Release of Josh Duggar's Police Report Raises New Legal Questions
On "The Kelly File" tonight, Trace Gallagher reported on the legal ramifications of Arkansas police releasing juvenile records in the Josh Duggar scandal.
Duggar admitted last month that he inappropriately touched some of his sisters as a teenager.
"I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions," Josh Duggar said in a statement. "I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God's grace, mercy and redemption."
Gallagher reported that the release of Duggar's juvenile police report was approved by Springdale Police Chief Kathy O'Kelley.
Disturbing details about the allegations against Duggar are revealed in the December 2006 police report.
Gallagher explained that the Freedom of Information (FOI) law in Arkansas states that the records of the arrest of a juvenile "shall remain confidential" and "shall not be subject to disclosure under the FOI."
He noted that even though the names of the alleged victims are redacted in the police report, there are abundant details about who the alleged victims are.
State Sen. Bart Hester is calling for O'Kelley to be fired for releasing the police report to the media.
Hester said that O'Kelley acted recklessly by releasing the report and he is accusing her of re-victimizing the girls by making the allegations public.
TLC has pulled all of the current episodes of "19 Kids and Counting" from television. The future of the show is still uncertain.
Megyn Kelly discussed the developments with legal analysts Arthur Aidala and Mark Eiglarsh.
Eiglarsh said he looked into the FOI law and it's "crystal clear" that the juvenile records are not supposed to be made public.
"While I'm glad we know this information, I'm equally as outraged as to how we know it. She must be fired," he said.
Aidala said if he were defending the police chief before a judge, he would argue that she acted appropriately, first consulting the city attorney about the FOI law.
Aidala pointed out exceptions to Freedom of Information laws that have come from the Supreme Court, adding that the names in the report were redacted.
Kelly countered that the identities of those involved were obvious, even with the redactions.
"We are talking about the sealed records of child molestation victims, who did not consent to have what was done to them released," she said.
Watch the report above.