Springdale, Washington County officials appeal denial of immunity in Duggar lawsuit

Posted: October 12, 2017 at 3 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Three people have filed appeals after a federal judge refused to dismiss them from a lawsuit claiming officials improperly released decade-old information about an investigation into Josh Duggar sexually abusing four of his sisters.

Legal lingo

Interlocutory appeal

An appeal of a ruling by a trial court that is made before the trial itself has concluded. It asks an appellate court to review an aspect of the case before the trial. Interlocutory appeals are typically permitted when an important question of law is in doubt and that it will substantially affect the final result of the case. Judicial economy then dictates that the court resolve the issue rather than subject the parties to a trial that may be reversed on an appeal from a final judgment.

Source: Staff report

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