Josh Duggar’s lawyers say prosecutors are withholding evidence they need in his child porn case

Josh Duggar’s defense (pictured) says federal prosecutors are withholding details about a screenshot of the former reality TV star collected by local law enforcement. It says it needs the details to properly defend him in his child porn case

Attorneys for Josh Duggar say the government is withholding evidence in the child porn case against former reality star 19 Kids and Counting.

In a motion filed Monday by Duggar’s attorney Justin Gelfand, he says federal prosecutors are refusing to hand over details of a one-page piece of evidence, which they described as a screenshot that belonged to Duggar.

Gelfand is seeking additional information about the screenshot, collected by Little Rock Police Department detectives, such as the date it was taken, a native version of the file, and details of how it was obtained.

Duggar’s defense was notified of the screenshot’s existence on June 2, but Gelfand has since said his requests for more information have been denied.

The government argued, he said, ‘the information you have requested to further specify the download of your client’s CSAM by 2 other law enforcement agencies is outside the current investigation/case and therefore not covered by the rules of discovery. ‘

Duggar was arrested on April 28 on suspicion of federal child pornography and faces 40 years in prison.  In the photo, he is released from prison on bail on May 6

Duggar was arrested on April 28 on suspicion of federal child pornography and faces 40 years in prison. In the photo, he is released from prison on bail on May 6

Duggar was arrested on April 29 on federal child pornography charges following a Homeland Security raid on his property in 2019.

According to the indictment, he was alleged to have downloaded material showing child sexual abuse in May 2019.

Some of the material he is accused of shows toddlers, prosecutors say.

He pleaded innocent and his trial is set for November 30.

It was originally scheduled for July 6, but his lawyers insisted a judge postpone it

In a motion filed Monday, Duggar's lawyers say they need details about the screenshot, such as the date it was taken, a native version of the file, and details of how it was obtained.

In a motion filed Monday, Duggar’s lawyers say they need details about the screenshot, such as the date it was taken, a native version of the file, and details of how it was obtained.

His computer was reportedly equipped with a “dark web” browser that allowed him to anonymously search for child pornography.

Using the ‘Tor’ browser, he could have bypassed the ‘Covenant Eyes’ anti-porn software that his wife Anna had installed to monitor what her husband was seeing.

He faces two federal charges with a prison term of up to 40 years and is currently under house arrest at the home of a family friend.

On May 8, he was released on bail on the condition that he stay with a third party, family friends LaCount and Maria Reber.

Despite the seriousness of his accusations, Josh will be allowed to see his children – Mackynzie Renée, 11, Michael James, 10, Marcus Anthony, 7, Meredith Grace, 5, Mason Garrett, 3, and Maryella Hope, 19 months – as long as Anna is present.

Since his release on bail, Duggar has not been allowed to return home to his wife and children, who live on his parents' property.  Duggar's wife Anna is pregnant with their seventh child

Since his release on bail, Duggar has not been allowed to return home to his wife and children, who live on his parents’ property. Duggar’s wife Anna is pregnant with their seventh child

A source told People that Anna, 32, does not believe the charges against him and has no intention of ending the marriage — or running away with their six children and seventh unborn baby.

“She’s with him,” the source said. “She thinks Josh is innocent.”

Duggar’s family rose to fame on TLC, where cameras documented their lives as an exceptionally large fundamentalist Christian family.

Their show, 19 Kids and Counting, ran from 2008 to 2015. The popular program was shut down after allegations that Josh had abused four of his sisters and a babysitter. Duggar’s parents said he confessed to the caress and apologized.

Meanwhile, Duggar previously apologized for a porn addiction and cheating on his wife.

Josh Duggar’s sister, Jill, and her husband Derick, previously broke their silence over the former reality star’s child porn arrest.

Jill and Derick spoke to The sun, with Jill saying, ‘We’re very sad about the whole thing, it’s terrible. It’s all very sad. Josh’s wife Anna is pregnant with their seventh child, I can’t imagine how she feels.’

The Duggar family in 2014. Their show, 19 Kids and Counting, ran from 2008 to 2015

The Duggar family in 2014. Their show, 19 Kids and Counting, ran from 2008 to 2015

Derick said that “if there is anything to do with child pornography, of course we hope justice is done.”

‘I don’t think anyone supports child pornography. We feel sad for Anna, put yourself in her situation and imagine how you would feel if that happened to your family member. I can imagine it would be very difficult,” he added.

Josh’s other sister, Jinger, and her husband, Jeremy, also responded to Duggar’s charges after they were made public last week.

“We are alarmed to hear about the charges against Josh. While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support the authorities and the judicial process in their pursuit of justice,” the couple wrote in a statement on Instagram.

Duggar’s parents and fellow 19 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar also made a statement last Friday.

“We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time. The charges brought against Joshua today are very serious,” they said in the statement obtained by… People magazine.

“It is our prayer that the truth, whatever it is, will come to light and that all of this will be resolved in a timely manner.” They added, “We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their families.”

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