Former “19 Children and Counting” star Josh Duggar has requested a federal court docket to maneuver his little one pornography trial from this July to subsequent 12 months, Fox Information has discovered.
In federal court docket data filed on Thursday, Duggar’s authorized group asks the court docket to “proceed the trial on this case from the present setting of July 6, 2021.”
“Particularly, Duggar requests that this Courtroom set a trial date on this case in or after February 2022,” the submitting continues.
Within the docs, Duggar’s attorneys spell out the reasoning for his or her continuance request.
“It is a complicated case arising out of a several-year federal investigation regarding allegations involving each the so-called ‘darkish internet’ and peer-to-peer BitTorrent file-sharing networks,” the submitting states. “Based mostly on the invention supplied up to now, the Authorities’s allegations largely heart on pc forensic proof and anticipated skilled opinion testimony. The protection has retained an unbiased pc forensic skilled who should conduct a pc forensic examination of every of the gadgets at subject – a time consuming course of that requires evaluate at a authorities facility for the one gadget the Authorities alleges contained little one pornography.”
The protection group goes on to assert it wants extra time to evaluate “the remaining gadgets that the Authorities doesn’t allege contained little one pornography.”
Duggar’s attorneys anticipate it “could take a number of months” to evaluate such proof. The previous actuality star‘s authorized group additionally argues that it’s nonetheless ready on further discovery from the federal government “however has not acquired it” regardless of “a number of requests.”
The submitting goes on to assert that Duggar’s authorized group was caught off guard by a current disclosure concerning the businesses concerned within the investigation.
“Remarkably, the Authorities additionally lately disclosed – for the primary time and solely by means of a screenshot of an unidentified database – that the 2 different Arkansas state legislation enforcement businesses allegedly participated on this investigation at the very least in a minimal capability. The search warrant purposes make no reference to those businesses, the Particular Agent’s testimony on the detention listening to made no point out of those businesses, and the rest of the invention doesn’t reveal which businesses participated an what, if something, these businesses did,” the submitting states.
Duggar was arrested by U.S. Marshals on April 29 in Arkansas. Sooner or later later, he was indicted on federal little one pornography fees and pleaded not responsible. He was granted launch by a federal decide as he awaits a July trial.
Duggar starred on TLC’s “19 Children and Counting” till it was pulled from the community in 2015 following revelations that he had molested 4 of his sisters and a babysitter. His mother and father stated he had confessed to the fondling and apologized.
Duggar beforehand apologized for a pornography habit and dishonest on his spouse, Anna. Josh and Anna Duggar have been married since 2008 and share six kids with a seventh on the way in which.
It seems the federal government has not but issued a response to Duggar’s submitting. A U.S. trial lawyer within the case didn’t instantly return Fox Information’ request for remark.