As we’ve reported, Josh was arrested by the feds at the end of April. This was in response to him both receiving and possessing child pornography. He pled not guilty and was released on conditions as he waits for his trial in November. Prior to his arrest, he refused a plea deal, in which he would plead guilty and receive a shorter sentence.
In the meantime, Josh’s legal team is building a defense. Recently, the team filed a series of motions, asking for the evidence in the case to be suppressed. The government is now responding to the motions filed by his team, revealing what’s next for Josh.
What does the government have to say about Josh Duggar’s motions?
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reveals that the government is contending Josh’s motions. According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the government found no reason to suppress the evidence or dismiss the charges.
The motions filed have to do with the investigation. Josh’s team wants the statements he made suppressed because he didn’t have a chance to call his lawyer first. Photos of Josh’s hands and feet were taken while he was in custody, and he claims that the photos were taken “illegally.”
While the feds were at the car lot, they searched a few other devices without saving anything they found. Josh’s legal team filed a motion, claiming that evidence should have been preserved. The government responded, “Put simply, the government cannot preserve what it does not have — in this case, forensic images of various cell phones belonging to individuals who were not present on the car lot during the relevant time frame — and the government had no obligation to take investigative steps based on what the defendant might want at some later date.”
Josh’s defense argued that it took too long for the feds to execute the investigation. In response, the government argued that evidence of child pornography doesn’t become “stale.”
For each of Josh’s motions, the government had a response. So, it looks like Josh’s child pornography case will continue and the trial set for November 30 is still on. The government is not going to dismiss the charges or suppress the evidence from the investigation. Soon, we will find out whether Josh is truly guilty of the alleged crimes. If he’s convicted, he will face 20 years in prison and have to pay fines.
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