A hearing has been set for January 21, at which Josh Duggar, or his legal representation, must be present for an initial pretrial conference regarding the sexual battery case filed against the shamed Duggar son by porn star Danica Dillon. The pretrial hearing comes as Josh Duggar’s lawyers filed for a notice of removal on December 23. The disgraced sex addict’s lawyers filed a notice of removal in order to have the case transferred from Pennsylvania state court to federal district court. The case was originally filed in Pennsylvania courts, as that is the state in which Dillon claims the sexual assault took place. However, neither Josh Duggar nor Danica Dillon reside in the state. Therefore, Duggar’s legal team is hoping to have the case moved to federal court. In preparation for the upcoming hearing, it seems that Josh Duggar may have returned to Arkansas and cut his rehabilitation short. Flight records indicate that the Duggar family plane made a flight to Rockford, Illinois, on December 29 and quickly returned. Was Josh Duggar on the plane that landed in Springdale, Arkansas, late last night?
“Defendant manhandled Plaintiff and physically assaulted her to the point of causing her physical and emotional injuries. Indeed, Plaintiff felt as if she were being raped by the Defendant.”
A pretrial hearing was set for January 21, 2016, at which a judge will consider whether the case should be moved to federal court or remain in Pennsylvania. The pretrial hearing is set to take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Judge Kearney ordering Josh Duggar to file a pretrial memo by January 11, 2016, and Danica Dillon to respond by January 19, 2016. The pair, or their legal representation, will then attend the pretrial hearing to discuss the memo and response for final determination.
With only 12 days left until Duggar’s memo is due to courts, it seems that Josh Duggar may have returned to Arkansas in preparation. Flight records show that the Duggar family airplane left Springdale, Arkansas, on December 29 and landed in Rockford, Illinois. The airport in Rockford is only 10 miles away from the rehabilitation facility that Josh is attending for his sex and pornography addiction. The airplane was only on the ground for a little over an hour, just enough time to pick up a passenger, before heading back to Arkansas. The plane landed back in Springdale that same night.
What do you think about Josh Duggar potentially leaving rehab early to deal with the Danica Dillon sexual battery case? Do you think he will show his face at the pretrial hearing or send his legal representation in his place?
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