Josh Duggar Demands New Trial Following Guilty Verdict in Child Pornography Case; Claims He Never Viewed Downloaded Files

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Josh Duggar is demanding a new trial after being found guilty in December of possessing and receiving child sex abuse materials (CSAM). 

According to court documents obtained by The Sun, Josh’s legal team has also filed a motion for an acquittal of the guilty verdict. If both requests are ultimately denied by the court, attorneys for the disgraced former 19 Kids and Counting star are asking to dismiss Count 2– the possession of CSAM charge. 

(As The Ashley told you earlier this month, Josh’s team was granted an additional 10 days to file these post-trial motions, which were originally supposed to be filed no later than January 9.)

Regarding the requested acquittal, Josh’s team claim the Government “failed to adduce any evidence that [Josh] ‘knew that the visual depictions were of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct’– a necessary element for conviction of each count.” His attorneys also claim that certain files allegedly found on Josh’s computer were “never viewed by any user of the computer and that all the files at issues had been deleted shortly after being downloaded.” 

“Sounds legit to me!”

As for the request for a new trial, Josh’s team argues the Government failed to present exculpatory evidence in a timely manner, which could create reasonable doubt for the defendant.

The team also cited their inability to call Caleb Williams, a former employee of Josh’s now-shuttered Wholesale Motorcars, whom allegedly had access to the car lot, as well as the computer on which the CSAM was downloaded. 

Wholesale Motorcars, which has since been abandoned…

Caleb allegedly submitted an email to prosecutor William Clayman admitting he may have been at the car lot on May 11, 2019– the date the Linux partition was downloaded. (More information on the Linux partition installed on Josh’s computer can be found here.) 

Josh’s legal team is also arguing that the Government “failed to turn over exhibits” created by expert witness James Fottrell in advance of the trial, and that James testified about geolocation– which placed Josh at the car lot on certain dates/times– despite being allegedly “unqualified” to do so. 

Josh faces 20 years in prison for his crimes. He is set to be sentenced in April.

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(Photos: TLC; The Ashley) 

11 Responses

  1. What a POS.

    So what if he didn’t look at it. Which is just a bold face lie.

    He was charged and convicted of possessioning it and receiving it. He wasn’t charged with looking at it,

    This man is a danger to society and he is exactly where he needs to be to keep children safe, especially his own.

    He’s probably just realizing that as famous and rich as he was on the outside, ped0’s don’t do with in jail, and for good reason.

    All of Jim Bob’s money, which he stole from Josh’s victims, isn’t going to get it him out of this one.

  2. He says he never saw them, but isn’t denying that he downloaded them ? This POS shouldn’t be able to DEMAND shit. Just take your punishment and shut up bitch.

  3. I hope he keeps these ridiculous appeals coming and all before April. One so he can use them all up and two so the judge can see he has absolutely no intention of taking any sort of accountability for his foul actions. No remorse, just more lies. Maybe he will feel more inclined to give him the full 20 year sentence.

  4. Did that baby look over 18 Josh? Was it a case of Benjamin button? Please STFU and go crawl under a rock so we can all forget you exist.

  5. Wait what?…. failed to prove that josh knew they were images of minors… Wtf didn’t it say right in the title of a video a girls age (baby if I remember right)?! Absolutely ridiculous. Really hope he gets the max amount of time. Also hope that with cases like this that they find the people creating the horrific csam and get the kids help.

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