘I Will Not Stand by Silently’: Sotomayor Blasts SCOTUS Conservatives Over Their Latest Attack on Abortion Rights

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“The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed outrage at her conservative Supreme Court colleagues Thursday afternoon, after the six right wing jurists went one step further in attacking the constitutional guarantee of abortion.

Voting 6-3 against a women’s health care provider the Court denied a request by Texas Women’s Health, which provides abortion services, to change jurisdictions, which according to Justice Sotomayor the Court should have done.

“The lawsuit is now stalled with the Texas Supreme Court,” Rewire News reports.

Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, a Supreme Court expert calls Sotomayor’s dissent “stunning.”

“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Sotomayor writes. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”

She begins her dissent by explaining the case:

“It has been over four months since Texas Senate Bill 8 (S. B. 8) took effect. The law immediately devastated access to abortion care in Texas through a complicated private-bounty-hunter scheme that violates nearly 50 years of this Court’s precedents.”

“Today, for the fourth time, this Court declines to protect pregnant Texans from egregious violations of their constitutional rights. One month after directing that the petitioners’ suit could proceed in part, the Court countenances yet another violation of its own commands. Instead of stopping a Fifth Circuit panel from indulging Texas’ newest delay tactics, the Court allows the State yet again to extend the deprivation of the federal constitutional rights of its citizens through procedural manipulation. The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

In response the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, accused the Supreme Court of “once again putting ideology over the rule of law.”

 

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Ivanka Trump Responds to Committee’s Invite by Saying She Called for End to Violence – Leaves Out ‘Patriots’ Part

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Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.

A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.

“As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” the statement reads. “As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”

But in the actual Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists “American Patriots,” as CNN reported that day:

 

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Georgia Prosecutor Asks to Convene Special Grand Jury to Investigate Donald Trump’s Alleged Election Interference

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A Georgia county district attorney has requested to convene a special grand jury to assist in her investigation of Donald Trump‘s alleged election interference.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a letter to the county’s Superior Court chief judge writes that her office “has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions,” according to the Associated Press.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (photo) was forced to release audio of then-President Trump appearing to intimidate him into fixing the election in his favor.

Trump, in the audio, can be heard berating and threatening the Republican Secretary of State, demanding he “recalculate” the losing election results and “find 11,780 votes” for him, which would have enabled Trump to falsely be declared the winner. Raffensberger refused.

“So look. All I want to do is this,” Trump told Raffensberger. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” he added, falsely. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”

Willis told the AP the scope of her investigation “includes — but is not limited to — a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.”

 

 

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