The same day the Court of Appeals issued a strongly-worded opinion calling the Orange County child custody case involving Emily McManaway's son a "charade," it issued a second opinion affirming the dismissal of McManaway's lawsuit against LDS Family Services, Cecil Bohannon, Marvilyn Bohannon, Kristin Bradley Branch, Johnny Lee Branch and Attorneys Donna Ambler Rice and Leigh Peek, on the grounds they had absolute immunity because their misconduct occurred during judicial proceedings. The Court noted that other legal remedies may be available to McManaway against the parties who interfered with custody of her son:
Because we are reviewing an order granting a motion to dismiss, we have taken all of the allegations of plaintiff's complaint as true. To the extent that they are in fact true, they reveal an appalling scheme to separate a child from his mother by misrepresentations and manipulation of court proceedings. Our conclusion that the trial court properly dismissed the complaint should not be read as an endorsement of defendants' actions. Other legal remedies may be available to plaintiff for these wrongs.