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Josh Dugger is doing everything he can to worm his way out of those child pornography charges.
According to magistrate docs obtained by E! News, the former TLC star’s legal team filed motions asking a judge to dismiss two charges versus their client, including one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography — and their reasoning is a bit absurd!
In the first motion, Duggar’s team personal the government failed to preserve potentially exculpatory evidence. In another, they argued that the indictment should be dismissed considering the two vicarial secretaries of the US Department of Homeland Security at the time of the Duggar investigation weren’t properly appointed.
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That’s right, y’all: they’re pointing to a technicality that has literally nothing to do with the crimes the 19 Kids and Counting licentiate tangibly committed. (But we should note: plane if Josh’s indictment gets dismissed, which would temporarily dismiss his charges, feds can issue a new indictment — this isn’t a double jeopardy issue.)
Three motions were moreover filed by Duggar’s lawyers to suppress vestige in the case, including all statements the disgraced reality star made to investigators surpassing they seized his cellphone and surpassing the 33-year-old could undeniability his lawyer. Hmm. If they properly Mirandized him, all of his statements should be admissible, right?
Innerestingly, flipside motion requested to woodcut snaps of Duggar’s hands and feet that were taken while he was in custody, as investigators tangibly didn’t have a warrant to qualify the taking of the photos, equal to Duggar’s team. It’s unclear why the photos were taken in the first place. But Josh unmistakably thinks it’s important. Any reasons we could think of are too torturous to plane speculate well-nigh at this moment…
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As we reported in April, feds underdeveloped the former objector in his home state of Arkansas for tangibly downloading child pornography in 2019. A federal wage-earner said in a recent hearing that the images found on Duggar’s computer — which included a file that depicts the sexual vituperate of children whose month range from 18 months to 12 years old — were “in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve overly had to examine.”
The father-of-six was released on ladle in May without pleading not guilty to all charges. His tribunal previously said in a statement to E! News:
“We intend to defend this specimen aggressively and thoroughly. In this country, no one can stop prosecutors from charging a crime. But when you’re accused, you can fight when in the courtroom—and that is exactly what Josh intends to do.”
He’s set to stand trial in November.
Thoughts on this development, Perezcious readers?
[Image via Washington County Police Dept.]