JOSH Duggar is begging for an extension to file a “new motion,” as his lawyer vowed to appeal the guilty verdict in his child pornography case.
Josh, 33, was found guilty of possessing and receiving child pornography on December 9 after a nearly two-week trial.
Josh Duggar begged for an extension to file a ‘new motion’ in his child pornography case[/caption]
Josh’s legal team vowed to appeal the guilty verdict[/caption]
After the guilty verdict, Josh’s attorney Justin Gelfand said in a press conference that his team plans to file an appeal.
Now, The Sun can exclusively reveal Josh’s legal team filed an “unopposed motion for additional time to file post-trial motions” on January 5.
The filing requested the court grant him an additional 10 days to file the post-trial motions, as the deadline is 30 days after the verdict.
Common post-trial motions include a motion for a new trial and motion for judgement acquittal.
The court documents read: “The defense has ordered the trial transcripts in this matter and have been informed by the court reporter that the transcripts are expected to be completed next week.
“Because the transcripts are necessary with respect to certain issues Duggar intends to raise in his post-trial motions, Duggar respectfully requests that this Court grant this request for a brief extension of 10 additional days in which to file his motions so that the transcripts may be utilized and so that this Court will have a more precise record from which to consider Duggar’s motions.”
Judge Timothy L. Brooks approved the request.
Josh and his team have until January 19, 2022 to file any motions.
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‘WE PLAN TO APPEAL’
Josh’s lawyer said in a press conference on December 9: “We respect the jury’s verdict and we look forward to continuing this on appeal.
“We plan to appeal at the appropriate time.”
Josh faces 20 years in prison for each of the two counts.
Josh was arrested and charged with possessing and receiving child pornography in April 2021.
The guilty verdict is the culmination of a nearly two-week trial that saw graphic details and testimony.
Among the most shocking revelations was the testimony from Josh’s ex-girlfriend’s mother, Bobye Holt, who broke down in tears and claimed in court that he once confessed to molesting a 5-year-old girl when he was a teen.
Bobye told the jury that she visited the Duggar’s home when Josh was 15, and at that time he confessed to touching the 5-year-old girl inappropriately.
“We have been friends with the Duggars for 36 years. Our children were best friends,” she told the courtroom.
“Our oldest was Josh’s girlfriend in November of 2002. It was formal. They were 14.”
Bobye continued: “On March 23, 2003, Mr. Duggar asked us to come over for an important matter.”
According to Bobye, Josh admitted to inappropriately touching several girls when he was “12 to 15 years old.”
Bobye alleged the youngest girl was 5-years-old and her molestation occurred during bible time.
The family friend then broke down in tears, as she revealed horrifying details of the molestation confession The Sun has chosen not to include in this post.
She then testified that the plan was for her daughter and Josh to “get married,” but the parents decided to call off the courtship after learning of the alleged sexual abuse.
She explained: “He told us so our oldest daughter would know why the relationship had to end. Josh went to a facility for troubled youth.”
In 2015, a police report was published that revealed his dad, Jim Bob, confessed to local authorities in 2006 that Josh inappropriately touched several young girls while they were asleep in the family home years prior.
The state used the molestation information at trial, as it shows his alleged “sexual interest in young girls.”
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More damning evidence came when officials dissected Josh’s HP computer, which they argued had access to the dark web.
On one of the first days of the trial, it was revealed that one file name found on his HP desktop computer was of a video of a “3-month-old being sexually abused.”
One folder contained 65 thumbnail files, which is where the disturbing content was found.
The jury was shown the images and videos prosecutors claim were found on his computer.
Prosecutor William Clayman provided alleged texts from Josh’s phone, as well as photos taken on the device, were shown to take place at the same time that child pornography content was supposedly being downloaded at Wholesale Motorcars.
When the jury handed over the verdict, Josh was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody at Washington County Jail, where he was placed in solitary confinement away from other prisoners for his safety until his sentencing.
Though Josh, who shares seven children with Anna, didn’t cry after hearing the guilty verdict, he was “teary-eyed” and “solemn” when handcuffed, according to The Sun’s reporter at the scene.
He stopped to tell his wife Anna that he “loved” her on his way out.
Josh was arrested on two counts of child pornography in April 2021[/caption]
Josh is currently behind bars at Washington County Sheriff’s Office awaiting sentencing[/caption]
Josh’s wife Anna has supported her husband through the trial[/caption]
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673).