Josh Duggar and his wife, Anna Duggar, were all smiles as they left the Arkansas courtroom on Sept. 27. However, the followers of the Duggar family can’t figure it out. The out-of-court news doesn’t look positive for the 33-year-old used car salesman. A federal judge threw up several motions that Duggar’s legal team hoped would dismiss the case or at the very least suppress the evidence. It appears Josh Duggar’s lawsuit will go ahead, at least for now.
Josh Duggar’s legal team filed several motions hoping to get the case dismissed
Duggar, the eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, was arrested in April 2021 on two child pornography charges. A federal judge released him on bond in May to await trial. While Josh Duggar’s hearing date isn’t until November 2021, his legal team has been in motion all summer in hopes of getting the case out, or at the very least, suppressing statements he made to federal agents during November 2019. busy doing. raid
In a motion, Duggar’s lead attorney, Justin Gelfand, argued that the statements Duggar made to federal agents during a 2019 visit to his used car lot should not be allowed in court. The motion argued that Duggar said he would call a lawyer before the agents confiscated his cell phone. The defense claimed that Duggar’s right of lawyer was denied. Had the judge accepted the motion, Duggar would not have allowed in court any statements made during his initial contact with federal agents. This would have included a statement in which he questioned the reason for the agents’ visit.
A federal judge ruled that prosecutors could use statements from accused in Josh Duggar’s trial
The September 27 evidence hearing can be considered a major victory for the prosecution in Josh Duggar’s trial. According to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, a federal judge ruled that none of the motions filed by Duggar’s defense team had merit. All were dismissed during the hearing that lasted for hours.
According to court documents, prosecutors argued that in November 2019, Duggar was not in custody and openly and voluntarily interacted with federal agents. He noted that he was free to leave at any time and was not subject to arrest. Prosecutors also said that federal agents confiscated his phone as part of the investigation. Many legal experts, including YouTube content creators emily de baker, theorized that the judge would reject the motion for that reason. The judge tossed out several other motions.
What does this mean for Duggar’s rescue?
Critics of the Duggar family quickly analyzed the court documents as they came in. Still, not everyone agrees on what this means for Duggar’s rescue. Most followers agree that it seems evidence gathered from Duggar’s car lot is admissible in court. If the case goes on trial, there is every possibility that the prosecution will use it.
The defense requested an additional hearing, known as Frank’s Hearing. A federal judge failed to rule on that in a clear hearing. Frank’s hearing is a proceeding that allows the defense to argue the validity of a search warrant. Information about the motion and why the judge did not cover it during several hours of hearing is not available.
As it stands, the court has set November 30 for Josh Duggar’s trial to begin. A week before a pretrial conference will begin. According to multiple sources, Duggar has until October 20 to accept a plea deal before the actual trial. Anna is also with the couple’s seventh child sometime in the next two months.