A lawsuit filed against two Joplin attorneys involved with the prosecution of a woman jailed two years ago after being charged with “kidnapping” her own mother has been dismissed in federal court.
Joe Hensley and John Briggs were entitled to “absolute prosecutorial immunity” in the prosecution of Delores Forste and Steve Forste, her husband, according to a ruling by Judge James England, of the U.S. District Court of Western Missouri.
The attorney representing the Forstes said that ruling will be appealed. Attorney Lynn Myers, of Springfield, also has appealed the decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by Emma France, Delores Forste’s mother, and other former county wards, against John Podleski and Gayle Crane, attorneys for Rita Hunter, former Jasper County public administrator. That case will be heard Jan. 19, before the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District.
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