Josh Duggar Ignores Court, Only Narrowly Avoids Arrest

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Earlier this week, disgraced reality star Josh Duggar was ordered to appear in court.

As it turns out, that wasn't all. He avoided being arrested by the skin of his teeth.

Josh Duggar and a Kid

Believe it or not, this wasn't even about the huge federal raid on Duggar properties.

It's also not about Josh Duggar's notorious sex crimes against young girls, which were concealed from law enforcement and the public for years.

Josh is a notorious creep and many fans believe that he believes himself to be untouchable because he has gotten away with so much already.

One worries when a man's near brush with the law has such a bounty of potential explanations.

Josh Duggar: Back on the 'Gram

So what actually happened?

Josh Duggar was supposed to appear for a preliminary hearing in his trial for real estate fraud.

As you may remember, Josh is accused of essentially stealing another man's land.

It turns out that when you're in the middle of a fraud lawsuit, you have to go to court. Who knew?

Josh Kisses Anna

It appears that Josh totally misunderstood that, when his company was named in the suit, he needed to show up personally.

Josh was a no-show for court on Monday, where he was required to answer 30 questions from the opposing attorney.

The judge entered a contempt citation, and warned that if Josh did not show up, a "body attachment" might be issued.

No, that doesn't mean that Josh would become a cyborg (thanks for the nightmares!). It means that he would essentially be arrested.

Josh Duggar at the Zoo

As much as it would fill millions with righteous schadenfreude to see Josh dragged to court in cuffs, that's not how it went down.

Instead, after missing court Monday, Josh had until 4pm on Tuesday to burden the court with his presence.

Josh made the deadline ... but only barely, despite presumably having an entire day to get with the program.

Just seventeen minutes before what's essentially an arrest warrant would have been issued, Josh finally showed up.

Josh Duggar Is Back

So, how did Josh get here? Well, for starters, he's doing reasonably well financially.

How is a notorious child-molester able to buy tracts of land in our current, hellish economy when he has so many mouths to feed?

The secret is, as always, that his dad is loaded. 

But when you're buying land left and right as an investment, for your car lot, and just to flex on your neighbors, sometimes you get into trouble.

Josh Duggar, Anna Duggar, and Kids in 2017

A man named Carl Echols is suing Josh Duggar for buying the land that he owns and on which he lives directly out from under him.

Carl says that he bought the 5-acre property back in 2006 for the tidy sum of $17,500.

(The land is in rural Arkansas, which is how Josh bought an entire upper middle class cul-de-sac worth of land for the price of a used car)

Carl says that he bought the land from his cousin, Edward Lewis. This is where it gets tricky.

Josh Duggar on YouTube

Edward Lewis apparently sold the land again, much more recently, to Josh Duggar.

For whatever reason, this time, he made the alleged sale for only $1,000. 

Now, fraud schemes about selling another's property are infamous. There are decades-old sayings about selling bridges to the gullible.

But Carl argues that Josh's own due diligence as a businessman should have turned up that he was "buying" land that was not for sale.

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