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Josh Duggar Asks for an Acquittal After Child Porn Conviction as Defense Presents New Information

Josh Duggar Asks for an Acquittal After Child Porn Conviction as Defense Presents New Information

乔什·达格‘s defense team is appealing the guilty verdict served at the end of his trial last month — as they previously vowed to do.

十二月. 9, 露, 33, 曾是 被定罪 on charges of possessing and receiving child sexual abuse material. He now awaits a sentencing hearing.

前真人秀明星, 谁先前承认了多起事件 猥亵未成年人 当他十几岁的时候, was arrested in April and accused of 下载文件 描绘五月对儿童的性虐待 14, 15 和 16 的 2019 在 他当时工作的地方的电脑, 阿肯色州的一个二手车场.

More than a month after his 8-day trial concluded, his lawyers filed a motion asking the court to turn over the conviction and acquit Duggar, citing the prosecution’s allegedfailure to timely disclose material exculpatory evidenceregarding a potential witness.

If the acquittal is denied, Duggar’s team asked in the filing that the court grant him a new trial, according to a copy of the motion obtained by PEOPLE.

The evidence elicited at trial does not support a conviction on either count,” 它读, later claiming thatthe jury had no evidence that Duggar personally viewed any specific portion of any of the files allegedly found on the computer.

Josh Duggar mugshot

Josh Duggar mugshot
Josh Duggar mugshot
| 信用: Washington County Sheriff

审判期间, both the defense and prosecution relied on expert witnesses to argue their respective cases to the jury, most notably the Department of Justice’s James Fottrell, a top government analyst called by the prosecution, and Phoenix-based private examiner Michele Bush, called by the defense.

福特雷尔 told the jury that he found evidence or remnants of dozens — if not more than 100 — 儿童性虐待材料的图片, 以及几个视频, on a partitioned part of the hard drive on Duggar’s computer.

In her testimony, Bush theorized that the criminal activity on the computer may have been ahit and run” 工作, in which a hacker gained undetected remote access to a computer and then vanished after a window of time.

The defense had previously indicated that they would call other witnesses who could have accessed the desktop at the car lot, though they didn’t end up doing so.

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In the new filing, they claim that the government did not properly disclose evidence regarding one such witness — Caleb Williams, a former employee at Duggar’s car lot.

威廉姆斯 “had access to the car lot and the HP desktop computer during certain relevant time periods and that law enforcement had failed to meaningfully investigate the possibility that anyone other than Duggar may have committed the crimes charged,” the motion says.

The defense claims that Williams sent severalunsolicitedemails to the government before and during the trial. 在一, allegedly sent on Nov. 24, he allegedly admits to beingmistakenin a previous interview and says he was in Arkansas during the time that the Linux partition, which was used to conceal the child sexual abuse material, was downloaded on Duggar’s computer.

According to the defense, the government did not disclose the email until three days later, 十一月. 27.

乔什·达格

乔什·达格
乔什·达格
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The defense further claims that Williams also sent a message during the trial in which he says he “成立” old passwords to social media accounts run by some of Duggar’s siblings. Duggar’s passwords were a critical piece of the trial, as the government tried to prove that the passwords used to access the illicit material were the same as those Duggar used personally.

The defense says the government did not disclose the second message until five days after it was sent.

Though Williams was on the witness list, the government objected to him testifying and the court ultimately ruled that if Williams denied being on the lot and denied accessing the computer during the time that the material was downloaded, the defense would not be allowed to inquire further.

Requiring Duggar and, by extension, the jury to simply take at face value Williamsassertions that he was not the one who committed these crimes constitutes an unambiguous violation of Duggar’s Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights,” the defense claims.

If the requests to acquit or grant a new trial are both denied, the defense finally asked that the court dismiss the possession charge against Duggar, as it is the lesser included offense.

Prosecutors have already indicated that Duggar will only face the higher offense when it comes time for sentencing later this year — he can get up to 20 years of imprisonment and $250,000 罚款.

如果您怀疑虐待儿童, 拨打 Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-Child 或 1-800-422-4453, 或访问 www.childhelp.org. 所有电话都是免费且保密的. 热线可用 24/7 在以上 170 语言.

如果您或您认识的人是性虐待的受害者, 文本 “力量” 到危机文本行 741-741 与经过认证的危机顾问有联系.